Kevin: Late night on the Glee set, where we all lose our minds in the seventeenth hour. We do get a bit crazy, so it’s fun. Like, I get up and dance and you film a number for so many hours that everyone kind of learns it by the end of it. So when you see the girls cheering, little do you know that it’s not actually for the four of us, it’s for all the crew members that were dancing, so they could see it.
“Naya Rivera. Can I tell you something? I’m in love with her.”
“Oh, everybody is. She’s like the funniest person on the planet and she’s beautiful.”
“She’s funny too?”
“Oh my god, she’s the funniest person I’ve ever met.”
Kevin Mchale - at the Grammys
“Our friendship has been taken to the next level, it is DISGUSTING. On the weekends I see these people, I can’t get enough. Isn’t that gross?”
Her being shy is being so insecure about coming out of her box and just putting herself out there. When you’re performing, you’re at a vulnerable state. You’re giving yourself to hundreds of people. When I was in high school, and even after that, I definitely had that insecurity of, “Is my voice good enough? Am I right for this part?” I was definitely insecure. But, I don’t think my style is anything like Tina’s. I’m not gothic, and she wasn’t originally gothic in the beginning either. She was more of the arty nerd, but that quickly changed. My style is probably where we differ the most. And, I’m not as angry as her. - Jenna Ushkowitz
Yeah, it really was. The first rehearsal was way back in the pilot, with Chris [Colfer], Amber [Riley], Kevin [McHale] and me. We were doing these vocal warm-ups that you have to be very comfortable with yourself to do, and we just looked at each other and laughed. The chemistry that you see on screen is what we formed off screen, so that’s why it works so well. They’re just incredible. They’re so talented. We’re all so different, but we have somehow magically found a way to make it work.
- Jenna Ushkowitz.
“You guys! Our songs are ringtones!” Michele says, peering into her iPhone. She’s been looking online to see if she can download the cast’s version of “Empire State of Mind,” and she’s irked that it’s not available.
Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie, explains their frustration: The studio initially gives the actors only copies of the songs they record. “We have to trade. Like, I’ll tell Amber, ‘I’ll give you ‘Safety Dance’ for ‘The Boy is Mine.’”
“I blast the songs in my car,” McHale says.