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Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) The one project I am working on is pretty consuming and that is the show "Glee," on Fox. I'm also doing a music side project that is called Jericho and it is sort of rock, jazz and pop. I just put out a record with it called Smoke Signals not too long ago.
Q) Please tell us the premise for the show "Glee" and about your character Puck.
A) "Glee" is from the same person that created the show "Nip/Tuck," who is Ryan Murphy. So, it starts with this sharp whit that is kind of balanced out by a sweet story about a high school Spanish teacher who takes over the Glee Club. In it's heyday, it won many competitions and now it is kind of a joke. So, he wants to bring it back to its heyday. I play a guy named Noah Puckerman, who also goes by "Puck." He is the school jock/football player/bully. He'll become a little more than two-dimensional as the season goes on.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the show?
A) First of all, anything Ryan Murphy is a part of is a good idea to be a part of. He's got just such a clear vision. So, I knew the project was going to be great. I liked the fact it combined music, as well. It was an opportunity for me to showcase some of that part of my life. Plus, the writing is dope! It's great writing and good music.
Q) What have you found challenging about your role?
A) It would be making the character more than two-dimensional so he can be likeable at the same time. He has to be a jerk and be likeable at the same time. I had to make him likeable so I had to find the balance between arrogance and cocky and sensible and likeable.
Q) How did you prepare for the role?
A) They did want me to get in shape for a particular scene, as opposed to me getting in character mentally before we shot. I had to get in character physically. For the pilot, I knew the character was a football player so I wanted to bulk up and gain as much weight as possible. So, I put on about twenty pounds. For one scene, they wanted me to be toned so I lost about thirty pounds. It was kind of an extreme experience.
Q) What was it like "returning" to high school for you?
A) It was a trip! It almost feels like high school all over again. It was funny! I'm getting to relive my high school experience, which most people don't get to do. The show is also very non-high school. It is at a high school and it is a high school Glee Club, but the storylines are ones adults are going to relate to as much if not more than teens. While it is a high school set show, the feel of it is not always so high school.
Q) Was there instant cast chemistry when everyone started working together or did it take some time to develop?
A) We all knew it was a good group right away, but personally I am bonding with people still and more and more. I think that's good. I love everybody on the show and I'm not just saying that. They've grown on me over time, like any group of people will. We've gotten more and more close as the months go on. Hopefully, they feel that way and it is a lot of fun. It's a good group. I'm very lucky to be a part of this group of talented Broadway singers and hardworking actors. Everyone in the cast has a real interesting story of how they got there.
Q) What was your most memorable moment from filming "Glee?"
A) I can think of two moments. One moment would be shooting a scene with Kristen Chenowith where she is singing. I was sitting right in front of her and she was just belting it out. She can let loose like no other! She's singing a song and it was pretty much directly to me. I was sitting right in front of her and she was singing it to the group of people I was in. It was one of those moments where I thought, "Wow! How did I end up here?" She is so beautiful and talented.
Q) Why do you think people will want to tune in to see the show?
A) There has never been anything like this before. There has never been a modern day musical show with adult humor and inventive writing like this. There have been shows that feature music every now and then, but never like this.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you?
A) They can go to http://www.therealjericho.com, which is my music website for this last record I did.