Now, Ali’s giving us the inside scoop on what it was like to film her Glee appearance, and what sort of advice she received from another Glee Project vet.
When did your guest appearance on Glee come together? I got called right around Christmas time.
What was it like to show up on set for the very first time? I was really nervous, but I was so excited because I met almost everyone on The Glee Project. And everyone was so nice when they came onto the show, so there was definitely that level of knowing that. It wasn't like I was not going to know anyone at all, but I really didn't know how it worked.
I had done some small television work before, on Sesame Street and Nickelodeon, but I know that every show runs very differently, and I heard that everything moves very fast. So the night before I went, I called Alex Newell [Unique] who was one of the winners of season one and he was so sweet. He was just like, “Listen. The only thing you need to do is be yourself. Don't try to be anything but you.”
You know what I mean? He just made me feel so comfortable. I was so grateful for that, and the next day, I was bursting I was so excited. My call was early in the morning. I got there and met a bunch of the production people. And I have to say that everyone who works on that show — the cast of course — but everyone who works on the show is so nice and so kind and really made me just so comfortable and so welcome. If you wanted to paint a perfect situation about your first real job on television, this was what I would have painted.
Did you do the bitchy scene in the church first? No. I did not. We did not shoot in consecutive order. So I ended up shooting the last scene first.
That’s a nice entrance to make. Yeah, totally. But it's interesting because I'm used to doing theater where the story's unfolding, and it makes sense for your character where you're at. So what’s so cool about television is you have to jump around.
Was it weird for Kevin to be in a wheelchair with you? No. I really never, ever felt that. He’s like, “You put me to shame. Your dancing's so amazing — I thought I was doing pretty well, and I saw you dance.”
I was like, oh, boy. And all of that was just fun. None of us got choreographed, we just did our thing. As I was watching, I was like, “That really looks like we were really having fun.”