What would Sue Sylvester say?
In her new book Brunette Ambition, Lea Michele talks growing up, fame, and her difficult past year. But she also shares some Glee gossip that would have been quite the big deal in 2010: According to Michele, she dated co-star Matthew Morrison (who plays Glee Club choir director turned insufferable high school student wannabe Will Schuester) for a hot minute years ago – back when they were both working on Broadway, and the Fox dramedy was but a glimmer in Ryan Murphy’s eye.
“When we shot the pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time,” Michele writes in the book, according to Us Weekly. “I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we’d actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat.”
A “Broadway beat” doesn’t sound very long – the “relationship” seems more ”we made out at a party once” than ”this is my boyfriend.” Still, it’s funny to hear Michele cop to a quick romance now. Gleeks will remember that before Michele and Monteith became an off-screen item, the going rumor was that Michele and Morrison were a secret couple – which the two always denied in the early years of the show. (To save you from looking it up, their pairing is not as scandalous as their characters may lead you to believe: Morrison is only eight years older than Michele.)
In any case, this is just another item to add to the growing list of Things On Glee Inspired By Real Life. Here are two songs from way back in season 1, when Rachel had a crush on Will for a hot second. Enjoy below – and ponder what the duo’s conversations were like on set that day.
In related news, who wants to join my Kickstarter to raise funds for a Glee tell-all, written by the entire cast?