Ina new interview for Vulture, Paris Barclay talked more about Lea’s role on ‘Sons of Anarchy':
What’s the story behind Lea Michele’s upcoming guest gig? Does this show give instant street cred to actors known for playing squeaky-clean teens?
Exactly! She’s been the most fun. Lea has never been on a show other than Glee. I’ve directed a lot of Glees, so I’ve known her for a while. She’s been very much identified with the character of Rachel, and when Kurt Sutter wrote this role, he said, “Do you think we could get Lea Michele to do it?” And I said, “Well, hell, let’s ask!” And we did and she read it and within 24 hours, she said, “Fantastic, I’m in.” She only had to work one day, but she had to do six scenes, and she was awesome. The crew loved her. We finished early. She’s so prepared, and it’s such a different character from Rachel. This is a down-home, earthy waitress in a small-town diner who bonds with Gemma. She didn’t get to sing. She’s not going to do a note at all.
So no musical episode?
Sadly, no. When she was there with Katey, I said, “Can’t you sing a little something?” But no, she wanted to stay in character, and I respect that. And she didn’t die, so I’d love to see her again.
Lea will only appear on the sixth episode of “Sons of Anarchy” but there’s already a sneak preview of her in the new promo of the show, check out below. Also, a new video where she talks about being on the show, click on ‘continue reading’ to watch it!
Here’s a video of Lea at the LA Premiere Screening of “Sons Of Anarchy” where she talks about how it was working on the show and a litlle bit about the new season of Glee and Katey Segal talking about Lea’s guest appearance on the show.
There was little trace of Rachel Berry when Lea Michele graced the Sons of Anarchy set last month to shoot a Season 7 guest appearance, and that was the whole point.
SOA creator Kurt Sutter tells TVLine that the Glee actress went au natural for her role as a “simple truck-stop waitress” who has a run-in with Katey Sagal’s Gemma.
“I’m just now doing post-[production] on that episode, and she’s great,” raves Sutter. “She completely went there. Not a stitch of makeup. She’s just a frumpy waitress. She really got it and embraced what the show was. I’m thrilled.”
SOA exec producer/director Paris Barclay — who has helmed some of Glee‘s biggest episodes — was instrumental in bringing Michele on board. “He’s really close to all those actors, and really helped them through their time of need,” explains Sutter. “And I knew she was a big fan of the show, and we had this role that opened up. It was sort of a one-off and I knew we’d be able to get her in and out in a day. And the timing worked for her. She was thrilled.”
Sons of Anarchy returns to FX on Sept. 9 at 10/9c with a super-sized hour-and-45-minute premiere. Michele’s episode is slated to air in October.
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This post contains spoilers of the new season of Glee, if you don’t want to know about it skip this.
Before it ends, Glee is going back to where it all began.
The Fox drama is set to wrap up its six-year run with a 13-episode final season, which will kick off at midseason, and will once again find Rachel (Lea Michele) as an underdog after failing to make it as an actress in New York. So long, Big Apple; hello, Lima!
Fox has just revealed some pretty major details about Glee’s swan song, including why Rachel is back in Ohio, who’s a series regular (and who’s not!) and who we might see return for one final goodbye.
Here’s everything you need to know about the final seasn of Glee:
Lea Michele’s one-time guest gig on the final season of Sons of Anarchy went so well, she may be back for more.
“We love her,” show director Paris Barclay told me exclusively this weekend at BAFTA’s annual pre-Emmys tea party at the SLS Hotel. “We’re trying to find a way to bring her back.”
Michele will be playing Gertie, a truck stop waitress and single mother who bonds with Gemma (Katey Segal).
Photos from the set showed Michele went through quite a make-under for the role.
“It was tough,” said Barclay, also a director on Glee. “It had to do with makeup and wardrobe. She looks a little bigger. We didn’t pad her up but she looks a little bigger than she normally does. Lighting has to do with it, too.”
And just as important, Barclay gushed, “Her acting was completely naturalistic.” E!Online
In a recent interview, SOA’s creator Kurt Sutter talked about Lea’s guest appearance on the show:
And then with Lea Michele, we heard she was interested from our executive producer and director Paris Barclay, who knew her from Glee and working together with Ryan Murphy [creator of Glee and FX’s American Horror Story]. And so it all sort of worked out. We cast her outside the box. She plays a truck stop waitress. You know, tough, tank top, not a smidge of makeup on her. She completely embraced what the show was all about. It’s a show that people want to play different parts on.
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