Here, the 26-year old Arizona native talks about her favourite TV shows, stressful workflow and her early days frustration in the Glee cast.
What are you watching on TV?
Sometimes I’ll watch New Girl. Like if we hangout after work, like sometimes we’ll watch New Girl or Modern Family. Like, Chord [Overstreet] and all them always watch those shows, and so sometimes when we’re done with work we’ll go watch it, or my boyfriend watches New Girl and Big Bang Theory. So I’ll only watch it, like, if I’m around people.
What did you think about Brittany and Santana’s split? It’s kind of big in the lesbian community.
I’m not associated with any social media, so I don’t really know much about how people feel about it. My mom does my fan mail, and I never really hear anything about it.
I think people are just happy and positive about San and Brittany, because it’s just kind of perfect. I think that’s why.
Do you think there’s any hope for Brittany and Santana reconciling at some point?
They’re friends, but they won’t back together.
When you started on the show you were a minor character, and now you’ve become one of the main anchors….
It’s definitely a different feeling. Like, it’s so much weirder being so much busier. I never understood how stressed everybody was all the time, because I kind of just had to sit around most of the time.
It’s a lot more stressful than I thought it was, and it actually is more enjoyable watching it now because I know how much work is put into, like, everything you do.
So now when I watch it, I literally enjoy the shit out of the show, because I’m just like, ‘This is awesome. It’s so much work.’
It’s really fun to get to be able to put a lot more work out there and enjoy yourself doing it, instead of waiting around and waiting around for your time. So that’s really cool.
Was it more frustrating in the early days?
Yeah, it’s pretty frustrating, but you’re just kind of chilling and waiting and you don’t know, but it came. So that’s the best part. When it finally came, you’re like, ‘Oh, cool. Wow, this is really hard.’
What’s the hardest part of the show for you, the lines or the singing and the dancing? And when you say it’s stressful, what does that mean?
It’s like keeping your real life and being comfortable with yourself because you’re here for so long. We’re here five days a week and we have to do musical numbers for half of a day and you don’t get to get out of that, like you’re stuck in that world, and then you have to go on and do a scene with dialogue, like that’s really hard.
That’s insane. Doing a musical number and having to give all your energy, and you’re enjoying it, we’re all having fun, but then going to have a scene and do dialogue and talk for six hours and do a two and a half page scene is like…the last thing you want to do is talk to somebody. You just want to shut up and you want to go home and eat food and do nothing. So that’s what’s hard.
This is almost like two shows in one, right?
The music is hard enough and could be a show of its own…
Yeah, that’s the craziest part, for sure.
How smart do you have to be to play so dumb?
I think it’s easy. I think it’s just simple, especially, like, a lot of the directors are really good at just picking out what things mean, what the sincerity of it. So it helps when they’re like, ‘This is like that. This is as simple as like…when you’re saying these words it’s the feeling of this. It’s a real emotion. You just have to portray it as it’s real.’
The hardest thing is to make it as simple as possible…
Yeah, just make it as sincere as you can.
And to do it deadpan?
Yeah. Sometimes it’s hard because if we’re here for so long and I’m excited and I want to do different things, and they’re like, ‘No, you just have to say it. You just have to let it out.’ I just have to be sincere and sometimes it’s hard.
What was one of the hardest lines to get out, wanting to give something more emotion and they didn’t want that?
Oh, I don’t know.
You can’t think of anything?
Uh huh. There are just days when I just want to do something different because I’m just bored and wanting to do some random things, and they’re like, ‘No. You just have to be straight faced and you’ve just got to get it out,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay.’