We've only gotten a glimpse of Cheyenne Jackson's apparently malevolent Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby on Glee, but Wetpaint scored some face time with the Broadway star to get a little scoop on Mr. Schue's upcoming arch-nemesis — plus what it was like to be part of that live 30 Rock episode.
Jackson, who nearly beat out Matthew Morrison for the role of Will Schuester, will be back on the November 9 episode “Never Been Kissed,” and will become even more prominent as the season goes on and the glee club competition gets dirtier.
“I think the next one I’m going to film is in a couple weeks,” Jackson told Wetpaint. “The majority of my storyline — since I’m the coach of the rival team — I have to wait for until the schools start their clashing of the titans. But I have some good, juicy stuff coming up!”
“Ryan Murphy described him to me as the ‘Anti-Will,’ so he loves to always dress in black, and not everything you see is what you get,” Jackson added. “Mr. Shue — Matt Morrison and I — our lives are going to be very intertwined.” All the way down to a dance-off? “I think so, yeah. We’re gonna bust out some moves.”
When we spoke to Jackson in Hollywood, he was fresh off the plane from New York, having appeared on the live 30 Rock broadcasts only hours earlier and still buzzing over the experience.
“It’s a well-oiled machine at the SNL studio, so we kind of just had to hit the ground running, “he said. “And it was interesting to see what performers were comfortable with that format and which ones were quaking in their boots backstage! But with Tina [Fey] and Alec [Baldwin] at the helm, they’re so comfortable in that format. I had four lines, but I was really excited.”
And nervous to perform live for an audience of millions? “I was! I was nervous, yeah. Just because you know you know your words and you know your marks, but when it comes down to it — it’s LIVE! And eight million people were watching. I guess it was the highest rated one. They’re so excited about the outcome.”