We caught up with Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and the rest of the cast at the 'Glee' premiere
Patrick Gallagher of FOX's 'Glee'
HitFix: How different does high school seem today from back in your day?
Patrick Gallagher: I think we were much more innocent. I think they're a little bit more annoying than we were, but that's just because I'm older now and I find them annoying. You know what? I don't think I could handle high school now. The world is a much harsher, nastier place then when I grew up. I grew up in the '80s. It was pre-9/11, everything was different. I think that really what's great about the show is that it's so hopeful and that we've come out of a period where I think people are looking for that. I think the last election sort of showed that. Not to go back to 9/11, but that really did change everything and I think people want some hope, that they want a little fun.
HitFix: Your character, the football coach, initially isn't one we're supposed to like, but are we going to grow to sympathize with him more?
PG: I hope they do. There's some writing that I think will get people to root for Ken. I think in the pilot you may not root for me, but if you past that, that was my goal and the goal of everybody, was to have people on Ken's side and understand where his bitternesss comes from.
HitFix: Do you even get to sing eventually?
PG: A couple episodes down, I think maybe if I sing a little, it might impress Emma, so I give it a shot. I think my voice is fine. I think I'm the one person who doesn't sing at all, but wrapping is hard. I have a Paul Simon-y voice, so I don't have that sort of rhythm, so it was fun for me to do. I had to dance, too. That was the harder part.
HitFix: Do you have a musical background?
PG: I was in choir in high school. I was one of those marginalized kids in high school. I like the fact that this show says to kids and everyone, be who you are. It doesn't matter what people say. If it makes you happy, do it. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to draw, draw. If you want play board games, just play board games. Nobody should care. You should just be who you are. All the greatest stuff comes from inside.
"Glee" premieres on Tuesday, May 19 on FOX and will return to FOX in the fall.