The television expose Glee first aired in 2009 (loopy, right?). Or no longer it is a musical comedy/drama that follows a ragtag community of high college students as they navigate sheet music and the drama of being teenagers, that first aired in 2009. Rapidly forward six seasons, 121 episodes and a whopping 728 musical performances (no longer to mention the literal dozens of Emmy nominations and six wins, the handful of Golden Globes, and primary extra chart-topping hits), and or no longer it is beautiful stable to recount that the expose turned into a bonafide phenomenon. Or no longer it is additionally beautiful stable to recount that phase of what made the gathering so profitable turned into its stars.
From the foundation, the solid so obviously gave it their all and beloved what they had been doing each and each episode—even when their personality turned into getting tossed within the dumpsters within the lend a hand of McKinley Excessive. With so primary singing and dancing taking place onscreen, that you simply would be able to also settle that The Novel Directions had been stacked with Broadway alums and showbiz teenagers who had been performing since they had been born. There had been just a few of these (including Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz), nonetheless there had been additionally a range of solid contributors for whom Glee turned into their first predominant feature (hey, Chris Colfer).
After watching them literally grow up on the expose, a range of fans are wondering what the solid is to this level. Did Lea observe in Rachel’s footsteps and return to Broadway? Did Heather Morris return to dancing with Beyonce? Did all of them at final gain to waste having slushies thrown of their faces? Read on to learn extra in regards to the complete stars of Glee, then and now.
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Then: Lea Michele
Rachel Berry, the self-appointed leader of the Glee membership with mountainous dreams, can also honest were the first starring feature for Lea Michele, nonetheless she had been appearing, singing and dancing professionally (including on Broadway) since she turned into a shrimp bit one. Her personality’s form A and in most cases *coughself-absorbed *coughpersona wasn’t continuously beloved by each and each the rather just a few contributors of The Novel Directions or viewers of the expose, nonetheless or no longer it is a must to admit, the girl’s received abilities. Rachel’s ambitions within the waste carried her the complete skill to Broadway as neatly, and the feature gave Lea two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nod.
But her newfound reputation wasn’t continuously the simplest ingredient to address. In 2013, she opened as a lot as Ellen Degeneres about how arduous it turned into to correctly mourn the death of her costar and boyfriend Cory Monteith whereas being hounded by paparazzi. “Or no longer it is beautiful intense,” Lea acknowledged on The Ellen Level to. “There are such a broad amount of different feelings, and to roughly indulge in other folks watching each and each step of the skill…” She acknowledged she felt stable going lend a hand to work on the expose all the intention through the time since the solid and crew had been care for her “household.”
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Now: Lea Michele
Lea has since remained busy in a technique that would make Rachel proud. Her first studio album, Louder, turned into released in 2014, and her 2nd, Areas, turned into released in 2017. You’re going to even indulge in additionally caught her in roles on TV and in movies, including teaming up with Ryan Murphy all over all all over again for Shriek Queens.
In 2019, Lea married businessman Zandy Reich, and the two welcomed their first shrimp one in 2020. That identical year, the actress’s behavior on problem came below fire after aged costars came forward with allegations of passive-aggressive (and in most cases outright aggressive) and racist behavior, Diversity reported on the time.
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Then: Matthew Morrison
You’re going to also yell that with out Will Schuester, there would be no Glee. The Spanish trainer at William McKinley Excessive College is the one accountable for reviving the school’s glee membership to no longer perfect its aged glory, nonetheless skill previous it. Mr. Schue additionally grew to change into a form-of dad figure to the students of the community whereas dealing alongside with his receive relationship drama on the aspect, including his (now ex) spouse faking a being pregnant and his feelings for his coworker Emma.
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Now: Matthew Morrison
Tackle just a few of his costars, earlier than joining the expose, Matthew turned into most attention-grabbing identified for his roles on Broadway, and his performance in The Light within the Piazza earned him a Tony nomination.
