If the friendships and relationships on "Glee" seem authentic, that's because they are. The cast, particularly the women (no cat fights here!), have bonded so well with one another over these past two whirlwind years that it's hard to tell where "Glee" friendships stop and the real ones begin.
Three of the hit show's leading ladies, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Amber Riley sat down with Marie Claire for Q&As in which they discussed everything from their pre-"Glee" days to their present-day girl bonding (they throw a females-only chill session called the First Wives Club, despite, funnily enough, none of them ever being married!)
Dianna's conflicted prom-queen-wannabe Quinn Fabray may often butt heads with Lea's type-A, star-in-the-making Rachel Berry (after all, they're both vying for Cory Monteith's oh-so-cute football player/Glee club member Finn Hudson!), but off screen things couldn't be more different between the two.
Dianna recalled to Marie Claire, "Lea taught me how to stand up for myself more, like realizing that I can't be in 10 places at the same time. She's also very protective. Once, we were flying from Sydney to Melbourne when a crazy guy grabbed my face and kissed me. Lea yelled and pushed him off of me. A mean stewardess who hadn't seen it turned around and said, 'You two be quiet!' And Lea yelled, 'No, that man just kissed my friend!'"
Of course, the girls don't just have each others' backs, as they've also bonded with their "Glee" boys! Amber—who revealed that she goes by the nickname "Mama A" on the "Glee" set because she's always looking out for her friends—told Marie Claire that Chris Colfer is very much her own Kurt Hummel. She said of her on-and-off-screen BFF, "Chris Colfer really is my Kurt. That's my baby. Having his character at that other school—Dalton Academy—this season is driving me up the wall."
Rachel might be torn over Finn, but Lea has no problems whatsoever with her co-star Cory. That is, when he's not cracking her up during takes. Lea told the mag, "I love working with Cory so much. He's my buddy. The other day we did a scene, and my direction was to look longingly at him as he walked away. And I'm looking at him...looking...looking...and he starts making fart noises off camera. And I'm like, 'What the f---? What are you doing? I'm supposed to be in love with you? Are you crazy?' So thanks, Cory, for that."
While the stars certainly have no problem relating to their characters when it comes to loving their fellow "Glee"-mates, sometimes they have to dig a little deeper when it comes to the high school stuff. Lea was definitely a smart, go-getter like Rachel in her high school days, but unlike her, she was pretty popular and wasn't out to steal the spotlight from her classmates!
Lea admitted, "I wasn't the coolest kid, but I got by. I played volleyball, I was a varsity debater—I won a lot of trophies for that; I talk very fast!—and I only did one play and one musical because I wanted to give other people an opportunity. I also had a long-term high school boyfriend—there was some intense, emotional journaling from that—and a nice group of friends. It was really normal."
Things were pretty different for Amber, too, as a matter of fact. The actress—who, before nabbing "Glee" was an "Ikea customer service rep for two years and loved it"—talked about how she differed from the sassy, yet struggling Mercedes Jones.
Amber explained, "Mercedes and I share confidence, but I would never dress that way! I love color, but all the sneakers and neon and jewelry that she wears? I also never had her insecurities about weight—I was skinny in high school—but I love that now I get to show girls how to be comfortable with their bodies."
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