He came so close to a stint on Glee, but Cameron Mitchell, who walked away from The Glee Project allowing Damian McGinty to stay in the competition and win, has no regrets…well, almost.
As Cameron attended a screening his friend’s first episode on the set of Glee (Season 3, Episode 4, “Pot O’ Gold”), surrounded by the show’s cast, he had a brief moment of remorse.
“I’m sitting there thinking, ‘That could have been me,’” Cameron admitted to Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview. “There was a moment when I was like, ‘Am I sure I did the right thing?’ Maybe we could have been doing that together – how cool would that be?”
But while his own faith-based decision to leave briefly came back to haunt him, Cameron has no hard feelings when it comes to the success of his Irish roommate.
“I am so proud of him,” he tells us of Damian’s Glee Season 3 arc as Rory Flanagan. “He’s worked so hard. He is definitely deserving of this.” Watching his best friend perform dance routines onscreen is particularly entertaining for Cameron, who recalls their shared difficulty in learning choreography on The Glee Project.
“Me and Damian had no idea what we were doing,” laughs Cameron. “I feel sorry for Damian that his day job is now to go in and dance ever day. We were definitely the two left-feeters.”
While Damian is in the middle of his seven-episode arc, Cameron is currently focusing on his music. “I’m trying to get into the music scene,” he says. “I’m working with some really cool people, and my goal is to get a CD out.”
His advice to the new batch of wannabe Gleeks that have already started auditioning for the second season of The Glee Project? “Just be yourself” — a realization he came to after briefly considering beefing up his audition by playing a character.
“You think to yourself, ‘What do I have to do to stand out?’ so for a while I thought maybe I should act really weird,” he says. In the end, Cameron was so nervous he couldn’t pretend to be anyone but himself and he’s grateful for it. “Don’t try to be something that you’re not,” he says. “Don’t go in thinking that Glee needs something, because they weren’t looking for anything [specific].”
And despite that early departure from the show that made him famous, Cameron is thrilled to find out that he’s still remembered fondly by fans. “It is so weird,” he says about the videos that appeared online after the Chicago auditions on November 6th. “The people were doing the stanky leg because of me. I can’t believe I actually left a mark — what an honor!”
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