After Glee, Matt released his receive studio album earlier than returning to Broadway as J.M. Barrie within the musical version of Finding Neverland. In 2019, he shimmed his skill over to the U.Ok. where he turned into a dance captain for two seasons on the actuality opponents expose The Biggest Dancer. He later teamed up with Ryan Murphy all over all all over again for the ninth season of American Alarm Fable, and most lately, Matt starred because the Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical on NBC.
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Then: Cory Monteith
Because the quarterback of the football team, Finn Hudson turned into The Man at William McKinley and began the expose as half of the Finn-Quinn vitality couple. However, his rising feelings for Rachel, and you know, the proven truth that his lady friend cheated on him and received pregnant, led Finn and Rachel to later grew to change into the most talked-about Gleek couple.
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Now: Cory Monteith
Canadian actor Cory Monteith joined Glee as Finn Hudson after plenty of juvenile roles in TV and film. Cory battled addiction his total existence, and after an intervention by his Glee solid contributors, he checked himself into rehab in 2013. But perfect just a few months later, Cory died of an accidental overdose.
Following the tragedy, the expose paid tribute to Cory all the intention through an episode on season 5, and Glee creator Ryan Murphy informed The Hollywood Reporter that they never no doubt thought to be retaining the Finn personality with one other actor. Since then, many contributors of the solid indulge in persisted to celebrate Cory’s existence by wishing him jubilant birthday each and each year, and Lea Michele (his lady friend on the time of his passing) has tattoos of each and each his personality’s name and his jersey number, in step with Leisure Weekly.
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Then: Chris Colfer
Kurt Hummel turned into thought to be one of the main breakout characters from the expose from its premiere. The neatly-liked joyful scholar is mechanically bullied for his sexuality, and on the time, turned into thought to be one of the main main straight forward LGBTQ characters on community television. Chris won a Golden Globe for the feature, which additionally landed him a self-discipline on the Time 100.
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Now: Chris Colfer
Story has it that Chris Colfer tried out for the phase of Artie on the expose, and whereas Ryan Murphy didn’t deem the young actor from Indianapolis turned into right for that phase, he turned into so impressed with Chris that he created the personality of Kurt for him, the LA Cases studies. And fans beloved him.
After Kurt’s dreams came right on Glee, Chris funneled his creativity into writing and starring in his receive film, Struck by Lightning, which debuted on the Tribeca Movie Pageant in 2012.
But this day, Chris is presumably most attention-grabbing identified for his Novel York Cases bestselling YA collection, Land of Tales. There are six books within the gathering in all, and it turned into launched in 2017 that Chris is working on (and can also honest tranquil relate) a film adaption of the gathering, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Then: Jane Lynch
Each and each expose has to indulge in a villain (even one about a glee membership in Ohio), nonetheless there are few who you take care of to hate as primary as Sue Slyvester. For the huge majority of the gathering, Sue antagonized contributors of the glee membership, particularly Mr. Schue, nonetheless she does indulge in her moments when she proves she’s no longer all contaminated, including when she votes for The Novel Directions to settle Regionals in season one.
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Now: Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch turned into a longtime actress earlier than donning Sue’s #iconic tracksuits and had roles in Christopher Visitor’s mockumentaries Ultimate In Level to and A Mighty Wind to boot to starring in The 40-Year-Primitive Virgin, Two and a Half Males and Legal Minds. Jane has 5 Emmys, two SAG Awards and a Golden Globe—and earned one Emmy and the Golden Globe for her work on Glee.
Jane has persisted headlining reveals and winning awards for the explanation that waste of the expose. The actress hosted six seasons of the NBC game expose Hollywood Sport Evening (which won her two Emmys for Famed Host For a Truth or Truth-Competition Program) and memorably starred as comedian Sophie Lennon on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (which won her one other Emmy).
On this level in time, that you simply would be able to rob Jane because the host of the reboot of The Weakest Link on NBC.
