“Glee” star Kevin McHale talks about the show’s heady success
BY GREG HERNANDEZ
During awards season a year ago, “Glee” co-star Matt McHale was driving around LA in a beat-up old Acura that he describes as “falling apart” and he remembers watching the Golden Globe Awards at home in his apartment.
“I haven’t missed the [Globes] for as long as I can remember,’ said the actor. “I was a little kid who would make my parents be quiet so I could watch the Golden Globes. … I never thought I’d be there a year later.”
On Sunday, McHale, who plays paraplegic high school student Artie Abrams on the show, was on the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with fellow “Glee” cast members basking in the show’s Globe win for outstanding television comedy. “Glee” had already won the People’s Choice Award a few weeks earlier and on Saturday, competes for the Screen Actors Guild award for best television comedy ensemble.
“It [is] a bit surreal,” he said of the award recognition. “It’s incredible. We’re new, we’re only 13 episodes in and this is all happening.”
Those first 13 episodes of the Fox series were enough to create a phenomenon that includes best-selling CDs and an early renewal for a second season. But first there is the current season to complete which will have some pretty heavy-hitting guest stars including Olivia Newton-John and very likely Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Lopez. The cast returned to work just two weeks ago to begin filming the final nine episodes of the season which begin airing in early April.
“It’s nice to be able to go back to work and know people are excited to see the episodes we’re working on,” said McHale.
That was not the case while they filmed the first 13 last year.
“It could have been the most expensive home videos ever if it didn’t work out,” he said. “So it was a real risk but I think that it shows how Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennen – those geniuses – know that they’re doing.”
Since the first batch of shows were completed in the summer, what was the cast doing during their nearly six-month hiatus?
“We did a lot of promotion, non-stop,” McHale said. “We did a tour of the U.S., went to Australia then we came back and did another tour with the soundtrack. It wasn’t really a break.”
Now, the cast is fully back into production mode getting the next set of highly-anticipated episodes in the can.
“It’s long days, 16-hour days, but I wouldn’t change it,” McHale said. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”