‘Glee’ Star Dianna Agron Talks Quinn’s Thanksgiving Return, Kitty and Catfights With Santana (Q&A)
Although the newly-minted Nintendo ambassador admits she hasn’t decorated her shiny red Nintendo 3DS just yet, she wouldn’t be opposed to adding a few stickers, preferably ones with cats on them.
Needless to say, this Glee starlet has come a long way since Quinn Fabray. Not only is she the creator the artistic site You, Me and Charlie, but the actress also has an indie film with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer – titled Malavita – coming out next year. But don’t worry Gleeks: Agron is making her triumphant return to McKinley just in time for Thanksgiving.
Celebuzz recently chatted with Agron on everything from Glee and Malavita to her BFF Taylor Swift.
Celebuzz: Quinn is returning to Lima for Thanksgiving. What has she been up to at Yale?
Dianna Agron: School stuff! [Laughs] She’s been a little mischievous. She’s in a whole new ballpark, but at the same time, she’s grown into this new woman. She thinks she’s very sophisticated now. You’ll hear a little speech that she gives about her recent endeavors at school. It’s quite comical. Her extra-curricular activities are very interesting.
CB: Has she found herself a Yalie to shack up with?
DA: In some ways, you could say that. I don’t want to elaborate too much, but you’ll see. It’s pretty great, especially for Quinn. It’s like every season she’s someone new.
CB: Right! The Madonna of Glee, really. If only she could find a way to get rid of her ironic tattoo of Ryan Seacrest.
DA: I know. I think we’ll never see that ever again.
CB: There are some pretty great Quinn and Santana (Naya Rivera) moments coming up. Ryan Murphy recently joked on Twitter that he wants a spinoff for you two. What can you tell us about their reunion?
DA: Naya is one of my best friends, so it’s funny because the things that we do on the show are not necessarily the best friend behavior that you would want to have in your life. We have quite an interesting confrontation in this episode coming up. I’m not going to say exactly what, but I will say I nominated for really going for it. There was a lot of hesitation, but in the end, it will be really funny. There was some agression that was taken out. I’m not going to say whether it was verbal or physical, but let’s just say the stunt coordinator was on set. Think back to the fight in the hallway if you remember that episode.
CB: Of course! So it’s going to be Part 2?
DA: Yes! Exactly.
CB: So there was hestation on Naya’s part, but you were all for going hard?
DA: Well, you do things within safety limitations [laughs]. But I think if you trust and love somebody enough, like I love Naya, it make things a little bit easier to go a little bit further. It’s a great scene. The moment reminds me very much of Season 1. There’s a lot of emotion.
CB: You and Naya must be BFFs because all you do is tweet her cat photos.
DA: Yeah, I do. It started a long time ago. It’s not a new obsession by any means. It’s been an ongoing obsession. Sometimes, it’s the littlest things that bring you the most joy.
CB: A lot of fans love the Quinn and Rachel (Lea Michele) friendship. Will there be any moments between the two in the future?
DA: I have no idea! I don’t really know what’s coming up for Quinn and Rachel. I’ve been much more unknowing this season, which is fun, but it’s also so very different. I’d love for them to have a few scenes. They’re both maturing, and I think it could be powerful to see how far they’ve come.
CB: Maybe Quinn could come to New York?
DA: Of course! Because that means that I get to go to New York — or the fake New York on Paramount, one of the two [laughs]. But that would be so fun. We had a great time when we were in New York filming the end of the second season.
CB: There’s been a lot of talk about a potential storyline with Kitty (Becca Tobin), who’s been dubbed “The New Quinn.” What can you tell us about their relationship?
DA: It’s funny because we’re pretty much the same age in real life, but Becca is so sweet. Kitty completely looks up to Quinn. She has pictures of me in her locker and things like that. It’s the passing of the torch. She really looked up to Quinn in high school, and so when Quinn comes back, she gives Kitty a pep talk. I definitely had quite a few girls who I looked up to in high school, and I would have loved if they came back and offered me advice. Who wouldn’t?
CB: A lot of fans and critics seem to agree that this season has recaptured some of the magic from Season 1. Do you agree?
DA: For sure! It was really cool to meet everyone in the new cast. They’re all so wonderful and so eager to be on set. There’s definitely a renewed excitement this season, and we’re all noticing it. They brought a fresh air to the show. The possibilities with this cast are endless. It’s been really great.
CB: You recently wrapped Malavita with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pheiffer. What was that experience like?
DA: I’m so incredibly lucky to work with such amazing people. Getting to work with the likes of Robert De Niro and [director] Luc Besson was a dream. I’ve been a fan of Luc’s work for a very long time.
It’s a very dark comedy and an action movie rolled into one. Robert plays my dad and Michelle plays my mom, and Tommy Lee Jones plays the FBI agent that’s keeping our family in the Witness Protection Program. And then there’s John D’Leo, who plays my cutie little brother. We basically wind up in Normandy, and you see us try to assimilate into this very French town, and we just fail epically. It’s a funny twist of events.
CB: Now, your BFF Taylor Swift gave you a shout out in the liner notes of Red. That’s pretty cool, right?
DA: I’m so proud of her! Her album is doing so well, and she’s worked so hard on it, so I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s really doing great, and that album is amazing.
CB: So is “22″ your favorite song on the album?
DA: I don’t really know what my favorite song is yet. I’ve been listening to the whole thing in its entirety, and there’s not one song that I skip over. So I guess I love all of the songs.