The last time Sugar Motta (Vanessa Lengies) took center stage, we all got the surprise of our lives. Though the American Dreams actor is more than capable of carrying a tune, her Glee rendition of “Big Spender” made it clear that Vanessa was not hired to belt out the big musical numbers. And so, she’s remained in the background for half of a season — occasionally getting a punch-line to remind us that she’s still part of New Directions.
Well, tonight Sugar’s storyline goes in a different direction as she’s being courted by two guys – Artie (Kevin McHale) and Rory (Damian McGinty) — for Valentine’s Day.
Wetpaint Entertainment got a chance to chat with Vanessa about the big Valentine’s Day episode, her love triangle and who she’d like Sugar to find true love with.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What can we expect from tonight’s episode?
Vanessa Lengies: Oh, you can expect a lot of Sugar, a lot of dancing, a lot of singing, a lot of kissing. It seems like every couple's locking lips for this episode. Then there's a love triangle between Sugar, Rory, and Artie, which is hysterical. I can't tell you who wins the heart of Sugar Motta, but I can tell you that Sugar’s middle name is Valentina, and Valentine's Day is her favorite day ever. So she's orchestrated this party, at Breadstix, which she's renamed the Sugar Shack, and, as she tells the rest of them, you're not allowed to come to the party single.
Will she actually make a decision?
She does make a decision by the end of the episode.
So what are the pros and cons of Rory and Artie?
Well, you've seen in previous episodes that Sugar thinks that Artie’s legs will make her arms look fat. So that was one of her cons for Artie. But pros for Artie is that she thinks that he's a really sweet guy. He stuck up for Becky (Lauren Potter) when the glee club was giving him a hard time for going to Breadstix with her. A pro for Rory is that he is foreign and adorable, but also his con would probably be that his accent’s hard for her to understand. That would probably be pros and cons for both of them.
I don't know if [for Sugar] there’s much thought past, ‘What are you going to buy me?’ Like, ‘What's going to be the more elaborate attempt to win me over.’ I think that's what she looks for.
What about you, Vanessa? Would you like to see her end up with either one?
I was really hoping that Sugar and Artie would get together. I thought that Shartie would make a really funny ‘ship name. And then also when Kevin McHale’s serenade to Sugar happened, I was really smitten by him in real life as well. He's just so cute. I can't even tell you.
But I don't even know if Sugar understands what a relationship is. In my mind, she was raised without being around other kids her age, and she just watched movies and movies and movies. So everything like from her outfits to her reactions to things is just like her re‑enacting things she's seen in movies. That's my opinion of how her mind works. So like I don't think she understands like real relationship stuff beyond just what she's seen on TV.
Is this a story line that will continue into other episodes?
I hope so. Not that I'm aware of at the moment.
So this is your big episode?
Yeah. It's Sugar's episode. It definitely is. My fingers are crossed that people like it.
What else goes on in the Valentine's episode?
There's people breaking up. People getting together. People making a stand for equality in their relationship. Friends being there for people who are heart broken. I mean it's definitely a love episode. It definitely touches on all kinds of like different relationship story lines that one could relate to.
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