January 23, 2017

‘Glee’s’ Ushkowitz on Tina’s stutter

HollywoodNews.com: The “Glee” member Tina Cohen-Chang was originally written to have a fake stutter.

In interview with Digital Spy, the actress who plays Tina, Jenna Ushkowitz, explains:

I did not know [the stutter wasn’t real] until I read the script. Which was interesting, because I always went into it thinking it was real.”

“When it was faked I was actually kind of relieved, because I was like, ‘Now I can have more than one line at a time’. I kind of liked it – it gave her another edge or another layer.

At a certain point in the show, Tina reveals to Artie (Kevin McHale) that she faked her stutter. The “Glee” Wiki explains:

“Tina initially faked a stutter to get out of presenting a speech about the Missouri Compromise and continued to fake it when she realized it made people leave her alone. Realizing what she was missing out on through Glee, she doesn’t want to push people away anymore. She is awkward and needs to suppress her stutter before she can take center stage.”

Ushkowitz went all out method in adapting a stutter pattern of speech, to the point where it was effecting her off set:

“After a while I started to stutter in real life. And then during the scenes after the reveal, I would stutter and Kevin would be like, ‘Jenna, you’re not stuttering anymore’. I had to bring myself back because I realized it wasn’t real.”

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