Gleeks, are you okay? How are you dealing? Need a tissue yet?
While we are SUPER sad for tonight’s show, we are also really excited for Gloria Estefan’s debut as Santana’s mom, Maribel!!
Though she doesn’t sing in the episode, Gloria hopes to come back to the show next season and show the choir kids just how it’s done!
Estefan, who says she and her son are big Gleeks themselves, visited the set one day, which led to Ryan Murphy offering her the role of Mrs. Lopez!!
Gloria spilled some details on her character in a recent interview, saying:
"[She] loved to sing and was a singer and put her life on hold because she thought being a mom was very important so she wants Santana to make it through. She’s supportive of her daughter. She just wants her to be happy—bottom line. I know the feeling because my daughter is getting ready to do her last year of high school and she’s gonna do a summer program. It’s the first time we’re all going to be separated. I’m there! It was a very hard thing for me to imagine.”
Gloria’s daughter even came on set to watch the shoot, along with her dad, who admits he got choked up while watching the scenes!
On tonight’s finale, Mrs. Lopez also shares some scenes with Santana’s GF, Brittany — one which Gloria considers to be “poignant” as well as one that’s fun AND scary.
As for Gloria’s thoughts about
Santana Naya? She’s a fan and thinks she’s super sweet and “fun to be around.”
Estefan is such a huge supporter of Glee, partly for its ability to entertain and help us use it as escapism.
The singer/actress stated:
"You couldn’t have done this before because we were all too cheeky back in the ‘80s and ‘90s and would have snubbed our noses at something so whimsical. Now, people need it! It’s fun. Great music. My favorite so far was One Less Bell to Answer/House is Not a Home.”
We SO agree!
We have no doubt in our minds that Mz. Estefan will do AHmazingly tonight and we really do hope she'll appear next season…with a singing solo, too!
[Image via Fox.]