Balancing business, Broadway and fame with ‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison

Glee star Matthew Morrison, who was recently married, met with LSY reporter Rebekah Dunn.

Glee star Matthew Morrison, who was recently married, met with LSY reporter Rebekah Dunn.

By Rebekah Dunn

We recently caught up with Glee star Matthew Morrison to capture his views on fame. We’ve been jittery with excitement (me in particular!) to share what he told us.

Some background on Matthew: He starred in Hairspray as Link Larkin (2002-2004) and starred in various other musicals such as Rocky Horror (2002) and The Light in the Piazza (2005). Currently he stars on Glee as the well-loved teacher Will Schuester, and will wrap up on the sixth and final season coming in 2015.

In our interview, which happened in Buffalo just a few weeks before his recent marriage, Matthew took us inside his experiences in the entertainment business:

  • On what was unexpected: “I never thought beyond the scope of Broadway. Where I’ve gone in television and in films and all that stuff, it’s been something unexpected.”
  • On his experience as a breakout star in Hairspray: “It was a show that changed a lot of people’s lives in the cast. Twelve, 13 years later, we’re all still such amazing friends. There’s such a bond that was created in that show.”
  • On setting goals: “It’s all about working hard and knowing what you want and seeing it through. It’s harder as I get older and I get more successful because things happen more quickly and happen so much faster. “ Here, Matthew explained how sometimes he’ll get a call to start shooting a movie within days or a few weeks, leaving little time to absorb the material. “Whereas before,” he said, “I used to have a lot of time to prepare for roles.”
  • On Chris Colfer, plays the character Kurt, using Glee as a platform for success:  “He’s someone who is incredibly talented in so many different ways. He’s an amazing writer — that’s something I didn’t know going into the show. He’s written three best-selling books already. He’s really used the platform to have a successful writing career.”
  • On the struggle of keeping control in show business: “There have been plenty of times where I’ve been extremely frustrated because there’s a lot of things in this business that you can’t control. Realize that you can’t always be in control and you have to go through the ride.”
  • On fans’ misconceptions: “It’s so hard to do a television show, especially a show like Glee, because we don’t just do acting. We also have dance rehearsals, and we have the recording studio all the time so there’s a lot of work that goes into it. People sit down and they watch their little hour of television and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s great!’ I think there’s a big misconception of how much work actually goes into this.”
  • On fame: “It’s one of those things that is unattainable. I don’t think people should go into anything wanting to be famous.”
  • On balancing business and creativity: “I wish this business was just called “show” but there is the “business” on the end.”

Rebekah Dunn in a senior in our program at Mount St. Mary Academy in Buffalo.

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