Matthew Morrison talks about Will Schuester for the Home Entertainment release of Glee: Season 4
With many of the former Glee Club members now graduates, the hunt is on at William McKinley High School to find talented singers to rebuild the New Directions. It’s not goodbye to the graduates however as beloved characters Rachel and Kurt move to New York to continue their education at the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA), struggling to adjust to life after high school. So Glee: Season 4 still features all of your favourite characters, but also introduces great new additions to all the laughs, tears and fun-filled antics in a season that features numerous episodes that will leave you desperate for more.
Like the memorable seasons before it, Glee continues to attract big names, with starring roles from Kate Hudson as a nasty NYADA dance teacher, to Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg (reprising her role as NYADA Dean Carmen Tibideaux). As well as this, the popular show’s trademark tribute episodes entertain more than ever, with this season featuring episodes dedicated to the music of Britney Spears, Grease and Stevie Wonder.
Glee Season 4 also sees the introduction of latest Glee Project winner Blake Jenner who joins the cast as Ryder Lynn, a football-playing sophomore who Finn encourages to audition for the upcoming school production of Grease.
Good times and bad times in the McKinley universe. How important is it to have that dynamic on the show that is starting to look to the future?
Have conflict? It is important for any show to have conflict. If there's no conflict I don't think people really want to tune in. You can't have a happy world the whole time. Our show thrives on conflict but it's also conflict that raises big issues, the conflict of being bullied, of being a teenager who's pregnant. These big issues that we have in our society are huge conflicts that people can have with other students or young people in their lives. These are conflicts that need to have some light shed on them.
I don't know what's tougher in life, to be a teenager going through those awkward moments of growth and education versus an adult who really should know better.
I agree with you. It’s almost harder as an adult and that's kind of what Rachel and Kurt are experiencing now that they are in New York. In high school, it hurts but you kind of have a safety net in the high school experience and just with your friends there. When you're an adult you're kind of on your own, you make mistakes that could be really devastating to your life and to your career.
And to the people around you. For Will, what is going to happen? Sometimes I think he makes worse decisions than the kids.
This is a season of transition for everyone. Winning nationals has been this kind of elusive thing for the past three years and now, he won. He won nationals. When you get to that place and you have this vision of something so great and grand and actually attain it then you're like okay, what now? What next? And I think that's kind of where Will is right now. He just achieved this great height in his career and then he's kind of got this new batch of kids now and it's kind of like starting from scratch. His heart's not quite in it like it used to be.
Is it hard what you have been to the peak of the mountain to do it again?
Yeah, absolutely. I think it's also changed in a way because we're going to talk about in this season, he wants to make a change on a national level now. He's going to be going off to Washington DC to kind of advocate for the arts out there.
GLEE: SEASON 4 IS OUT NOW ON BLU-RAY AND DVD