Cory Monteith on His Glee Project Debut: Anti-bullying Is Close to My Heart
After all the fun, games, and crazy amounts of making out in last week’s Glee Project, the show is about to get a whole lot more serious in this week’s episode. Season 2, Episode 3 is "Vulnerability," and it’s all about the harmful impact of bullying.
Cory Monteith (Finn) — whose character has been both the victim and the instigator of bullying in the past — stops by as this week’s guest mentor, and the lanky Glee star spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about why episodes like “Vulnerability” are so important.
“Glee has always advocated for things like this and anti-bullying is close to a lot of the people's hearts who run, produce and star in the show, myself and Ryan Murphy included,” Cory says. Last year’s Glee Project also featured an episode centered around “Vulnerability”, and it featured Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste) as guest-mentor.
During that episode, the Season 1 contenders were required to walk around Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles wearing a gigantic sign that exposed their deepest insecurity.
"Once upon a time, that sign would have said, 'I can't dance,' " Cory says. However, things have changed a bit since then. "Glee has been very revelatory for me the past few years and the fact that now millions of people are watching me sing and dance every week is pretty crazy. I don't know what that sign would be now, but thank God I don't have to do that!"
We’re not sure yet if this year’s contenders will have to repeat that task during Tuesday's episode, but we do know that they will film a bullying-based music video of REM's "Everybody Hurts," that is highly emotional.
Glee — and many of its stars — have never been afraid to take a stand against bullying, and The Glee Project setting out to be no different. "It's high on everyone's priority list to lend our support to make people more aware,” Cory says. “This is happening to real kids every day."