It’s always great to bump into Ross Mathews, the funny TV personality who made a name for himself as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Well, Ross is an intern no more as he is billed as Ross Mathews when he appears on Leno and when he makes his frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately on E!
Ross and I first gabbed around three years ago when he took a stand against the Koo Koo Roo chain because they had removed his favorite squash side dish from their menu. He not only got it restored, but it was then named Ross’s Squash.
Here is our recent conversation:
Greg: Do they still have the squash?
Ross Mathews: “There is still squash. I don’t get any money from it but it wasn’t about the money. It was about bringing the squash back to Koo Koo Roo. It should have been against the law to remove it and it’s one of the most prideful things in my life that I was able to start the campaign to successfully bring the squash back to Koo Koo Roo.”
Q. How are there enough hours in the day for you to do all the things that you do?
A. One thing that works is that I’m always just really happy and grateful. It is really hard to get a job in this town so I’m really happy. I get to do Chelsea Lately I get to do Leno.
Q. How is it to be back with Jay on late night? Is everything like it was before?
A. It feels good to still be on Jay nine years later. I’m creative consulting and sort of producing my segments now so my voice is stronger than ever. I got rid of the intern title which I embrace but you have to move on because I’m 30!
Q. How did you and Chelsea hook up? You have such great chemistry.
A. Chelsea and I met years ago before she got her show when we were both, you know, struggling. Trying, trying, trying. And then I hitched myself to the right train or something because she just took off like I always knew she would. She’s so talented and she’s so funny but what people don’t know about her is that she’s so loyal and family oriented and she has treated me like a family member.
Q. How’s your love life?
A. Incredible. I am absolutely fantastically in love and in a wonderful relationship [with Salvador Camarena] that is so normal and boring it makes my heart sing. We have two dogs and a little house. It’s been two years and we’re going to do the whole [wedding] thing.”
Q. How did you meet?
A. I was on a date with somebody else [laughs] and he walked out and it was like somebody put a highlighter on him. I was like, ‘Oh, there he is.’ And so I excused myself from my date.”
Logo Television’s reality show, The A List, debuts next week and has been compared to Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.
The difference is that all the main “characters” on the show are gay men!
One of those men is model Austin Armacost whose biggest claim to fame so far is that he once dated designer Marc Jacobs.
He talked to Socialite Life about the new show and here is an excerpt from that interview:
SL: Are you looking forward to the premiere? Austin: Yes, very much so! You know, a lot of people have misconceptions that aren’t in the business and don’t realize that we actually see (the episode) the same time it’s released on national television. So, I’m a bit anxious, but I know we made a really good TV show so I’m excited for it to get started and for the season to kick off.
SL: As a model, I know you’re no stranger to having a camera in your face, but what was it like for you to have a camera crew following your every move for the show? Austin: You’re always aware that they are there, but once…I mean, they couldn’t have put together a better group of six guys – at the same time we’re so cohesive but yet going against the grain with one another. I mean, everything you see is real – nothing’s set up, the emotions are real. You’ll see the whole gamut – we laugh together, we cry together, we fight – it’s a whole range of emotions. The first couple of minutes we sit down to shoot a scene, you’re aware of it, but after you get into it…we’re all friends – kind of at this point – and once you get into a normal conversation, and you’re so involved in the conversation that the cameras kind of fade away. Now, the first five, six, seven days we were shooting, I was so on edge, I was sweating like a whore in church because I thought “Oh, what if I say something wrong? What if I do this and it’s embarrassing?” But the crew was fantastic, from the producers to the assistant producers to the sound girls and camera guys – it was so comfortable. And everybody was on their game. We knew we were out to make a television show – and we did it – and it ran so smoothly. I’ve never worked in this aspect of television – I’ve done some commercials in the past – but never a reality-type setting, so I have no basis for comparison. But I think they did a fantastic job from start to finish. It ran so smoothly, there were very few hiccups I think the fact that we had a great crew and a great cast. It was very natural, everything was real and, yeah, after first few seconds the cameras just fade away and you’re having a cocktail with your buddies, talking about whatever we’re talking about.
