Taylor Swift and “Glee,” together at last: Ryan Murphy spilled the beans during the “Glee” cast’s screening and panel at the TV Academy on Tuesday, May 1 that Swifty’s music will finally appear on the FOX hit. Two characters will duet on the song “Mean” during an upcoming episode.
Who, exactly, will sing the Swift song? Read on for that and more delightful tidbits Zap2it gleaned from the panel, including the pranks the cast plays on newbies, how Nene Leakes‘ guest role came to be and the trouble with Amber Riley and Chord Overstreet kissing. The entire cast was in attendance (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr., Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Matthew Morrison and Dot Marie Jones) aside from Dianna Agron and Mark Salling, who were stuck on set filming.
Everyone’s envious of Whoopi Goldberg’s bus.
The actress, who guested as the NYADA dean during “Choke,” notoriously doesn’t fly — instead she has a tour bus that she uses to travel across the country. “I have been on the bus,” Morrison admits. “There’s a toiet but there’s no shower, and there’s just a big back bedroom and an area up front where the driver and her friends hang out and huge TVs. She’s had it since 1994.”
Nene Leakes got her role not because of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” but because of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
“I was a huge fan of Nene when she was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,'” Murphy says. When the writing team was creating the Roz Washington character, they imagined her talking like Nene did on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ but instead of hiring someone like her, they just hired the Atlanta housewife herself. “I had read before that she started out as an actress so I just called her [and offered her the part].” Her first scene was a page-long monologue, and Murphy says the crew gave her an applause afterwards for doing such great work.
The “Glee” cast likes to mess with newbies.
It’s not exactly hazing, but Riley admits the cast plays around with the fresh meat by giving them funny nicknames — Overstreet was known as “New Booty” — and by telling them their call times have changed. “One day Sam [Larsen] was in his trailer for like two hours after everybody else left, but we were joking! We didn’t think he wasn’t going to do it,” she says. But don’t blame her. “It wasn’t me!”
Criss says “We like Damian [McGinty] a lot because he’s Irish and every experience he has is like a new American experience. And even if it’s something that isn’t even American, we can justify making him do it by saying ‘No, it’s an American thing.'” For example: “‘Just get me and everyone else a coffee and a sandwich, it’s like an American thing.'”
Coach Bieste and Puck take on Taylor Swift.
Jones played coy during her interview with Zap2it before the panel, but Ryan Murphy spilled the beans about Bieste’s next musical number during episode 20. “In two weeks she sings ‘Mean’ by Taylor Swift with Mark [Salling].”
Amber Riley says Chord Overstreet’s Trouty Mouth causes problems during their kissing scenes.
“I think it’s always interesting when we kiss because both of our lips are so big,” she jokes, cracking up her castmates. “No, working with him is really fun. Chord is a lot of fun and he’s really, really funny. He does great impressions.”