How Gleeky Were These Stars Before 'Glee'?
By Kristina Lucarelli Posted Feb 6th 2011 05:55PM
We know, we know. It's hard to believe the 'Glee' cast was ever anything more than a bunch of singing, dancing, cavity-inducing kids. Or in Sue Sylvester's case, a cringe- and quote-worthy tyrant. But they all had lives and gigs before they became award-winning household names -- however weird and embarrassing they may have been. Hollywood Life recently reported Cory Monteith was a Wal-Mart greeter before his big break. You know who else had a sucky part-time job in a department store? Finn Hudson. Which got us thinking -- how similar are the actors to their 'Glee'-ful alter-egos?
We did some digging, and rated the best pre-'Glee' careers against their characters. See how the stars match up after the jump.
When he was younger, Colfer played Sancho Panza in a high school production of 'Man of La Mancha.'
Gleek Factor: 9. If McKinley High did normal musicals -- read: not 'Rocky Horror' -- Kurt Hummel would be all over that. Though we think Sancho's costume would turn Kurt off. He'd much rather go for Don Quixote.
Not only was she all over Broadway since she was a kid, in shows like 'Les Miserables' and 'Spring Awakening,' but she also went to theater kid haven, Stagedoor Manor.
Gleek Factor: 10. Theater camp? Come on, if Stagedoor Manor existed in the fictional world our Gleeks live in, you know Rachel Berry would beg her gay dads to send her there every summer. See Lea and the 'Spring Awakening' cast perform at the 2007 Tony Awards:
Basically a male version of Lea Michele. Except replace 'Les Mis' and 'Spring Awakening' with 'The Light in the Piazza' and 'Hairspray.'
Gleek Factor: 7. They're both pretty much theater nerds. But Morrison was never a teacher, so we're docking his Gleekiness a few points. See him do a song from 'Hairspray' on Caroline Rhea's show:
Pre-'Glee' Ushkowitz was a host of the YES Network's 'Yankees on Deck.' But don't let the sportiness fool you -- she also starred in 'Spring Awakening,' like co-star Lea Michele.
Gleek Factor: 3. If it wasn't for her foray into sports journalism and her overall sunny disposition in interviews, her Gleekiness would rank higher thanks to the stint on ol' Broadway. But Tina Cohen-Chang is not the cheeriest of the bunch. And baseball? Please. As if any of the Gleeks have a clue who Nick Swisher or Mark Teixeira are, especially Tina. All she cares about is Mike Chang's abs and her Hot Topic wardrobe. See her 'Spring Awakening' vid:
So ... remember boy bands? Yeah. Kevin McHale (sans trademark specs) was in a boy band, one called NLT. Uh huh. That's pretty much all there is to say about that.
Gleek Factor: 6. So what if Artie can't walk and wears terrible Cosby sweaters? He's kind of a ladies man, scoring with both Tina and Brittany. And every time he has one of those fever dreams where he magically regains functions of his legs (see The Safety Dance) we remember that Artie, despite his handicap, can really dance, just like McHale in his boy band days. See an NLT music video:
She's one of the biggest surprises to come out of 'Glee' since the show premiered. Before she perfected the "dumb blond cheerleader" cliché, she was one of Beyonce's back up dancers -- which is why she was originally hired to teach the 'Glee' cast the 'Single Ladies' dance to perform in an episode. And that was enough for Ryan Murphy to cast her as Brittany, only one week later.
Gleek Factor: 3. We all know Brittany S. Pierce can dance, but that's about where the similarities end. Morris has much more going on between the ears than Brittany ever will, which is why both Brittany and Morris are our favorites. Not everyone can seriously deliver lines like "I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary." But somehow she pulls it off every single time. See Heather Morris as Beyonce's back-up dancer:
Before coming on as the newest cast member and Kurt's love interest, Criss co-wrote and starred in the most amazing thing ever: 'A Very Potter Musical,' which is exactly what it sounds like. And yes, you should watch the whole thing immediately.
Gleek Factor: 10. Blaine is the hot star of The Warblers, and charming and clever to boot. Criss is the hot star of our hearts. So basically, they're the same person. Plus, we don't think it's beyond Blaine to be so, totally awesome that he writes a whole musical in his free time. Check out 'A Very Potter Musical Pt. 1':
She's been doing comedy for years, showing up in Christopher Guest and Judd Apatow films, but one of her earliest gigs was in a Frosted Flakes commercial way back when.
Gleek Factor: 7. Jane Lynch is just as witty and hilarious as Sue Sylvester. But there's no way Lynch is anywhere near as cold-hearted as Sue, thank goodness. See the commercial:
No matter how many shows he's on or how many Emmys he's nominated for, Mike O'Malley will always be remembered for one thing: Hosting Nickelodeon's 'GUTS,' aka the greatest sports game show of all time.
Gleek Factor: 6. O'Malley and Burt Hummel actually have quite a bit in common. They're both the total guy's guy, they both like sports, they're both adorably awkward and sweet. But, as far as we know, O'Malley doesn't have a gay teenage son ... or a heart problem. See a 'GUTS' clip:
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