"Glee" star Morrison learns to trust show writers

Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:28pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Matthew Morrison has been slusheed, serenaded, ridiculed, and cajoled into singing rap -- all in the service of "Glee."

But after a year on the hit musical TV show, the actor says he has learned to trust his writers.

Broadway star Morrison, 31, plays Will Schuester, Spanish teacher and leader of the struggling high school choir, in the quirky Fox comedy that has taken pop culture by storm.

The role has brought the singing, dancing actor an Emmy nomination, instant public recognition, and surprises every week in the form of new scripts from series creator Ryan Murphy and writers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

"Sometimes I cringe! (on first seeing my script)," Morrison told Reuters on Tuesday, as the complete first season "Glee" DVD was released.

"But I've learned to trust the writers. Ryan, Brad and Ian all know what they doing. Sometimes those cringe moments have turned out to be the most amazing things. The first time they asked me to rap on the show I was like, what?. But the cover version of (Kanye West's) 'Gold Digger' turned out to be great number and everyone loved it, so I completely have trust in them," Morrison said.

Morrison's wavy hair has also been the butt of numerous sarcastic quips from his "Glee" nemesis, scheming cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester (played by Emmy winner Jane Lynch).

As a teacher, Morrison usually manages to dodge the sticky slushee assaults carried out on the under-dog Glee club members by more popular high school students.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Matthew Morrison poses at the premiere of the second season of the television series "Glee" at Paramount studios in Los Angeles September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>