Romy Rosemont discusses 'Glee' and working with Cory Monteith
RR: No, I auditioned for Jane Lynch’s part, but I was reading it and I knew it wasn’t right for me. I thought, it’s got to be someone like Jane Lynch, or someone who looks like they used to be a cheerleader. And then I got a call saying would you consider coming in for the role of Finn’s mom, but it doesn’t have any lines in the pilot… and I was like ‘um, okay, that’s weird…but okay.’ And the casting director said Ryan promises she’ll recur, and that’s all I needed to hear. I’m just thankful though that I got it, and I have been able to meet all of these people and to have been able to go on this journey with them. It’s been great.
TCC: How much of your own personality do you inject into the character of Carole?
RR: I think they’re very complimentary to one another. I think that the situations we find each other in, are very different from the situations in my life, but I definitely wanted to make Carole someone who…you saw the struggles that she had been through, and that she loved her son, and that there was just the two of them.
And then they created all of these different situations, like Burt came, and so on and so forth, so I just really tried to make her the everyday woman that adult women watching the show could relate to. One of the episodes I actually got the most response to, and it was a short scene, was the one where Finn thinks he’s gotten Quinn pregnant, and I walk in and he’s singing to the sonogram that’s on his computer, and he tells me, and I hug him. They got a close-up, and all that was going through my head was the thought of ‘What a mother would feel if her 16-year-old son got a girl pregnant, as she’s sitting there with him, being a single mother, knowing how difficult it is and all of that.’ I got people who said that was such a beautiful scene, and they completely understood, because they knew what I was feeling…and when you get that response you know you’re doing your job well.
I wasn’t going after that, and that’s what was so glorious about working with Cory Monteith, is that I definitely felt maternal towards him, and felt a connection in that way.
TCC: The biggest news to rock the worlds of all of the people who work on the show, and of course the fans, was Cory Monteith’s recent death. Are there any favorite moments from the set you would want to share?
RR: You know what, every time, because I was just so long between scenes and being on set… I mean last year, I hadn’t seen him in over a year, because I didn’t work, and I only did one episode… but no matter what, anytime I saw him, whether I was walking to makeup or wherever, he always greeted me as ‘Hi, Mom.’ That was just always sweet and lovely, and it immediately made me feel that even if I had been gone and I hadn’t seen him in months, that we were right back to where we were, and that he felt the connection that I did, and he really was just…all the things you hear about him and how lovely he was, it’s the honest to goodness truth. He was just a really unique and special guy.
TCC: How much of an impact do you think Finn’s upcoming death in episode 5.3 is going to have on your character and her role on the show?
RR: You know, I really don’t know. I mean obviously I can’t speak for the episode, I mean I am going to be part of it, but I don’t…you never really know in what direction the writers are going to take this, they’re honoring the character in the most responsible way that they know how, and they’ve been very successful. And Finn was, he was so much the heart, or at least one of the beating hearts of Glee, so I think you’ll see that. But as far as how it will be for me in future episodes, I don’t know, I think that if I have future episodes this season, you know, it will always color Carole that she lost her son, because I don’t think any parent comes back from that completely.
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