No big drum roll, just a casual peck on the lips between Cameron and Mitchell towards the end of last night’s sweet episode of ABC’s Modern Family.
This show is so good and they handled the controversy over Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) not kissing in public beautifully and, at times, hysterically. My favorite moment came when Cam tries to kiss Mitchell at a family gathering and ends up tumbling off of the sofa and knocking over a bowl of chips.
I’ve been reading various blogs and there has been all kinds of comments like “That’s it?” Well, it’s good enough for me. We didn’t need tongue action or anything and I trust the show to continue to handle the gay characters as well as they handle all of their characters.
Anderson Cooper, already one of the hardest-working guys in television, just got busier.
The host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and part-time 60 Minutes correspondent has signed a deal to host a syndicated daytime TV talk show in the fall of 2011.
He will remain as host of his CNN show.
Warner Bros. domestic television distribution and Telepictures Productions announced the deal Thursday, and said the daytime show would cover social issues, pop culture, and human interest stories.
Cooper, 43, will also conduct undercover investigations using hidden cameras, and hold town hall meetings on topics like race, infidelity and Internet predators, Warner Bros. and Telepictures said.
Anderson said in a statement: “The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way.”
With Oprah Winfrey leaving her daytime show after this year, there is going to be a big grab for her audience. Anderson is mainly a hard news man in CNN but anyone who has seen him co-host Live with Regis and Kelly or the CNN New Year’s Eve show with Kathy Griffin knows how appealing his lighter side can be.
Of course it will also be interesting to see how open he will be about his personal life now that Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres have been openly gay on daytime (Rosie on The View) and openly gay Nate Berkus has joined the field with Sara Gilbert set to debut as part of The Talk next month.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is always being bombarded with questions about what is happening next on Glee. The Emmy winner has become expert at letting us know just enough to keep us interested but not too much so that it spoils things.
There’s a lot of curiosity over the gay character of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and who his boyfriend is going to be this season. It was first thought that it would be the new football player played by Chord Overstreet but then word came this week that Darren Criss had joined the cast as a gay student.
“It’s definitely not Chord,” Ryan says of Kurt’s love interest. “It’s not Chord. And the new character [Darren Criss] is certainly an option. I’m not sure how soon I want to [reveal] that information because it’s such a big storyline of the year—I want there to be some surprises. But Darren has a major, major arc. He sort of becomes Kurt’s mentor and then maybe love—he had to leave his own school because of bullying and goes to an all-boys academy and finds acceptance because that school has a no-bullying, zero-tolerance policy. So Kurt really admires him and respects him. He plays someone who’s one year older than Chris’ character, so he’s the old pro.”
When Jesse Metcalf appeared before journalists during the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour in August, he was all business as he chatted up the new NBC action series Chase on which he has a role.
The show follows a U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension team based out of Houston.
He described his character of Luke Watson this way: “To get out of the shadow of his overbearing father, he decides to join the [police] academy to prove himself to his father and also to find himself. He’s intelligent, he’s very driven, he’s very capable and very logical. He learns from all his US Marshall teammates.”
The actor seemed a world away from the guy who made tabloid headlines for his partying which included a well-publicized fistfight and also falling more then 30 feet to the ground during a party in Monaco after he had hosted the World Music Awards.
The 31-year-old actor, who gained prime-time fame as the sexy gardener John on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, had spent five years on the daytime soap Passions in the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald.
He played played a wealthy and insincere teenage playboy in his feature film debut John Tucker Must Die and most recently starred with Michael Douglas and Amber Tamblyn in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
Enjoyed the heck out of last night’s Glee episode. It was really fun and genius the way the Britney Spears numbers were weaved in as the kids were at the dentist’s office.
Britney herself popped up in a few cameos. It also marked the debut of the delicious John Stamos whose dentist character did go on and on about how good looking Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is. What a charismatic flirt!
Also loved how Sue Sylvester made fun of Will’s many vests.