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Then: Naya Rivera
Santana Lopez began on the expose as a sidekick to transfer cheerleader Quinn Fabray and spy for Sue nonetheless grew to change into primary extra complicated when she developed feelings for her most attention-grabbing friend, Brittany. While she struggled alongside with her sexual identification for just a few seasons, by the tip of the gathering, Santana turned into out and proud and happily married to Brittany. (#Brittana forever)
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Now: Naya Rivera
The feature turned into a breakout one for Naya Rivera. The actress informed Advanced that she even kept her tubby-time nanny gig up unless the third episode of season one perfect in case things didn’t figure out. However, Santana turned into like a flash developed true into a main personality.
Six months after the tip of Glee, Naya gave starting up to her son Josey and, understandably, took a whereas off from appearing. However, she didn’t waste working fully; her book, Sorry No longer Sorry: Dreams, Errors, And Rising Up, which Buzzfeed describes as “phase coming-of-age story, phase megastar biography, phase Hollywood exposé, and phase self-lend a hand book,” turned into published a year later. The outlet additionally studies that she first had the premise to write when she co-hosted six episodes of The Glimpse from 2014-2015. Naya returned to the veil veil in 2017 with a feature within the YouTube Red collection Step Up: Excessive Water about a aggressive performing arts college in Atlanta.
In July 2020, the 33-year-usual’s existence turned into tragically decrease short when she died in a drowning accident in Lake Piru in California. Following the info of her death, her mates and co-stars shared tributes to the actress and Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan informed the press they had been “heartbroken” over the info, per CNN.
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Then: Amber Riley
Amber Riley proved herself as a drive to be reckoned with as Mercedes Jones. In season one, she takes on Rachel and ratings a solo at Sectionals and within the waste moves to California to spy at UCLA and characterize her first album at an indie ticket care for the talented songstress she is.
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Now: Amber Riley
Sooner than being solid as Mercedes Jones on Glee, Amber Riley tried her hand at getting notorious the honest usual usual skill, through actuality television. The actress as soon as tried out for American Idol nonetheless turned into rejected by producers, in step with Leisure Weekly, this skill that she didn’t even gain to narrate for the judges. (No notice on whether or no longer Simon Cowell has any regrets about that.)
About a months after Glee wrapped, Amber turned into lend a hand on TV starring in NBC’s are dwelling-motion version of The Wiz as Addaperle, the Beautiful Witch of the North. She then took her abilities in one other country and starred as Effie White within the U.Ok. debut of Dreamgirls on London’s West Discontinue. “Working on the West Discontinue is now a dream realized, I perfect no doubt feel care for here’s going to be something special!” Amber acknowledged in a press release on the time, in step with Leisure Weekly.
Amber turned into most lately lend a hand within the recording studio, and she or he released an EP, RILEY, in October 2020.
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Then: Dianna Agron
All over her time on the expose, Quinn Fabray balanced being a cheerleader and a member of The Novel Directions to boot to balancing relationships with Finn, Puck and Sam (and a one-evening stand with Santana). She is believed to be one of the main characters who graduates on the tip of season three, and when she tried to come her Cheerios uniform, Sue tells her to care for it.
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Now: Dianna Agron
Dianna Agron turned into the final actor to be solid for the gathering, and Ryan Murphy informed Rolling Stone that the feature of Quinn Fabray, head cheerleader and judgemental queen bee who starts off the expose with just a few beautiful mountainous secrets and ways, turned into initially intended to be even meaner nonetheless that conception changed when Dianna nabbed the feature.
“When we solid Dianna as Quinn, she ruined the phase for me,” Ryan acknowledged. “…she humanized it. She will be able to cry on the tumble of a hat. So now her personality has a judgment of true and unsuitable, a soul and big vulnerability.”
After season three, Dianna made the occasional appearance on the expose, including the relaxation episode, nonetheless left to pursue rather just a few projects. She starred within the film adaptation of the YA collection I Am Quantity Four, and she or he made her West Discontinue debut in McQueen, a play in step with the existence of vogue designer Alexander McQueen.
