Glee: The 3d Concert Movie
Day 2 © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox

Are you a Gleek? Did you try to get into one of the Glee concerts without any luck? Here’s a movie made just for you. Glee: the 3D Concert Movie will let fans all over the world enjoy the experience of the cast of the phenomenally successful series singing and dancing their hearts out – and they are truly talented.

Members of the cast got together to discuss their experiences on the road in the States and Europe, and their hopes for the new season.

One of the greatest things about this movie is we get to see the impact that you have made on your fans. Do you get feedback from them?

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Chad Overstreet and Amber Riley arrive at the World Premier © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox

Amber: We get letters and Tweets from fans telling us how each character has touched them and changed them in some way. I can’t really take the credit. We have really great writers.

I think those kids are just are just brave, watching the show and identifying with it and coming out and being themselves.

You are usually just shooting on a set, how was the experience of doing a concert in front of enormous audiences?

Darren: Well, to ride on what Amber was saying, there’s this huge fan presence that’s undeniable. But when it is on social media it isn’t as immediately tangible because it’s inherently disconnected via a computer screen.

To experience all these people in real time is a pretty cathartic moment. You have all these people from all around the world cheering and dancing, it’s a very symbiotic thing. And they’re celebrating the show with you and we’re celebrating what they’re celebrating. It is an incredible experience.

Lea: It’s instant gratification, basically. And so we get the opportunity to feed off of that. Now gratefully our crew is dancing along with us and nobody knows.

It’s interesting that you did the concert in character. Do you ever get to come out as yourselves?

Lea: We got to shoot these really fun little backstage [scenes] with Ryan Murphy where he was interviewing us in character. And I guess some of us onstage if they wanted to really embody their characters, they did. I kind of feel like I did a nice blend of Rachel and of Lea while I was onstage performing. We are our characters, but at the same time, when you walk onstage we’re ourselves.

Darren: It’s hard. I definitely blew it a couple times. Up in San Francisco I was making shout outs to my parents. (My character) Blaine’s probably never even been to San Francisco.

Chris: I had to be in character. You just have to leave yourself at the door sometimes because there’s no way I could do Single Ladies every night. That’s when you just leave yourself behind.

What’s your advice if you want to get involved with singing and dancing?

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Lea Michelle jokes around with Darren Criss arrive at the World Premier at The Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 6th, 2011 © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox

Lea: Take classes. Work hard. Practice. It’s not, you know, it doesn’t appear overnight, talent. It takes a lot of work honing your craft. But also don’t give up. Because people may say you’re not good enough.

I had so many teachers in college and high school saying, ‘You’re not going to make it.’ And luckily I had enough people around me who said I could.

Jenna: But I think it’s also important for kids who know that they want to be performers is to find really what you are particularly good at and your unique talent.

I think that our television show really focuses on each person’s individual talent. Whether you’re a singer who can move well or a fantastic dancer who sings well, find what you’re good at and go for that. Because people in this world right now are so craving for people’s uniqueness.

What are you excited about with the third season of Glee?

Lea: Everything.

Amber: We’re excited to see what’s going to happen.

Lea: I know that they’re doing a back-to-basics season, really focusing on it being very similar to a Glee, Season One. And that’s exciting. The first script was amazing. I absolutely love it.

There are a lot of songs that have not been on the charts in a while, but were hits of the past. And I love doing stuff like that. And it’s some of our senior year so we want to make it great, and see what it’s like to be like a senior in high school.

I know you just came back from doing your shows in England. Did you find the audience there were different than touring in the States, because they can be reserved sometimes?

Lea: Oh, no.

Darren: The afternoon crowd in Manchester blew my mind. That matinee in Manchester was off the chain.

Chris: The screaming tween is universal.

Lea: I think they were really excited that we’d come all the way there to see them. We did a lot of performances in Europe.

Mark: : Yeah. And it wasn’t just England. I think it’s because that was the only place that we kind of scraped the surface. A lot of Western Europe came.

We were meeting at meet and greets with people from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, et cetera. So it was a big hub for most of Europe. It was a crazy crowd. I thought it was crazy here!

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Chris Colfer, Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale and Darren Criss arrive at the World Premier © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox

For Darren and Chris, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community is a big part of your new storyline. There’s a fan in the movie named Trent, who was very inspired by your story on the show. Is that the kind of feedback you get from your fans?

Chris: Yeah, absolutely. And I hope we get to meet the kids that are in the movie. I have some choice words for the kids that [bullied] him. So I hope I never meet them. But, yeah, it’s crazy when you represent such a select community.

Just the stories that you hear that are heartbreaking and inspiring and they always thank you so much not realizing that it’s really them who are brave. And it’s them who are the strong ones.

Darren: Yeah. I was going to say the same thing. It’s mutually inspiring of whatever things that we’ve given them via our writers. We’re part of something that’s so much greater than just the characters. It’s a greater story and a greater ideal.

I think they are much braver than they think they are because it comes right back to us. And that goes into every performance, it’s not just a job anymore. It’s like I’ve been given this superhero’s costume I get to play in and it’s a privilege.

What do you hope the movie will achieve that the series might not?

Amber: I think that the great thing is that this movie is going to put a lot of things in perspective for people and they’ll get back to what the show is really about.

It’s not about gossip. It’s not about drama. It’s about these kids that are connected to each and every one of these characters. And our characters literally have grown up with them. And we are helping them through adolescence, helping them through high school; helping them through junior high.

I’m hoping that that’s what this movie’s going to do.


Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.