Damian McGinty arrives on the red carpet at the 2012 Fox Winter TCA all star party at Castle Green on Sunday, Jan. 8 in Pasadena, CA © 2012 Fox

On the reality show The Glee Project, Damian McGinty, along with Samuel Larsen, won a seven episode arc on Fox’s popular series, Glee.

I caught up with Damian at a Fox party last month and asked him what his experience playing Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan on the show has been like.

Has your experience on Glee been what you thought it would be?

Rory (Damian McGinty) and Finn (Cory Monteith) perform at Regionals in the "On My Way" © 2012 Fox

Honestly, it’s been what I thought and so much more. It’s probably a little harder and more hours than I had imagined. It was weird for me because I started in Episode Four, and it was crazy.

I was heavily involved with really late nights and early mornings.

Then Episode Five came up, where we put on the school show, and I knew because I had just joined they didn’t have anything for me in the school show. I was really quiet that week and I was thinking, ‘Maybe this is the way it will be.

A week crazy, a week quiet,’ I was so wrong. (he laughs) Ever since then, it has been crazy.

What was the cast like when you walked on the set the very first day?

I was really scared. It’s intimidating. But they’ve accepted me so well. They’re all so nice. I was scared, but I promised myself that I would go on the set and just be me, just be Damian. And thank God they’ve taken me in. In fact, we hang out on the weekends and it’s awesome.

Have you done all of your seven episodes?

Damian McGinty, Harry Shum Jr and Chord Overstreet celebrate the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 © 2012 Fox

Yes, I’m on my tenth. So I hope I get to stay.

Are you going to be on the series next year, because I know a lot of the cast are ‘graduating.’

I’m certainly not graduating, but it remains to be seen whether I’m going to be kept on. My plan is to work hard to make sure I’m there next season. I want to become a regular.

What about the other winner, Samuel Larsen, has he started his seven episodes yet?

Samuel just started

That’s kind of surprising, isn’t it, as you are so far into the season?

Yeah, that’s true. There are nine episodes left in the season.

What was it like working with your fellow cast member, Matthew Morrison, as a director on the Christmas episode?

Matthew was amazing. It was interesting for him because he understands what we’re doing from an actor’s point-of-view, so the advice he was giving was amazing. Matthew is such a great guy and a real role model and he’s very wise. I look up to Matthew, I have to say.

What has been the most fun for you doing the show?

The Michael Jackson tribute episode was great. There was a lot of quick music and heavy choreography, but it was awesome. I also loved working with Ricky Martin, we did a number with him and it’s got to be one of the best numbers we’ve ever done.

Judy Sloane

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