Dianna returned to singing with a residency at Cafe Carlyle in Novel York City in 2019, performing songs from the ’60s and ’70s. “You’re going to also uncover that it is a home for music fanatics. And there’s the intimacy of it,” she informed Parade. “I care for in recount to stare each and each face within the room and craft a expose that is queer to the home. It permits for the kind of music that I wished to gain.”
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Then: Mark Salling
Noah Puckerman would gladly gain on the title of the contaminated boy of the glee membership. All over his time at McKinley, Puck threw extra than his dazzling fragment of slushies and students into the dumpster. While he initially joined The Novel Directions to be closer to Quinn when she unearths she’s pregnant alongside with his shrimp one, he within the waste realizes that he enjoys singing and additionally within the waste, his on-all all over again, off-all all over again relationship with Quinn becomes on-all all over again. After Finn’s death, Puck made up our minds to join the Air Force in his honor.
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Now: Mark Salling
Sooner than joining the expose, Mark Salling had just a few juvenile roles and dabbled in music, and he released an album, Pipe Dreams, in 2010.
His time on Glee stays the feature for which Mark Salling is most neatly-identified. Two years after the gathering ended, Mark turned into arrested on suspicion of possessing shrimp one pornography and turned into later charged, in step with The Hollywood Reporter. He pleaded guilty, and a month he turned into to be sentenced, Mark took his receive existence, Of us reported on the time.
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Then: Jenna Ushkowitz
Tina Cohen-Chang began out in The Novel Directions beautiful timid, nonetheless care for diverse contributors, her time within the membership helped her change into extra confident. While a community of McKinley students heads off to Novel York after graduation, Tina enrolls at Brown University.
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Now: Jenna Ushkowitz
About a of Jenna Ushkowitz’s first costars had been muppets and monsters (she did three seasons of Sesame Avenue) earlier than making her Broadway debut within the 1996 performance of The King and I and turned into performing in Spring Awakening when Ryan Murphy and his team had been casting for Glee.
Jenna has taken on rather just a few projects since her time on Glee. She turned into within the Hollywood Bowl manufacturing of Hair and Waitress on Broadway and won a Tony for producing the revival of As soon as on This Island. Jenna additionally helped to learned Kindred, a foundation fascinated about serving to adoptees and their families (Jenna herself turned into adopted from South Korea). As if that wasn’t enough, she additionally co-based mostly a digital media firm, At Will Media, that affords in-home manufacturing for podcasts, including her podcast with costar Kevin McHale.
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Then: Kevin McHale
Loveable Artie Abrams is never no doubt one to let being in a wheelchair waste him from pursuing his dreams, including joining the McKinley Excessive football team. After graduation, he moves to Novel York to spy on the Brooklyn Movie Academy nonetheless tranquil finds the time to lend a hand Brittany and Santana conception their wedding in season six.
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Now: Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale had his receive little taste of reputation earlier than joining Glee. He and his band NLT (No longer Tackle Them) opened for the Pussycat Dolls in 2007, in step with the Cases Union, plus, he grew up taking singing classes from the equivalent trainer as some rather just a few notorious names, he informed D Journal (care for Ashlee Simpson, Ryan Cabrera and future Glee guest big name Demi Lovato).
After Glee, Kevin persisted to work in TV and film, including hosting British comedy panel expose, Virtually Famed, and starring within the independent film Boychoir. He and aged co-big name Jenna Ushkowitz additionally host a podcast together, Showmance, that affords listeners a BTS-spy on the making of an episode of Glee each and each week.
