Glee’s depiction of teenage life and relationships with its leads as flawed and mostly underdogs made strong waves across all ages that one doesn’t have to be skinny or perfect to succeed.
In the following q&a by Ellaine Lipworth, Mark Salling, a classically trained pianist who also plays the guitar, bass and drums shares about the new film and what makes Glee resonate with audiences of every generation.
Q: How exciting is it making a movie?
A: It is very exciting and special; it’s good to see the world and see so many different fans and different cultures and just spread the joy of GLEE. A lot of people who couldn’t make it to the concerts will be able to see us on the big screen, that’s the main thing, and the movie is in 3D. But we didn’t really feel like we were doing a movie.”
Q: How do you keep going and maintain the energy and momentum?
A: “You know, you say I’m young and I’ll sleep when I die and keep on trucking. I drink a double dose of vitamin C packets every day and I work out every single day during the show. You keep your body healthy and you keep your mind healthy.”
Q: What do you think of the way the show has brought classic music to a younger generation that might not know all these wonderful songs and artists you are covering?
A: “It is great and I think the other side of that is that it also brings new music to older people.”
Q: Why do you think GLEE has become so popular?
A: “It has something for everyone. It is all about embracing what makes each person different and it is about rooting for the underdog and people can relate to that concept.”
Q: You are a musician, does music still have the same impact for you now? Does it still feel as fresh and as inspiring to you now it is part of your daily life doing GLEE?
A: “You know, it really does. GLEE has actually opened my eyes personally to different horizons of music and dance and writing and acting and there is so much for an artist to take in and learn, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”
Prior to GLEE, Salling has appeared in commercials and in films, including “Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.” His television credits include “Walker” and “Texas Ranger.” Salling enjoys playing Frisbee and golf and has a passion for ornithology.
“Glee The 3D Concert Movie” opens September 21 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.