Time to Get Happy With the Cast of Glee

Meet the cast of Fox's much talked about new musical Glee

By Natalie Abrams May 18, 2009 8:04 PMTags

The title Glee doesn't even begin to describe the joy you'll get from watching Fox's newest show. From Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy comes a one-hour comedy with all the properties to make you Glee-ful.

We recently hit the set to get you the lowdown on your soon-to-be favorite high school glee club members. Once you meet the kids of Glee in the clip above, head down below to get a glimpse of the adults, who have just as much drama as the students.

"I'm excited for the audience to see the pilot, but then they have to wait so much longer to see more episodes," says Matthew Morrison, who plays glee club teacher Will Schuester. Unfortunately, Tuesday night only brings one hour of the new Fox series, but there is much to look forward to this fall.

Guest Stars Galore: Glee is bringing in the heavy hitters like Kristin Chenoweth, who plays an alcoholic high school dropout; Josh Groban guests as himself, who Chris Colfer says "played himself as this ignorant asshole"; and Debra Monk and Victor Garber play Will Schuester's parents.

Many Love Triangles: As seen in the clip above, we know there's a love triangle between Rachel, Quinn and Finn, but the real action is with Will, Emma (Jayma Mays) and Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig). Jessalyn, who plays Will's wife, teases, "That woman is trying to steal my man. I'm going to fight to the death." When it comes to being an adult in a high school love triangle, Matthew jokes, "I dig it." However, there may be trouble in paradise since Emma is a serious germaphobe. Says Jayma, "She's mysophobic, which is a phobia of dirt and germs, but when it comes to Will, she'd get dirty with him." Just to be clear, the love triangle is actually a love quadrangle with the football coach, Ken Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher), who dons workout gear that should've died in the 80s. "What's wrong with a full-grown man wearing tiny shorts and knee-high socks?" says Patrick.

High School Bullies: Love's not the only drama the adults have to deal with. They're in cliques just as much as the students are, with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) being the top dog of the school. Jane jokes, "I'm fresh out of high school, so I feel like I graduated for nothing—here I am back in high school. You really don't leave high school. It's a caste system that stays with you through life." She, at least, runs the caste system. "People are good, and they have feelings, and I'm trying to crush them, and they always emerge victorious, and it makes me madder and madder," teases Jane. She's serious.

Final Ironic Note: Former American Idol contestant Amber Riley, who was rejected when she auditioned for the show, is now a star on the soon-to-be hit series, which premieres following Idol on Tuesday night. Says Riley, "At the time, I wasn't even ready to be on American Idol, so I'm glad I was rejected and not thrown to the wolves at 17 years old. It brought me to Glee and gave me a chance to grow, and now I get to show that on television." In other words, in your face Idol.

The series premiere of Glee airs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.