The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
A few years ago, people were talking about the Hollywoodization of Broadway, but can you talk about bringing Broadway to Hollywood with a show like “Glee”?
Dante Di Loreto: It’s extraordinary. I produce straight plays on Broadway, and came to Los Angeles to produce a musical on television. And it’s an incredible gift. I think any time people are singing and dancing, it’s a better world.
Matthew, how has the transition been for you to go from Broadway to L.A.?
Matthew Morrison: I thought I was going to come to L.A. and have a nice, easy TV schedule, and get tan and stuff, but this is so much harder than anything I’ve ever done in New York. But it’s so rewarding, and there’s such a great message every week on the show. I couldn’t be more proud of our cast and crew.
Is the rumor true that the diva of “Glee” is Jane Lynch, not Lea Michele?
Jane Lynch: [She says jokingly] That is true. That is absolutely true. I’m like the queen.
Ryan Murphy: I think I’m the diva! Seriously, they’re all nice as pie. I would say I win that title.
How many people work on “Glee”?
Murphy: Hundreds. I actually think our cast has doubled in a year. I think we have the largest cast in television. I think we have one of the largest crews. Most of the time, we have — Dante can speak to this — two units rolling, because of the musical numbers. It’s really big.
Di Loreto: Three guys write every episode. Three gentlemen.
Murphy: But it’s a big crew, and it’s a big cast that seems to grow lovingly by the month.
How tough of a sell was “Glee” in the beginning?
Murphy: It was interesting, because I had done “Nip/Tuck” with [TV executives] Peter Liguori and Kevin Reilly to great success, so they brought me in. I think they thought I was going to want to do a dark, procedural drama, and I said, “I want to do a musical.”
And I had a lot of support from Gary [Newman] and Dana [Walden, chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television], and they said, “Fine. Try it.” And then it was steps. They read the script. They liked it. They greenlit it. They saw the pilot. They liked it. I think everybody thought it was going to be a noble attempt. I don’t think anybody thought it was going to be what it became.
Brad Falchuk: But there was a huge amount of support.
Murphy: Yeah, they always supported us way. Fox and the studio.
Who are some of your dream guests you would like to have on “Glee”?
Murphy: Well, I just ran into Anne Hathaway, who’s created her own role. And I said, “I think that’s great.” So she’s going to come on the show. She wants to play Chris Colfer’s lesbian aunt. She presented it and the songs [she wants to do on the show]. So who knows? I love her, and I said that we’d definitely be interested.
What can you say about the post-Super Bowl “Glee” episode?
Falchuk: It’s huge. We have a huge half-time show with all of our cast. There’s some pretty intense makeup. There’s a couple of unexpected kisses in there. It’s big. And there is a huge Cheerios number that involves a flaming whips and BMX bikers which bores Sue Sylvester to no end.
Is it the biggest-budgeted episode of “Glee”?
Falchuk: Easily, yeah. Thank you to 20th Century Fox and GM [General Motors].
Did you think “Glee” was going to win this award?
Jayma Mays: No idea!
Murphy: To be honest, I think traditionally, the Hollywood Foreign Press [Association] likes to spread the wealth in all of the categories. We won last year, and I thought that “Modern Family” would win, because they’re a fabulous show. They won the Emmy [in 2010]. We love them, and I thought that’s the way it was going to go. So I was very surprised and happy.
Have you worked out a deal with Paul McCartney to feature his music on “Glee”?
Murphy: We come back in February , and I think in the first six episodes, we’ve done two Paul songs, because we love him. So yes. Actually, in an episode we have, Darren Criss sings a song called “Silly Loves Songs,” which is one of my favorite Paul McCartney songs. Valentine’s Day. So yes, we are working heavily with Sir Paul.
Do you have a favorite “Glee” episode or musical number?
Murphy: I have so many, but I would have to go with our first thing that really put us on the map, which was “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It seems very, very long ago and far away, but that, for me.
Falchuk: I’m a big “Rain on My Parade” guy, but that’s just me.
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Golden Globe Awards website
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