Q&A: 'Glee' Star Ashley Fink on 3-D, Jellybeans and Her Baby-Daddy

Lauren Zizes may have a bit of a punchy personality, but Ashley Fink is just the opposite.

When we sat down with the "Glee" star to ask her about her 3-D movie, she was all bubbles and sweetness. We even talked about jellybeans.

"My dad loves jelly beans and I’ll eat them all at the movie theaters or something," she shared. "You know how you reach in like, 'This is fine. This is okay. Grape, okay. Orange, okay. Buttered popcorn?!" It literally ruins my day. So I usually stay away from jellybeans, in general.

"I'm more of a Reese's Pieces kind of person. It has protein and no surprises."

Starring in "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," however, was a huge surprise.

What did you think when you first found out the "Glee" tour was going to be a movie?

Ever since [my character] joined the Glee club, all I wanted to do was go on tour and I was so excited about it. And then when we found out we were doing the movie, we kind of forgot. I know that sounds terrible, but I kind of forgot we filmed the movie because we stuck it in there. They really were filming us just doing the live show. So, I’m really excited. It’s going to be an honest representation of what you’d see if you had come.

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Do you think there was an added pressure of doing it in 3-D?

You know, I don’t think there’s an added pressure. I think it’s going to be amazing because Harry Shum Jr. is going to be dancing at you.

 

And do you think there is any downside to doing it in 3-D?

I wear glasses in movies so you have to do glasses over glasses – it's not cute… I don’t think there’s any downside to doing it in 3-D. Maybe there’s a downside to having to wear 3-D glasses. [Laughs].

Since you started, have you had any pinch-yourself moments?

I get in my car after a day of working with John Stamos or Gwyneth Paltrow and I go "Whoa," you know? I have to pinch myself like “Nope.” Or the alarm goes off at 5 in the morning, and you’re like, "Is this real? Yep, okay, there’s the 'Glee' script, okay good! I didn’t dream this!"

Has the singing or the dancing been the bigger challenge?

The dancing, for sure. Just because When the kids first started – season one, episode one – they had weeks to learn numbers. I learned our two regionals numbers the day of. My episode I came in was regionals and I literally had to learn two dances day of. And so I was freaked out. If you have the night to sleep on it, it kind of like cements in your body but I was freaked out. Heather Morris and everybody helped me so much. Literally, in between takes I’d be like “Turn to the left?!  Turn to the right?! Which is it?!” But there’s beauty in editing.

Has anyone come up to you and told you that you're an inspiration to them?

Yeah, absolutely… Growing up is so hard, and kids can be so mean and just the fact that people feel more comfortable being themselves because “Glee” is on the air, is just amazing. Doing “Glee” is so much fun for all of us that get to be included it in, but then knowing that the hard work that we’re doing and the fun we’re having is actually changing people’s lives is just mind-blowing. And little kids come up and say “I’m not afraid to be myself because I feel represented” – people make me cry all the time…

When you see a little chubby girl run up to you and she's just beside herself because she just feels so proud and so validated to be herself because walking the halls of her school is difficult just because of who she is. To feel that she feels better every Tuesday night when she’s watching “Glee” and she is walking with confidence. And she’s like “You know what, guess what? I could get Puck.”

So, do you know what year in school Lauren is?

No, I have no idea. I have no idea what grade anybody’s in.

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Well, presumably she has to be at least a junior because she was on Prom Court.

Oh! That’s a good point! I went to a performing arts school and I graduated with five other people, so I don’t know how that works. So, if you’re in a prom court you have to be at least a junior?

Well I think they talked about it being the junior prom.

That would make me a senior this year, right?

Presumably. So what are you hearing about these graduation rumors?

Ryan [Murphy], Ian [Brennan] and Brad [Falchuk], our three creators, they’ve literally written every episode of the show for two seasons – it's almost unheard of. They don’t have a writer’s room. They’ve gotten writers this season. I think there are a lot of ideas being thrown around and I think there are a couple of ideas that people have picked up on and just ran with, but I don’t think anything is set in stone or anything is decided. Certainly as far as I know, I don’t think anything is decided. So, we’ll see.

Excluding yourself, which of your cast mates do you think has the biggest shot at a huge movie career?

[Laughs] Oh my gosh! I think everybody does. That’s a very political answer. But I honestly think that they did a really good job casting and everyone is phenomenal and has lots of talent. I would die to go see Chris Colfer leading in a movie. I would die to go see it, but that’s me personally. He’s my best friend and my baby daddy, so I’m a little biased.

So you’re psyched for “Struck By Lightning” then?

I’m so psyched. I was on set last week, it’s going to be amazing.