The hallways of William McKinley High are looking more and more like A-list red carpets. The hit show “Glee,” which just kicked off its second season, boasts upcoming cameos from Britney Spears and Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem ready to rock the small screen. Now, another superstar is slated to drop in on the song-and-dance powerhouse: Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy recently told the BBC that the Academy Award winner and “Iron Man” star will showcase her pipes in two upcoming episodes in the second season as a substitute teacher for Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison). Murphy insisted that Paltrow, who is already renowned for her acting skills, can rip the mic as well.
“Gwyneth is a great singer,” Murphy said. “She’s done it a little bit, but I really want to show it off and show everyone how great she is.”
Paltrow is no stranger to the music scene. In addition to crooning in the 2000 movie “Duets” (and being married to superstar Coldplay frontman Chris Martin), Paltrow portrays a drug-addled country belter attempting a comeback in the upcoming movie “Country Strong.”
“I played a country music singer. It’s all new, original work. It was incredible,” Paltrow told MTV News in May. Paltrow said she worked on building her musical skill set for the film, which features country hitmaker Tim McGraw and fellow music-dabbling actress Leighton Meester . “I had to learn how to play guitar, and I took singing lessons. It was a real challenge, but I felt like I pretty much pulled it off.”
Paltrow’s song “Country Strong,” which she recorded for the movie, hit the Web in July.
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