Anyway, the episode averaged a whopping 13.2 million viewers last night and posted its best-ever rating among adults 18-49. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is the first time in 17 years that the highest-rated entertainment program of premiere week actually grew in week two among adults 18-49 and total viewers (since the Fall of 1993 with Seinfeld).
FREE AT LAST! For two seasons, Brad Goreski has been the bow-tie clad assistant to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project.
But no more. Brad tells PEOPLE that the two have gone their separate ways: “I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know. But there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.”
Says Zoe: “We couldn’t stop hugging and we couldn’t stop crying. He did this with such class and elegance. And I get it. I just told him, ‘I’m here for you always. … “We have a relationship that’s not normal. I jump into bed with him and wake him up and we have these pow wows and he’s like, ‘Wow, I haven’t brushed my teeth,’” Zoe says. “I don’t want to hire somebody for the purpose of the show, we just got lucky. No one’s ever going to be Brad to me.”
Goreski is counting on that. “I hope she’ll continue to teach me more and more,” he says. And while the dynamic duo’s frenzied pace has been constant fodder for Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, filling Goreski’s designer shoes will be no easy feat. For more of Zoe and Goreski’s exclusive interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Oct. 1.
I met Brad at the GLAAD Media Awards last spring right around the time he was creating a bit of a buzz in for some photos of him looking sexy in jeans and just suspenders shot by photographer Terry Richardson.
I wondered if it was easier now to be an out gay man in LA, where he lives, than at any other time previously.
“We all have to realize what’s been down before us, all of the walls that have been broken down by the previous generation,” he said thoughtfully. “I have an amazing family too that never made it an issue that I was gay or played with Barbies. I’m very, very lucky. I think with each generation, the communities get more integrated, the LGBT community and the straight community. I think that’s really powerful.”
I’m looking forward to covering the red carpet for this event on Friday night!
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National will join with entertainment industry leaders on Friday night to honor and celebrate the work of Ryan Murphy and Lisa Cholodenko, the writer/director of the recent indie hit The Kids Are All Right.
Ryan recently won his first Emmy for directing the pilot episode of Glee.
The evening will be emceed by Modern Family’s Mitchell and Cam! Well, make that Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. It will also feature appearances by fellow Glee Emmy winner Jane Lynch, staunch straight ally Pauley Perrette of NCIS, Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and a live performance from Grammy-winning musical artist Nelly Furtado.
PFLAG is the nationwide, non-profit support group for parents and friends of gay men and lesbians.
This network continues to lead the way among the broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS,. Fox and The CW) as far as LGBT visibility with gay and lesbian characters.
Scotty and Kevin (and uncle Saul) remain in the mix on Brothers & Sisters, ditto Cameron and Mitchell on Modern Family and Callie and Arizona are downright steamy on Grey’s Anatomy.
That’s why ABC fared best among the networks in the the 15th annual “Where We Are On TV” study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ABC continues to lead the other broadcast networks in LGBT representation, with 11 LGBT characters out of 152 total series regular characters (7.2%), the highest number and percentage of LGBT characters of any network for the 2010-2011 season.
The GLAAD report is a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2010-2011 television season. After more than doubling last year, the overall number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks continues a steady rise, though broadcast networks still report no transgender or black LGBT characters.
The report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9 percent of scripted series regulars in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.1 percent in 2007, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 3 percent in 2009. The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable networks has rebounded after a two year decline, from 40 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 25 in 2009, to 35 in the upcoming season.
From research and information provided by the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW — GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” study reviewed 84 scripted television programs scheduled to air this upcoming season, and counted a total of 587 series regular characters, 23 of which are LGBT.
Among the other network findings:
** FOX, which in 2007 featured zero series regular LGBT characters at the launch of the season, now offers five LGBT series regulars out of 100 (5%).
** The CW continues to improve with three LGBT series regular characters out of 67 (4.5%).
** NBC becomes the only network that saw a decline from last year. The network will feature three series regular LGBT characters (2.1%) out of a total of 143.
