Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is about to hit the silver screen. Earlier in the week Movie Fanatic published our interview with half of the Glee cast. Now the rest of the Glee gang -- Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling and Cory Monteith -- close out our Glee cast interview with further insight into the phenomenon that is Glee.
When Glee debuted on Fox, it was with little fanfare. But it was when the show’s version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ from the pilot hit YouTube -- a sensation was born.
After two seasons, the hit show is getting the Hollywood treatment in a big time 3D concert movie. After season two concluded the cast of Glee hit the road on tour and 3D cameras followed them and captured the power that the show has had on its fans. Seven of the show’s stars recently sat with Movie Fanatic at the W Hotel in Westwood and dished what it means to each of them to have the little show that could become a full fledged movie miracle.
Movie Fanatic: The Glee movie opens with Don’t Stop Believin’ and what a perfect song to start the film. When the show first did Don't Stop Believin’, it really took off. Was there any doubt in your mind that the show would become what it was when you had such a resonant song in that first show?
Cory Monteith: I think that was one of the first experiences that showed how resonant that song was. It was such an indication of where the show was going. I don't think any of us could have imagined the lengths that it would go. Myself, I was shocked at how widely it was being received across demographics, across age groups. That was a big moment for me.
Kevin McHale: I don't even think we realized as we were filming it, the gravity, the effect it could have. I remember when we all watched the pilot together for the first time before it had aired, and we were like, “Oh, crap. This is good.” [Laughs] When we were filming it, we had no idea what we were doing. We were having fun. It was such a new thing. We didn't know what to compare it to. Once it was all put together and Ryan did his thing, we're like, “Ah, yes!”
Movie Fanatic: The great thing about the film is the audience witnesses the impact you all have had on your fans. Naya, have you heard from girls who are struggling with their sexuality as your character Santana is experiencing?
Naya Rivera: I guess I can say Heather and I both receive letters constantly now from teenage girls that are struggling with their sexuality. I think that since we've tapped into that now, they have something to look up to that maybe wasn't on television before in that way. I know she met someone at a meet-and-greet that was like, "Thank you. I came out to my parents because of you guys." I get letters like that too. I think it's great.
Heather Morris: Girls are quiet about it. I'm sure growing up I probably had a handful of girlfriends that weren't sure but kept it under wraps. It wasn't as accepted to say it out loud. I think it's easier for some people now.
Movie Fanatic: You toured last summer with the show and this past summer saw the tour captured for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. Was it any different knowing the world would see your live show?
Mark Salling: I think a big part of it is the cast, everyone brings something to the table -- something different. It's a lot of weight off your shoulders. You're going to get something amazing here, and you're going to get something amazing when you bring this person on the stage. I think that helped a lot.
Movie Fanatic: It was only over the two concerts you had the 3D following you around on the tour. But, did the cameras wielding around affect any of you in terms of your performance?
Kevin McHale: It got in my way once. The whole thing was I didn't get out of my wheelchair until I was hidden behind the band, and that had been so strongly stressed when we started the tour was to not break that. The 3D camera was in the way in the back, and I got a little angry because I had to leave the chair out in the middle so everybody could see me just get up and leave because you had to make room for the camera.
Dianna Agron: The 3D cameras were actually really beautiful to watch, because they were all suspended on these cords. I called them the black flying swans. Also the lighting had to be a little bit different for the movie so you could see so many more people than you could normally see. That actually was a really cool thing to pay attention to.
Movie Fanatic: For the TV show, you’re on a small set constantly aware of performing for the TV cameras. When you have this enormous arena stage to sing on, how was it different?
Kevin McHale: We had so much space to work with [laughs]. Normally we don't get that much space, and I think the more space you have, the more you can let loose.
Dianna Agron: Every now and then there'd be a rare explosion, and you're like, “That was really close. Maybe I should have paid attention a little bit.”
Cory Monteith: The possibility of being set on fire makes the performance really hot.
Mark Salling: Or falling off the edge [laughs].
Dianna Agron: You should always look down every now and then [laughs].
Heather Morris: I fell off once.
Naya Rivera: You fell off the stage?
Dianna Agron: Lea (Michele) saved me once. There was a slightly smaller stage, and the fireworks, the drizzling rain fire, came down a little closer than it normally was, on top of us, and Lea was like, “Get over here. You're about to die.” It was kind of serious.
Movie Fanatic: What are each of you hoping for for your characters this upcoming third season of Glee?
Naya Rivera: We're really excited to get back to work. It's like going back to school. We're really excited about this season. As far as what I would like to see in my character, I don't know. I'd like to see her be pretty mean this year -- real mean. Maybe get a girlfriend.
Heather Morris: I'd like to see her have a girlfriend for sure. Like, a hot girl. She has to be hot -- like gorgeous.
Movie Fanatic: With Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, did you all get to live out your rock star fantasies?
Kevin McHale: I think at some point everyone, when they’re a kid, was on their bed singing into a fake microphone. I think everyone experiences that at some point in their lives. It’s easier when you’re on stage with thirteen or fourteen other people so you’re not so nervous.
Heather Morris: It still feels exactly the same way. Like you get on stage, once you get over the nervousness, then you have that one moment where you're like, "This feels like I'm playing in my room!"