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Lea Michele & Glee Cast Members React To Intense Shooting Episode!

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Thursday evening's episode of Glee included a disturbing, heart-wrenching sequence where gunshots are heard within McKinley High School…

And while some, including various residents of Newtown, CT, are upset about certain aspects of the episode, it seems that Glee's own gleeks are seemingly happy about how the whole thing went down!

Lea Michele (Rachel) — who wasn't actually in the episode — tweeted:

While Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) expressed:

"At first I was a little shocked that we were actually going to go there, because it’s just something that is very touchy as of late. I was nervous and excited all at the same time that we were actually going to do something so big and with such an impact on something so real."

Jacob Artist (Jake) saw the contentious subject matter as a great acting challenge. He recently shared:

"I think most of us can agree that shooting this episode and those really heavy scenes when we’re in the choir room, those were some of our favorites. Because it was such a change from what we’re normally used to and I think it kind of took a direction on the show that we were genuinely excited to approach as actors. So I think this episode is probably my favorite as an actor."

But how did Lauren Potter (Becky) feel about portraying someone who brings a gun to school?! How did she feel about the entire episode?

Well, Lauren was reportedly scared at first, but her mamma reveals:

"Some of the stuff that Fox is hearing is, 'Why would Becky be the one to bring the gun to school?' They're dealing with controversy over that and, 'Why would you have this on 'Glee' because it's a glee club?' But I think that's the answer, really. Because it is a high school glee club and it is in the news every day. The shootings are still fresh in all of our minds. If Becky's going to be fully included on the show — which they've done such a good job about that and giving her these juicy stories — then why not Becky?

Whether she has Down syndrome or not, it doesn't matter … Why wouldn't it be somebody with Down syndrome because she's a kid. She's a teenager. She makes stupid decisions just like other teenagers do."

If you have yet to see the episode — even if you're NOT a fan of Glee — it's definitely worth a watch simply to see the interesting way in which showrunner Ryan Murphy handles such a sensitive subject.

And on a lighter note…

Ch-ch-check out some pics of Rachel singing the song that started it all AKA Journey's Don’t Stop Believin’ from next week's episode (below)!

[Image via FOX.]

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17 comments to “Lea Michele & Glee Cast Members React To Intense Shooting Episode!”

  1. Chandler02 says – reply to this


    It is pretty selfish of Jacob to say that he was glad to do this because it was challenging as an actor…who cares if people whose children have been recently killed get hurt in the process of your artistic enlightenment, right? Jerk! Newtown happened only MONTHS ago for f sake.

  2. 2

    I'm sick of the Stepford, I mean Newtown people, most of the time they are smiling they are ghoulish. I'm sorry if Newtown really did happen but no one will take my constitutionally protected rights away because they are SCARED.

  3. 3

    Re: shaygirl1309 – WTF is wrong you?

  4. Damian WHite says – reply to this


    I'm sorry but that was by FAR the worst executed episode to date. This show has had some amazing episodes and some pretty bad and cheesy ones, but the storyline on this one was so erratic, it had no cohesiveness, the plot was silly, and not once did it address any issues regarding gun violence. if anything it was an excuse for Jane Lynch to bow out of the series, and a pitiful one at that. I do not believe for a second that Sue Sylvester would jeopardize her career and child for a girl she has a strong affinity for. Meanwhile we did not even see Becky's reaction after the fact. Something the writer should have DEFINITELY included. That being said, there were some good acting scenes, especially in the chorus room, but even that did not create a good and watchable episode. FAIL.

  5. WickT says – reply to this


    Re: shaygirl1309 – AMEN!

  6. Emmy299 says – reply to this


    If there was no Bram, then maybe I would have liked this episode. This show is going to be cancelled if they keep refusing to show fans what they want

  7. Grace-C says – reply to this


    where the f*ck is BRITTANA??? Glee shouldn't handle serious storylines, stick to being a comedy and bring back our fav couples, KLAINE and BRITTANAAAA!!

  8. fbjohnnie2003 says – reply to this


    I'm kinda still mouth opened to the floor at this episode. I think its way to soon, out of character for Glee, and will have repercussions to follow. Glee creator Ryan Murphy is rumored to still be deciding the fate of Glee since he has made no announcement to studios to want to continue. He has New Normal, American Horror Stories, and now producing a show for HBO adult themed. I dont know if this was his way of asking for an out with the network. I dont want to see Glee end. However, they should of never did a show touching on this subject. Its not just about Newton school shooting.

  9. 9

    I thought it was in poor taste and boring to boot. This show is way past it's expiration date.

  10. 10

    Wow. The reason why it was bogus that they chose Becky to shoot the gun was because they did so to emphasize that guns are only dangerous when in the hands of the mentally ill. Down Syndrome does not represent the mental illnesses of gunmen who shoot up schools. DS is a genetic condition. And Becky has always been portrayed with kindness and a little sass, so to make that connection by exploiting her and her condition is reprehensible.

    Speaking of exploitation, these kids were never in any harm. The shooting was an accident. There was no violence. So if their intention was to facilitate gun control conversations, they failed. What they did do was capitalize on victims' fear to manipulate their fans into bonding with new characters and contrived pairings. Clearly, Murphy wants to prolong the Lima side of the show, he's apparently clinging desperately and overstepped his bounds, not to mention, overestimated his relevance.

  11. hmmm says – reply to this


    i have never watched an episode of glee but shame on them. what a PATHETIC way to get viewers. as for the actors agreeing to this, they could have protested doing such a distasteful episode.

  12. 12

    Sounds more like they were exploiting a tragedy to try and boost their sagging ratings.

  13. Heaven says – reply to this


    We all have our own opinions but I thought the show was really good. It takes some amazing actors to be able to act like that. You may disagree but it was one of my favorite episodes of Glee, ever. And they didn't try to make Becky seem like the bad one just because she has downs syndrome. It was a very good episode.

  14. ricks says – reply to this


    I LOVE THIS EPISODE! It's just amazing and by far, my favourite one. Understand it, "Glee" is a DRAMATIC COMEDY. It was very powerful and it CAN happen in real life. And if you guys feel "offended", think about the gleek's, we feel the same way with your comments. I was starting to hate Glee few weeks ago, but this episode made me remind why I love this awesome show.

  15. hatersgonnahate says – reply to this


    Re: Chandler02 – Actually, it was very intense, it is a hard work to do it as well as he did. I feel proud of the cast and show.

  16. DK says – reply to this


    FOX literally aired a very unambiguous warning about the episode's content every single ad break. If people think it is too soon and that FOX shouldn't have aired it, they should remember that everyone watching knew full well what the episode was about.

  17. ShouldBeStudying101 says – reply to this


    I thought this episode was so emotional - a great improvement from past episodes. Shows like Glee should show the seriousness of shootings and gun violence, and teach kids from an early age how it can impact people. They should have done more connecting to other world issues.
    Sorry to say it, but I think that Gleeks will be the only fandom to see their show come to an end.