The Glee cast is made up of mostly newcomers to television, but both Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) and Lea Michele (New Directions diva Rachel Berry) have Broadway backgrounds. In fact, Matthew says Lea has plenty in common with her Broadway-bound alter ego. "She's a very strong woman and she knows exactly what she wants," he says.
"I've been performing since I was 8 years old on Broadway, and I was very much like Rachel when I was younger, so I kind of draw upon that," Lea says. "But I think she's amazing. If I can say I'm like Rachel, you know, she knows who she is and she's proud of that, and I think it's amazing. I'm so honored to play a character like her."
Matthew says it's hard to pinpoint one reason Glee has become such a big hit. "If you asked any one of us, I think we'd have a different answer, and I think that's what makes the show work so well—it works on so many different levels," he says.
With only half a season under their belt, the Glee cast has already won a best TV comedy musical Golden Globe and SAG award for best ensemble cast. Dianna Agron, who plays mean-girl-turned-pregnant-outcast Quinn Fabray says attending the Golden Globes was a dream. "The room is full of people that you admired your whole life and, you know, Julia Roberts came up to the table...and I thought just us girls were going to go quiet, but the boys went quiet too," she says. "She talked to us! And Tom Hanks and all these wonderful people were saying they watch the show with their families, and it was outstanding but astonishing at the same time."
Onscreen, the chemistry between the cast is palpable, and Amber Riley says it's the same way when the cameras are off. "We do love each other," she says. In his Golden Globe acceptance speech, Glee executive producer and co-creator (and former real-life glee-clubber) Ryan Murphy said the award was for anybody who ever got a wedgie in high school, a statement that resonated with fans across the country."
In this exclusive interview on Oprah Winfrey Show the cast of Glee says what makes the show work and more. Stay tuned to Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday December 26th at 8.00 pm on BIG CBS LOVE.