Hiatus Homework: Catch Glee Stars on the Big Screen
If you're like us, you're developing symptoms of withdrawal without your weekly dose of new Glee. In this painful interim, why not fill the void by catching a few of the cast members' most memorable film appearances? Obviously, most of their biggest big-screen roles are yet to come, but there are still a few notable flicks to watch before Glee returns on February 6, right after the Super Bowl. It's time to fill those Netflix queues!
The Glee star with by far the most big-screen appearances is Jane Lynch (Sue). Her most memorable role is as Steve Carell's libidinous boss in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, in which she steals virtually all of her scenes. Her finest acting is on view in Julie and Julia, in which she plays Julia Child's equally outspoken and fun-loving sister, opposite Meryl Streep. A few of her other hilarious film roles include a nutty social worker in the Paul Rudd comedy Role Models, Will Ferrell's doting mother in Talladega Nights, and an advertising exec in Alvin and the Chipmunks. She also appears in all of the Christopher Guest-directed mockumentary films — most notably Best in Show — and will next be seen in the alien comedy Paul, due in theatres next year. Long story short, the woman keeps busy!
Matthew Morrison (Will) has a few small film credits to his name. He had small parts in Dan in Real Life and I Think I Love My Wife (not to mention the role of "Young Busboy" in a Season 2 episode of Sex and the City) before getting his biggest role yet — appropriately — in Music and Lyrics. In the Hugh Grant-Drew Barrymore rom-com, Matthew plays Ray, the manager of a teen pop star. After his breakout success on Glee, it's only a matter of time before we see Matty Fresh in more movies!
You can see Cory Monteith (Finn) briefly in a few things, including teen horror flick Final Destination 3. If you're like us and were catching up on Christmas movies last month, then you might have seen him as a flirty sailor (in complete sailor garb, hat and all) in 2006's Deck the Halls. If you blinked, you probably missed his split-second appearance. Next up for Cory is a role in 2011's summer comedy Monte Cristo, co-starring Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez.
If you hurry, you might still be able to catch Burlesque, which co-stars Dianna Agron (Quinn), in theaters. She also appeared in the ensemble film The Romantics (primarily a Josh Duhamel and Katie Holmes vehicle), which was released earlier this year. If that’s not enough, here's something to look forward to: She's the romantic lead — opposite real-life boyfriend Alex Pettyfer — in the sci-fi flick I Am Number Four, coming out in February.
One Glee supporting player who does have an extensive resume is Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel). He can be seen in Eat Pray Love, directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Lucky you: It's now out on DVD! You can also catch him in the George Clooney football movie Leatherheads, the Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave, and the Hilary Duff rom-com The Perfect Man. Okay, so we said he was in a lot of movies — we never said they were good movies! Next up is the soon-to-be-released Ed Helms film Cedar Rapids.
Mr. Schue's gal pals have had some big-screen success. Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri) has done a few horror flicks, like The Stepfather and Prom Night, and Jayma Mays (Emma) had her biggest role so far in — shudder! — Paul Blart: Mall Cop. (Of course, she was actually pretty great in it.) Jayma was also in the spoof flick Epic Movie, and she'll appear in next summer's The Smurfs. As extra incentive to catch The Smurfs, it also features Glee guest-star Neil Patrick Harris (who can be seen in the Harold and Kumar comedies and the soon-to-be-released Beastly).
A few of the Glee kids have only a smattering of film roles between them. Mark Salling (Puck) was a child actor in the straight-to-DVD film Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (watch at your own risk!). Naya Rivera (Santana) was a child in the 2002 Dana Carvey comedy The Master of Disguise; Heather Morris (Brittany) played a cheerleader in last year's college comedy Fired Up!; and Chris Colfer (Kurt) voiced a dog in last summer's family film Marmaduke. Again, we're not sure this is reason enough to sit through Marmaduke, but that's up to you. If you're in the mood for some crazy dancing, make sure to rent Harry Shum Jr.'s (Mike) Step Up 3D.
As far as the guest stars who have made multiple appearances, John Stamos (Carl) is mainly famous for his TV roles, but he was in 2003's Party Monster. Idina Menzel (Shelby) can be seen in Enchanted and the film version of Rent. Two-episode guest Kristin Chenoweth has been in a slew of things, including You Again, Four Christmases, RV, The Pink Panther, Running with Scissors (directed by Ryan Murphy), and Deck the Halls — with sailor boy extra Cory Monteith. You get two Glee cast members for the price of one!
We hear that guest-star Gwyneth Paltrow might have been in one or two movies herself, but we're not certain about that…