Glee’s Freshest Faces
No TV show is making a bigger splash with fans and critics alike than Fox’s hit musical-dramedy Glee. Thanks in large part to big name guest stars, from actors that sing (John Stamos, Neil Patrick Harris), to singers that act (Britney Spears, Josh Groban) to Broadway vets that do it all (Kristin Chenowith, Indina Menzel), Glee has been able to transcend its high school setting and appeal to audiences of all ages. This year, the guest stars may be bigger with Carol Burnett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Javier Bardem all taking the mic, but it’s the new batch of regulars that are really bringing the heat – and the viewers. From the football coach with the heart of gold to the dashing and debonair member of a rival club, here is your unofficial introduction to the Glee Class of 2011.
Dot-Marie Jones who plays football coach Shannon Beiste (pronounced Beast) is no stranger to the small screen having appeared in television shows such as Married with Children, Lizzie Maguire and Desperate Housewives. But what may surprise you is that acting was not Dot’s first career choice.
At six feet, four inches tall, Jones used her height to her advantage, competing in a variety of sports including softball, track-and-field and weight lifting. After earning a scholarship to
After four years of college and 11 crushing injuries, Jones became a youth counselor at the
After a successful 15 years as a working, but relatively unknown actress, Jones landed a three-episode stint on the Ryan Murphy-helmed FX series Nip/Tuck, as well as a part in his ill-fated pilot Pretty/Handsome (starring fellow Gleek Jonathan Groff). Time passed, and Murphy left the show to work on a new musical project for Fox, which would ultimately become Glee. Following a run-in with another of the show’s producers, Brad Falchuk, in a
Since his first appearance as
Before he was
Graduating from college in 2009, Criss made the move to
Within hours of his first appearance, a role originally contracted for two episodes, Criss was offered a position as a regular cast member on the show’s third season. But Criss hasn’t forgotten his roots, a new show, Starship, from his Team StarKid crew is on the way with Criss again serving as the show’s primary songwriter. He also recently released his first CD Human, which features all original music.
The mystique around the role of Sam Evans was present before Chord Overstreet was even cast. Assumed to be a love interest for Kurt, Sam has since found love with Quinn, the head cheerleader who recently gave her baby up for adoption. What the future holds for Sam is still unclear, but Chord’s past is all-American as his character.
Growing up in
He began his acting career in 2009, guest starring on the web series Private. He followed that up with a stint on the Disney Channel’s iCarly and the short film The Hole. But it was in mid-2010 that he got the role of a lifetime as the new kid at McKinley, Sam Evans. Having taken on the Travie McCoy hit Billionaire and donning a pair of especially golden short shorts during the show’s Rocky Horror tribute, Sam, and Chord, are quickly becoming fan favorites.
Fresh faces also include Charice, who like Darren Criss, was a YouTube sensation before landing the role of Sunshine Corazon and Cheyenne Jackson, a Broadway vet best known for his work on 30 Rock who was this-close to being cast as Mr. Schuester before producers decided on Matthew Morrison. The pair will return to screens when New Directions takes on their old rivals Vocal Adrenaline.
Glee airs Tuesdays on Fox, 8:00 P.M. Eastern/9:00 P.M. Central.