** CBS remains in last place. Out of 125 series regular characters, only one will be LGBT (0.8%), but the network will include several LGBT recurring characters.
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says in a statement: “The increase in lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting. The recent critical and commercial success of shows like Modern Family and Glee clearly indicate that mainstream audiences embrace gay characters and want to see well-crafted stories about our lives.”
This year also marks the very first time GLAAD has included people with disabilities (PWD) in its overall study of diversity on the broadcast networks. A total of six series regular characters will be PWD, making them just 1% of all series regular characters. This research was conducted in conjunction with the Tri-Union I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People With Disabilities) campaign of Actors’ Equity Association, AFTRA and SAG (IAMPWD.org).
Of the 23 announced LGBT regular characters in the 2010-2011 primetime broadcast season, six are people of color (26%), and two will be people with disabilities (8.6%). Not one LGBT character announced for the new broadcast season will be black or transgender. For complete analysis of diversity on the broadcast networks, see: http://www.glaad.org/publications/tvreport10/diversity.
“Unfortunately, while the number of characters is increasing, many members of our community still do not see stories reflecting their lives,” Barrios said. “It is troubling that the broadcast networks will not feature even one black LGBT character or one transgender character in the upcoming primetime lineup. Because what people see in the media has a huge impact on how they understand others and perceive themselves, the media has a responsibility to tell stories that include the diversity of our community.”
This research serves as a benchmark for GLAAD’s advocacy efforts which call for fair, accurate and diverse LGBT representations across media platforms. The storylines and characters in the “Where We Are On TV” report will later be reviewed for GLAAD’s Network Responsibility Index (NRI), released after May 2011 sweeps, which grades networks on overall LGBT impressions.
He then added more seriously: “I think we really need to be grateful that there are these great characters on TV right now and try and stop nit-picking. There’s a storyline in the works about my PDA, we have it coming. We hope to be on the air for seven years we need storylines, we gotta store some of this stuff up. Maybe it didn’t come early enough for some people but I do want people to trust us. But I’m also thrilled that the fans were adamant enough to create a Facebook page, so many people joined it. That just goes to show what our fan base is like and I don’t want them to feel bad for doing that and I’m honored that they did.”
If you watch NBC’s Chuck, then you are already familiar with the handsome guy who plays Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the show.
He’s 35-year-old actor Ryan McPartlin who I first became aware of when he played Fran Drescher’s young lover on her sitcom Living With Fran.
Ryan was a big man on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a linebacker on the football team and earned a degree in speech communications. He spent six months in Australia and New Zealand before heading to LA to pursue an acting career.
He spent years as a Abercrombie and Fitch model then spent three years playing Hank Bennett on the daytime soap Passions.
Ryan has been married to actress Danielle Kirlin since 2002 (they have two sons) but he’s appreciative of his huge gay fan base. He says in the current issue of Metrosource NY: “I’ve always had a good gay fan base from Passions, the soap opera. Then I was in Living with Fran with Fran Drescher who had a great fan base. Plus I took my shirt off in every show; so that didn’t hurt either.”
Clementine Ford, the beautiful out actress and daughter of Cybil Shepherd, will be written out of The Young and the Restless in early November, according to Soap Opera Digest.
Her character of Mackenzie Browning had been involved with JT played by Thad Luckinbill (pictured below) who is also leaving the show Nov. 5.
Clementine, who acted with her mother on Showtime’s The L Word, joined the show in March 2009. She told The Advocate shortly after being cast: “I am a lucky bitch! It’s so nerve-wracking. It’s like I felt on The L Word when I went into that core group who has been together forever. I was surprised because you hear horror stories about going in, and the intimidation of the group. I thought, “Well, this will never happen again,” and then I get this job. I am nervous, but my friend, Y&R’ s Greg Rikaart (Kevin), told me wonderful things about everyone on the show. And sure enough, everybody is great.”
With As the World Turns now history, I think we all need a soapy gay storyline to get ourselves involved in and 90210 has come to the rescue. Teddy (Trevor Donovan) wakes up, hungover, and an empty bottle of champagne is next to the bed with a sweet love note from Ian.
