SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE LATEST EPISODE OF GLEE!!! We didn’t see that coming (well I kinda did since I watched the episode last week but whatevs)!! Glee’s latest episode, “Yes/No”, not only ended with Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) getting engaged during an epic synchronized-swimming number but also the more shocking twist of Finn (Cory Monteith) proposing to Rachel (Lea Michele)! What’s gonna happen next? Will she say yes? How long were they in that pool? EW talked to Monteith about the major episode and cleared up whether or not he’ll be back in season 4.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Finn proposed to Rachel! Were you surprised when you read the script?
CORY MONTEITH: We were floored. I knew it was coming but I didn’t know it was gonna be that much of a cliff-hanger. And the way that it was shot and directed, he gets down on one knee but you don’t even know if he’s proposing. You just don’t see it coming.
Does Rachel give him an answer in the next episode?
She sure does.
Is it a good answer?
She gives him an answer in the form of a song.
Is it a happy song?
[Laughs] I don’t know, man. It’s one of my favorites.
So is next week Finn and Rachel dealing with the aftermath of this?
Yeah, it’s sort of sandwiched into the Michael [Jackson] episode.
Ah so does Rachel answer with a Michael Jackson song?
[CUE TIM TRYING TO MENTALLY SCAN JACKO’S CATALOG FOR SONG’S INVOLVING THE WORDS “YES” OR “NO”]
How was it, filming the proposal for you and Lea?
Lea is one of my best friends and we’ve been doing this for so long. These characters are such a big part of our lives. These characters absolutely changed our lives. So to have it cumulate into that one moment is very powerful for both of us. We both got like chills. It was really weird. After he said Cut, we both were getting, like, hot flashes. It was really weird, man. For some part of my little psyche, it was actually happening.
You were both going through menopause.
I know. Menopausal Finn and Rachel. It was so f—ing intense.
What did you think about the twist with Finn’s father not being the war hero? That was a pretty emotional scene for you.
The challenge is always to keep it real. You gotta fall somewhere between giving the best performance for myself as an actor and then kind of giving the best performance that is realistic to what Finn would do. Finn doesn’t wanna go there. He’s the typical boy that sorta doesn’t wanna cry in front of people and doesn’t really wanna go through that. It was kind of finding the balance.
I think the “We Found Love” number was one of your best ever.
It was a jerk to shoot, lemme tell ya. It was a pain in the ass. But it turned out really, really well.
Just because you were in water that long?
Yeah, we were in and out of the pool all day. They had to keep the doors open because there was a humidity issue and it was really cold. At one point, I just elected to stay in the pool because if you stay in you kinda don’t get cold when you get out. So I was in the pool for probably about three hours without coming out of it. I was pretty freakin’ pruney, man.
There’s been all this talk about season 4. At TCA, it wasn’t entirely clear if you were coming back. What can you say about season 4?
I’m not entirely clear on who is graduating and who is not, but I know that I am graduating and will be on the show for season 4. It’s been such a great ride. I think there’s still stuff to be uncovered with Finn. His story line has not quite run its course yet so I’m happy to come back and do that.
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