Oh hey, have you heard? "Glee" is kind of a big deal. It's why filming an episode of "Glee" based on "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has now made the series' creator Ryan Murphy a major contender to remake the cult classic, why star Lea Michele now gets the paparazzi engagement treatment, and why Paul McCartney sends mixed tapes of his music to the "Glee" offices so he can be the next star to get an episode based on him.
The latest magazine to jump on the "Glee" success train is GQ, who made the little musical show that could the subject of their latest cover story. "I didn't want to do a family show," Ryan said. "I wanted to do my version of a family show. But we try to be as responsible as we can, because we know some young people watch. Some of the humor goes over their head, hopefully."
The story focuses on a lot of the behind-the-scenes goings on of "Glee," including its move from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., to a sound stage on the Paramount lot, which Cory Monteith said is "a testament to the juggernaut that 'Glee' has become."
The show's two leading ladies, Lea and Dianna Agron, at one point even had rumors swirling about them being lovers offscreen! "When it was just Lea and me, I was like, ‘We're in skimpy clothes, we're up against each other. This is feeding those rumors.' I've never been shot in so little clothing," she said. Of course, part of that is because she played a pregnant teen on "Glee." "I remember Ryan saying, ‘You're about to get pregnant.' And I thought, ‘Bring it on.' When they put the pregnancy pad under my cheerleading outfit, I was walking around the set, and people were like, ‘Only on Glee!'"
One of the most interesting parts of the article is the comparison of "Glee" to its musical lead-in, Fox's hit "American Idol." "One is about being judged, and one is not," Lea told GQ. But honestly, despite the obvious musical comparison, the shows are about as different as possible. While "Idol" has thousands of people lining up to be humiliated on national television for a hope at glory, "Glee" is all about universal acceptance, no matter who you are.
Lea, however, hasn't always felt this "universal acceptance," fielding rumors about her own body, particularly those who insist she get a nose job. "I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn't get one. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, 'Barbra Streisand didn't get a nose job. You're not getting a nose job.' And I didn't," she said. "That's why I'm proud to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, 'You don't need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.'''
Do you think that "Glee" is the perfect show for our generation?