After one and a half seasons on GLEE, actress Dianna Agron her life has become a well-oiled machine. Playing Quinn, the former head Cheerio, her character has been pregnant, lost her high school love, found her voice, lost her latest high school love and is now back to being an emotionally conflicted teenager.
Agron has been enjoying all facets of the GLEE workout – singing, acting, dancing – and even managed to work in a movie (I AM NUMBER FOUR, currently in theaters) during her summer hiatus from the show.
With her time so tight, ASSIGNMENT X caught up with her at this year’s Winter TCA’s for this brief conversation.
ASSIGNMENT X: One of the things I love about the show and what they did with Quinn, is the soul and awareness they gave her with the pregnancy storylines. Did you expect that depth to come so quickly?
DIANNA AGRON: I have no idea what to expect after the pilot. [Co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] came to me after the second or third episode and he said, “you’re about to be pregnant.” I was so excited that this wasn’t going to be your typical school, this isn’t going to be your typical cheerleader, this isn’t going to be your typical anything. I was blessed with the writing they give me and continue to give me and it’s a wonderful ride – you never know what’s coming.
AX: Is it as insane to work on the show as it looks where you’re doing the
AGRON: Because we’re doing everything so quickly, and especially now, whatever level we started at, we’ve excelled and we’ve learned more and pushed ourselves. Now, because of the time crunch that we’re shooting close to when we’re airing, your brain doesn’t except that you can’t do it, you force yourself to get there and maybe you make a little bit of a fool of yourself, but most of the time it works. Everybody has improved a lot. Cory had two left feet and now he can dance. You pick things up quickly. It’s a testament to our choreographer, our music producer and everybody involved with the show.
acting, then you’re recording songs and the dancing – so much stuff? Does it get to a point where it’s overwhelming?
AX: With acting, singing and dancing, is there one of those that you enjoy over another?
AGRON: Acting, 100 percent. Some people thought I was crazy, I went straight from the show last season, straight into doing a movie [I AM NUMBER FOUR] and then I went straight back to the show. And they said, “don’t you want a break or some time off,” but to me, it’s getting to do new characters and staying with characters I know and love. It’s therapy for me. It’s getting to act like I’m someone else.
[additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante]
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