In the Glee Season 3 premiere, Lindsay Pearce showed us that anything we can do, she can do better. The Glee Project runner-up gave a brilliant — and manic — performance as Harmony, the NYATA hopeful who started preparing for a showbiz career in the womb (her ultrasound was used in an episode of Murder She Wrote). She’ll reappear in Season 3, Episode 8, "Hold On to Sixteen," aka the SECTIONALS episode, but, as exciting as her Glee experience has been, it hasn’t been without its trials. (Ouch!)
Read on for more exclusive dish from Lindsay, including her Sectionals return, spoilery details on who fellow Glee Project star Samuel Larsen will play, and the one thing she’d never done before being on Glee.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was the Glee experience like for you?
Lindsay Pearce: Oh, it was a dream... I got to act with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer and sing this beautiful number. And the dancers were so great and Zach [Woodlee, Glee choreographer] would be so patient and wonderful with all of us. It was just such an amazing, amazing experience.
That was a huge number. How long were you there for?
I was only on set for a day, but it was a 16 hour day, if I remember correctly. Something crazy. And it was a long rehearsal, because I had to learn how to tap dance... It was so much fun, and everyone on the set was just so nice. I was just like a kid in a candy store, loving it, soaking up every moment. It's not every day that I get to sit next to two TV legends and, as a character, have to kick them. How do you take on Lea Michele and Chris Colfer? They're so good. I was so nervous. But they were really nice and really amazing.
Had they watched the show? Did they have any reaction to you being there?
Chris Colfer thought that I actually won because I went in, I recorded, I did my entire episode before the finale of Glee Project, so he was like, “Oh my God, you won right?” And I was like, “No.” He was like, “Well, you're still here.” I kind of let the cat out of the bag. He was really, really sweet.
What did you think of your character, Harmony?
Well, she's crazy for one, I mean just absolutely insane. In the script it's so funny because there's like a footnote — it was like, tap dancing Gerber baby from hell, or something like that. The script is so interesting. It's very descriptive of characters and reactions to things. If the reaction is supposed to be like a holy crap reaction, it will say, "holy crap." So the entire time I just kept getting the note: She had to be crazy.
And we actually had a different version of the song. There was a more like jazzy, original version of the song and Ryan [Murphy, Glee creator] heard it and was like, “I want it to be a little more crazy.” So we waited for an hour for them to figure out how we should sing the song, and they just said be Patti Lupone. And I was just like, all right. I'll be insane, like Patti Lupone. That's kind of how Harmony came about. She was just supposed to be a show‑off, and then she turned into this crazy Gerber baby.
I think you should get a lifetime supply of Red Bull. It was like you were the walking advertisement.
I know right? As you all know, I'm already a pretty high energy person, but at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was go home and take a bubble bath. It was so tiring. But when you're involved with this task, how dare you be tired? The crew was there way earlier than you. Everyone was so amazing. The entire atmosphere there is really, really high energy and very fun and light. It was great. It was actually wonderful.
What brings Harmony back?
She comes back for sectionals. She's going up against the New Directions.
Can you say what you're singing and dancing?
I can't. I wish I could, but it has to be a surprise.
This will be your second episode Do you know if there's more?
I haven't been told, but I have a feeling that this will be my last episode. I think it all just depends. I just saw Damian [McGinty]’s episode last week. It was so good. I can't wait to see Sam's and Alex [Newell]'s. I think Sam’s coming in as Puck’s cousin or something like that. I think it might be the last hurrah for Harmony, but it's been a really, really fun charge.
You got to go first. That's amazing.
I did. I know. I was so surprised. Damian was so excited. He was like, “What's the set like? What's it going to be like? Is it scary?” It was really, really cool.
Was it scary?
Well, of course, it was. I mean, I was going on, and I'm sitting in the hair and makeup chair next to Lea Michele, and I was just like, ‘Uh, hey.’ You don’t want to say anything because everyone’s just so focused, but here I am as a fan, working on the same day with them, and I was just like, “Oh my God. I'm going to die.”
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