LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After her much talked about appearance on hit TV musical “Glee” last month, Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise her role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday, which she said has given her a new, younger group of fans.
“It was great fun,” Paltrow told Reuters of doing the show the first time around. “The other day I was in Chicago doing this movie ‘Contagion.’ I was in my trailer, which was in a parking lot by a school, and there were these young girls who were like, ‘Oh my God, you were on ‘Glee!’”
Paltrow said the girls were “literally on the floor” making bowing motions with their hands toward the actress.
“I was like, this is hilarious!” she said.
On the November 16 episode of the show, Paltrow sang a cover version of rapper Cee Lo’s “Forget You” and a mash-up of the classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with castmember Matthew Morrison.
After the show aired, Cee Lo publicly praised Paltrow for her version of his song. The two have never met, but the actress said she has “always wanted to meet him.”
“I love his music, and I’m such a fan,” she said.
Paltrow also wants to ask the rapper a specific question dealing with her dad, Bruce Paltrow, a director and producer who died in 2002 of complications from cancer and pneumonia.
“Cee Lo’s (first) record with Gnarls Barkley was called ‘St. Elsewhere,’ which was the name of my dad’s show,” said Paltrow. “I’ve always wondered — you know, you kind of grasp at any connection to your deceased parent that you love. So, I wonder if there’s any connection there, or if he just liked the name.”
After making her career in movies, going back to TV with “Glee” proved to be a joy. “I adored it,” she said.
Details of her next episode were being kept quiet, but her newfound fans still have plenty of Paltrow to anticipate.
The Academy Award winning actress takes on country singing in her upcoming feature “Country Strong.”
Editing by Bob Tourtellotte