May 23, 2017

Glee’s Jessalyn Gilsig on Terri Schuester

HollywoodNews.com: Jessalyn Gilsig plays Will’s estranged wife Terri on “Glee”, and she’s well aware that the former Mrs. Schuester isn’t the most popular character. “It’s been really varied actually, and it’s operated at two extremes,” Gilsig says of audience reactions to her character. “People have been very vocal about how much they don’t like her, I mean really vocal. And there have been people who have said, ‘I really get her and feel this empathy for her and I feel like she’s lost and I understand why she made the choices she did.’ I feel like the fans have been divided on those lines of those who feel like they have an understanding of how she operates out of fear, and those people who just can’t stand her.”

Gilsig is among Terri’s sympathizers, as she explains, “I made this decision early on-and the writers were very supportive-that she would be motivated by love. She’s not looking for power or money and she’s not malicious, she just doesn’t know how to express her fear and her fear of losing him. Some relationships operate by keeping their partner down so they can keep them around.”

But she doesn’t hesitate when asked which other character she’d love to play if not for Terri: “I think that Heather [Morris]’s character Brittany is a revelation. I have so much respect for her comic timing that she’s taken a part that just had a line here or there and she formed an iconic character in television. Anything that girl says is funny. I would love to go to the school of comedic acting of Heather.”

With “Glee” returning for a second season next week, Gilsig is open about what she feels is the appeal of the show. “It’s a comedy and it’s fun and it’s bright and the music is obviously really inspiring. But it’s also very human and honest about all of the doubts we have about ourselves, and the moments in life where you feel like you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing.”

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