Teddy takes in the scene and promptly throws up.
Now, I’m just going to believe it was the booze that caused him to upchuck and not the sleeping with another guy part. Even when I was a closet case teenager and felt really guilty about hooking up with a dude, I never, ever threw up!
Anyway, here are the Teddy scenes from last night’s episode on The CW. We see Ian (Kyle Riabko) at the end of them all happy as can be and even as Teddy threatens him, he touches his arm and says: “Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone we hooked up.”
It’s such a tragedy every time a gay kid commits suicide because of taunting and bullying. Asher Brown, just 13, shot himself to death last Thursday after being relentlessly bullied at his Houston-area school. [Source: Towleroad]
I don’t know if Asher was gay – he was also taunted over his fashion sense and religion – but it’s a sad reminder of how fragile kids can be – and how cruel others can be.
That’s why it is so important to have an organization like The Trevor Project for teens to call for support. It’s a a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
MTV’s The Real World alum Scott Herman (pictured, left) has made the following Public Service Announcement talking all about The Trevor Project. Please share it with anyone you think could use it. And thank you Scott.
It’s so great to have new episodes of Glee airing again. Tonight, the second episode of the second season, has already been one of the most buzzed about: the Britney Spears episode!
MTV News offers up this preview: It appears Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) hit up their local dentist, played by John Stamos, to get their hands on some anesthesia. From there, the girls go on a trippy ride through Brit’s catalog, with some appearances by the pop princess herself. Show creator Ryan Murphy has called the episode “hallucinogenic.”
The cast will be doing six of Britney’s biggest hits all while resurrecting her most iconic costumes, including the Oops, I Did It Again red-leather bodysuit; the bejeweled (and nearly naked) Toxic look; the I’m a Slave 4 U green bikini, complete with snake; Madonna and Brit’s Me Against the Music menswear-inspired suits; the (Baby) One More Time schoolgirl uniform; and, finally, a stirring rendition of Stronger.
Glee airs tonight on Fox at 8 p.m.!
DANCING HER HEART OUT: I felt for Margaret Cho last night on Dancing With the Stars. She gave it her all and the judges still gave her a hard time with scores of 6-6-6.
I thought she was wonderful.
Margaret and her partner, Louis van Amstel, danced a jive very well. But the judges, who clearly have their favorites, felt her kicks needed to be more accentuated, her shoulders back, and her facial expression not so intense.
“That’s just my FACE!” Margaret explained to them.
I love seeing Margaret’s pre-dance interviews. She said that after the judges were so hard on her last week, “People would not look at me, because I had like this weird, ‘loser energy.’ Like, after they would talk to me, they would use hand sanitizer. It was like they were trying to get the loser off…. It’s actually amazing to discover, you know, this whole thing — that I’m actually a dancer.”
Margaret fared better than poor Michael Bolton who actually was pretty bad. He got a total of 12 points to Margaret’s 18.
Bristol Palin has enchanted the judges. I think her face is a blank and having her mother, Sarah Palin, in the audience did nothing to enhance my enjoyment levels.
Florence Henderson is more than holding her own. Love her! Jennifer Grey has been sensational, Rick Fox is sexy, and I love the can-do spirit of The Situation even if the judges seem to be out to get him.
NEW ALBUM: This is very welcome news: the great star Betty Buckley is releasing a new album, Bootleg-Board Mixes from the Road, on Oct. 16, Broadway World reports.
I don’t have a song list yet but no doubt this will be a gem as is everything she does.
A Tony winner for Cats, Betty received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie.
I’ll admit, Brad Womack was one of the dreamiest contestants ever on ABC’s The Bachelor.
But he was also one of the most flabbergasting! Back in 2007, he narrowed things down to two women: DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft and picked neither!
Didn’t someone tell him that none of these couples stay together anyway? Why couldn’t he just pick one of them, get down on bended knee and propose then about six months later, issue a joint press release saying they had gone their separate ways?