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Then: Heather Morris
Basically the most attention-grabbing one-liners on the expose indulge in to head to Brittany S. Pierce, fingers down. Shall we yell, “My cat’s been reading my diary.” Or gain, “This room appears to be like care for that one on the spaceship where I received probed.” But despite in most cases coming off as ditzy and having to repeat her senior year due to a 0.0 GPA (hey, things happen), she receives early admission to MIT. But when the college adjustments her too primary, or no longer it is nothing that a discuss over with lend a hand to Ohio and an emotional duet alongside with her then ex-lady friend and future spouse Santana can not repair.
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Now: Heather Morris
Heather Morris’s dance occupation began long earlier than she joined the solid of Glee, and no doubt, it turned into her dancing skills that landed her the phase. Ability lend a hand in 2006, Heather tried out for So You Accept as true with You Can Dance nonetheless turned into decrease earlier than making it to the are dwelling reveals of the season. However, she landed an primary extra impressive different as a lend a hand-up dancer for Beyonce on her world tour, and she or he turned into first prompted to Glee to coach the solid the “Single Girls folks” dance, Refinery 29 studies. Producers had been tranquil buying for one extra cheerleader for the expose, and the relaxation, as they yell, is ancient previous.
Heather persisted to focal level on dancing after the gathering ended. She turned into a megastar contestant on season 24 of Dancing With The Stars, which caused some drama since she turned into already, you know, a talented dancer. But either skill, Heather ended up most attention-grabbing making it to the sixth week.
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Then: Harry Shum Jr.
Brittany positively secured the title of Ultimate Dancer on the ladies aspect, nonetheless for the boys, that honor would mosey to Mike Chang, despite the proven truth that it is printed that he hasn’t informed his other folks that he likes to dance. Things invent figure out for Mike, despite the proven truth that, and he enrolls at Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance after graduation.
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Now: Harry Shum Jr.
As that you simply would be able to doubtlessly wager, Glee wasn’t Harry Shum Jr’s first dancing gig. Sooner than joining the expose, he turned into in Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D and turned into no doubt a form of dancing silhouettes within the classic iPod commercials, Leisure Weekly studies.
Harry has persisted to act and dance. including landing a main feature on Freeform’s Shadowhunters and a guest-starring feature on Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. You’re going to additionally be ready to rob him within the upcoming Crazy Prosperous Asians sequels, in step with Vox.
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Then: Darren Criss
Enact you imagine when Darren Criss helped write and starred in A Very Potter musical on the University of Michigan (afterward hand on YouTube) that he knew it will per chance perchance well presumably result in a feature on a success TV expose?
Darren joined the expose in season two as Blaine Anderson, a member of The Dalton Academy Warblers who within the waste transfers to McKinley Excessive (which additionally, conveniently, is where his future boyfriend and eventual husband, Kurt, goes to college). After graduation, he moves to NYC to befriend NYADA alongside Kurt and Rachel.
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Now: Darren Criss
In between filming for Glee, Darren regarded on Broadway in How To Succeed in Industry Without In actuality Attempting and because the title personality in Hedwig and the Offended Hasten.
In 2017, this time after Glee, he teamed up with Ryan Murphy all all over again (sensing a theme here yet?) for American Crime Fable‘s 2nd season that fascinated in regards to the death of Gianni Versace, a feature that earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe. You’re going to also additionally rob him in Ryan’s collection Hollywood, which turned into released on Netflix in 2020.
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Then: Chord Overstreet
It would no longer gain long after joining the community for Sam Evans to change into the new heartthrob of The Novel Directions. He makes utilize of that enormous name vitality to pursue a modeling occupation in Novel York, nonetheless after things didn’t mosey rather as deliberate, he returned to McKinley to change into the assistant coach of the football team and within the waste becomes the director of The Novel Directions.
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Now: Chord Overstreet
When Chord Overstreet joined the solid in season two, it turned into his first predominant feature, and when it turned into launched that he turned into being downsized to an occasional guest big name for season three, fans began a campaign the utilize of #DontCutTheChord, despite, as TVLine studies, Chord left the expose in repeat to pursue his music occupation. He has since released an EP and a handful of singles.