Kevin McHale is spreading some serious glee. The actor/singer/dancer,who co-stars on Glee as the wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams,has spent his summer in Glee mode.
He joined his cast-mates for a sold-out,18-city Glee Live! concert tour,portions of which were captured on film for Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and on tape for a tie-in CD. McHale also recently spent several days in Australia,where several Glee members at a pair of Gleek-On events.
The Gleek-Ons were very interesting, McHale says. All the fans in the area sign up and come to meet us. We do Q&A sessions and pose for photos.
This whole Glee experience has been great, he continues. Its been a bucket list of things to check off that I never even knew existed on my bucket list. Ive met Oprah (Winfrey). Ive met the First Family, says the 23-year-old,who grew up in Texas,and was a member of the boy band NLT before Glee came his way in 2009.
The movie captures songs from the concerts,which featured all of the shows young actors,including the Warblers.
For the people around the world and in the US who didnt get to the show,the movie is basically what you missed, McHale says. Its 3D and interactive,and youll basically see the entire show.
The movie shows the actors only as their respective characters,performing songs heard during the first two seasons of Glee.
For McHale that meant donning Arties signature sweaters and black glassesand maneuvering around the stage in a wheelchair,because Artie is a paraplegic,though McHale is not.
That was a harder concept for me to graspbeing in character, McHale says.
But,come second tour,I was more mentally prepared and I got it, he continues. I saw how it worked. As far as the wheelchair goes,its really not that much different using it on a stage than it is doing it on the set of the show, McHale says.
Season 3 of Glee recently started production,and Fox will kick off the new season in September.
McHale reports that hes been pleased with the way the writers have developed Artie.
At the very beginning,I obviously had no idea what to expect. It was always my dream to have an on-screen relationship. So far Ive had two. Ive gotten to lose my virginity to a cheerleader,which was awesome and which I never thought would ever happen for Artie,because he is the resident geek. So,you know,
I just want them to keep it in the same vein as that, says McHale.
I think that Glee,no matter how long some of us are on show,will have been the most amazing experience of our lives.
Id love to be on it as long as they want me, he adds. but Rule 1 is play the character how its supposed to be played. So,if Artie is no longer supposed to be in high school,then hes not in high school. Theres no need to force something thats not meant to be. So well see what happens.