That’s the way it’s done Brad!
The truth is, Brad did something brave and honest and exposed how ridiculous this show is. (I watch it for the eye candy when I do tune in and prefer when it’s The Bachelorette because there is lots more guy candy).
After creepy fame whore Jake Pavelka’s “relationship” with Vienna Girardi imploded over the summer, the franchise seemed to be back on solid footing and maybe regained some credibility with Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky who selected Roberto Martinez and really seems to love him and vice-versa.
Time will tell.
Producers no doubt wanted the appealing Chris Lambton, runner-up to Roberto on The Bachelorette, but the 33-year-old landscaper from Cape Cod has had enough of the limelight for now and declined.
So Wolmack is their next choice? I just don’t get it.
“We really like Brad,” Bachelor host Chris Harrison said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “As much as the audience was angry with him, we’ve stayed in touch with him.”
So are you a fan of The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green? It’s 10-episode second season does not begin airing until April but those wonderful boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge will be back before then for a holiday special in December, it’s just been announced.
These are the gay city boys bought an estate and farm in upstate New York and gave us a funny and irreverent peek into their world as a fish-out-of-water couple reviving the farm in order to create a new organic lifestyle brand, ‘Beekman 1802’.
The holiday special will offer clips from season one, some unaired scenes, some bloopers and a sneak peak at season two. It will partly be programmed by the fans, who’ll be urged to suggest their favorite segments via Facebook, Twitter and other avenues.
The special will all hosted by Kilmer- Purcell, Ridge and their more experienced agricultural comrade, “Farmer John” Hall.
“It’s intended to be a tribute and a grateful big kiss for our fans,” president and general manager Laura Michalchyshyn said. “It has surpassed all our expectations and become our No. 1 original series.”
In February and March, season one episodes will re-air with pop-up messages and other enhancements, Michalchyshyn said.
Here are some scenes from The Fabulous Beekman Boys:
The episode seems to begin like so many others with the theme music etc. We see Sophia plop onto the sofa with a big bag of pop corn and flip on the VCR: She’s decided to watch a porno.
Dorothy is aghast and tries to turn it off. As she fumbles with the remote, Blanche and Rose walk in and have all kinds of commentary. It reminds Rose of the rabbits back at the farm while Blanche points and says: “I did that once!”
Dorothy is finally able to shut it off but Sophia wonders why the fuss: “I’m 81, what are you worried about? You think I’m going to find someone down at the [seniors] center to do that with?”
STRIKING THE RIGHT CHORD: Well, he may or may not be Kurt Hummel’s new boyfriend on Glee.
But what we do know about the new character of Sam Evans is that he can play football (he’s replaced Finn as quarterback!) and he can sing (Finn spied on him belting out a rock tune in the shower).
We also know that he’s played by a talented and very cute young actor named Chord Overstreet who made his debut on the show in last week’s premiere.
And, of course, we know that Chord/Sam has big, pouty lips, something that was written into his first scenes when Puck (Mark Salling) rather tactlessly asked: “Dude, your mouth is huge. How many tennis balls can you fit in there?”
“I laughed when I read that in the script,” Overstreet tells Zap2it. “I mean, I always got compliments or comments on my lips because I do have big lips. They definitely write about the actors’ actual features, which I think is funny. It’s something everybody’s thinking and when you actually hear it on the show, it’s like ‘I can’t believe they said that.’”
The actor hails from Nashville, Tenn., and his unusual name is no accident, setting him on a musical path in life.
“My real name is Chord Overstreet,” he confirmed to Zap2It. “I actually got my name because my dad is in the music business as a songwriter. I was the third one in my family born, and there are three notes in a chord, so that’s how they came up with my name.”
Of acting on Glee he says: “It’s great working with all the cast. I really think Jane Lynch is hilarious, she’s got the best timing, she’s one of the people I was really looking forward to working with, but I was also looking forward to working with [producer/writers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan] — those guys. Each episode we get is funnier than the next. It’s all jokes and shenanigans.”