Finn and Rachel forever? That seems to be the case if Lea Michele has her way!
It was just announced that Michele and several of Glee's other seniors (Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith, included) will definitely be returning to the Fox hit series for its fourth season, ending months of speculation and rumors.
We caught up with the lovely Michele at the Fox's winter press tour party where she was excited to finally be able to talk about returning to the show. Also, the girl is the master of the TV tease as she tells us Ryan Murphy's season-four plan is "revolutionary." Plus, we got the latest scoop on a certain fan-favorite couple...
When asked how it feels to finally be able to say she's coming back for another season after months of rumors, Michele says, "I'm so happy to finally be here and get to say, 'Yes, we're coming back.' "
Michele tells us she had complete faith in Murphy and knew he wouldn't "steer fans in the wrong direction." While she always had an inkling she would be returning, Michele says they had to wait until the right time to make the big announcement. "We just couldn't tell everybody exactly what was happening. It was the beginning of the season three and to start to talk about season four I think was unfair," she explains. "Now it's midseason and it's definitely the right time to say yes, Rachel will be back next year, as will some of her other friends."
While she knows what Murphy and company have in store for season four, Michele couldn't reveal much other than it might change TV. No big deal! "I'm so excited. I spoke with Ryan today. We had a great conversation," she teases. "He told me his plan and I will tell you it's incredibly groundbreaking and it's revolutionary for television, the way he's figured out how to use these graduated high school characters on this TV show."
Michele admits to us that she also teared up a bit while on the phone with Murphy because she was so excited to continue on the show. "I was like, 'Ryan, I feel like I could cry!' I always knew in the back of my mind, like, listen, I'm coming back whether they want it or no. I'm going to be a janitor in the background!" she says. "I'm thankful every single day. This is the best job in the whole world. Ryan is the greatest creator and I adore him. My cast is my family. I'm so happy."
And don't worry, Finchel fans. Michele assures us that wherever Rachel goes, Finn will follow. "Cory and I like to say we're like a two-for-one deal. She wouldn't be there without him," she teases. Michele also tells us that she called Monteith as soon as she heard the news of their season four return was official. "We talked about it and we were both so happy," she says. "I'm just enjoying working with Cory. I feel like we've grown so much together as actors working together. I'm just really grateful because he's such a pleasure to work with."
Of course we couldn't give up the chance to get a bit of scoop on what's ahead for Glee's golden couple and Michele teases that there's "some fantastic stuff" in store for Finn and Rachel. "I think Finchel fans are going to be really happy about our upcoming storyline," she says. "Great duets, great songs. I got to sing a really emotional song for him that will be featured in our next episode."
Michele wouldn't divulge specifics about Finchel's upcoming storyline, only that "it's something big." Speculate away, Glee fans!
Are you excited to see Michele and Monteith return for season four? What would you like to see happen with Finchel this season? Sound off in the comments!