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Q. Let me ask you, from the start of the competition,
did you feel like you were ready for Glee or did that evolve?
Blake Jenner: I mean, it definitely evolved. I mean, I think
from the beginning we all felt like amateurs, you know, I
definitely did, you know, and I learned a lot through singing
as the competition went on. So I definitely feel like it evolved.
Like, once I hit, I think, the middle of the second half of
competition, I think then, like, we all felt like we were,
like, getting to that point where we all felt ready for Glee.
Q. Well, how much of a risk did you feel you were taking by reading
the poem at the end?
Blake Jenner: I mean, it was a - I think it was a risk because it was either a hit or miss.
Like, that was the last chance I had to show Ryan who I was and that there were
different levels of me. Not just through the poem but just, like, in general. Like, that
poem is just the start of the levels of me that he could see eventually. And it was
either hit or miss, I think. It was either the poem was going to work or the was
going to flop so, I mean, I definitely thought it was a risk going in but it was the
last chance that I had and I was totally going to take it.
Q. And just one last question for you, now that itís over, what do you feel is your
biggest breakthrough moment on the show?
Blake Jenner: I think my biggest breakthrough moment on the show I think was - I think ďActabilityĒ. I think,
you know, for myself because thatís my favorite episode of everything, ďActabilityĒ because we all did, like,
a - I think we all did a great job as, like, a unit, you know, getting the right emotions, like, displayed and all
that stuff. But, I think that ďActabilityĒ is definitely a standout moment for me because I got to show, you
know, my roots. I got to show, like, what, you know - because everybody else had studies music
throughout their whole lives but Iíd studied acting. So I got to show what Iíve been showing. So, yes, I
definitely think ďActabilityĒ.
Q. Can you describe for me that moment when Ryan said you were the winner? Like, what was going through your minds?
Blake Jenner: Oh, man. It was honestly - I couldnít even think. I couldnít breathe. My mind was racing. I honestly did not think
I was going to win. I thought that I had - fought until the end but I honestly thought that the two girls next to me - they had stories
that you could see right when you look at them. Like, you know, just by looking at them youíll see their stories and youíll see
how their storylines could play out. Mine, youíd really, like, have to get in depth but I honestly thought they were going to win.
And when I said my - I was getting ready to turn to them and, like, hug them because I thought for sure they were going to
win and when he said my name, I couldnít even, like, think because it was just like a dream come true. Like, this is something
that Iíve been working towards since my first acting class when I was really, really young.
I mean, I just canít explain it. It was better - the best feeling that Iíve ever had. I mean, when I jumped I think I almost flew out
of happiness because I got really, really high. But, I was just amazing and the best moment of my life, honestly.
Q. Do you know anything about the character youíre playing? Is there anything you can tell us?
Blake Jenner: I have no idea at all and I think that itís going to be a surprise to everyone including myself because I have no idea at
all. The only thing that I know is that Ryan tweeted the night of the finale it said, ďOh, who will The Glee Project 2 winner be?
Writing such a great role for the winner and just wait until you see who they are dating.Ē And when I saw it, I was like whoa,
who am I going to be dating. So the only thing that I know is that Iím possibly dating someone, so thatís really, really exciting,
but I know nothing else.
Q. What song would you like to song on the show?
Blake Jenner: Iíd love to sing, like, ďThe Way You Make Me FeelĒ by Michael Jackson. Iíd love to, like, dance out that song
because thatís the type of dancing that I grew up with, is watching Michael Jackson and loving his music. And also, like a Gavin
DeGraw song. Iíd love to do ďNot Over YouĒ or a song by my favorite band, The Cab. So those top - those three choices for
sure. Hopefully (unintelligible) a song by one of those guys.
Q. You guys all seemed to get really close during the show, do you still keep in touch with the other contestants.
Blake Jenner: Oh, yes, yes, yes, I talk to Michael a lot. I talk to Abraham a lot. I talk to Nellie a lot. Everybody, I think is -
for the most part, everyoneís living in Los Angeles, so weíre right by each other now. So, Lily just moved out, like yesterday
she officially got here. And, yes, weíre all keeping in touch, for sure.
Q. Whatís the most important thing that you took away from the whole experience?
Blake Jenner: I think the most important thing that I took away from the whole experience, and this is something that I always
told myself to keep in mind, but throughout this experience I actually used it was, definitely never to get negative and always
stay - like, just go with the positive because every week, I mean, I just had faith. And no matter how bad things were getting
or no matter how, like, bad I was at certain points or something if I was going through a hard time, I just had to stay focused
and just stay positive, you know.
And, like, believe in your mind that, you know, and trust yourself as youíre doing, like, each activity, like the homework
assignment or the music video or even the last chance performance. Like, just trust yourself, trust your moves and just
allow yourself to break through. Definitely, thatís what I took from this experience.
Q. You talked a little bit about the poem you read and how you thought it was a risk, did you think that reading that poem
put you over the top and gave you the win?
Blake Jenner: I mean, I think didnít anything in that moment. I mean, watching it, Iím just glad that I did it because win or
lose I feel like it showed me, you know. It finally gave me a chance, you know, not just to perform but it also gave me a
chance to just be me in front of them and gave me a chance. You know, because most of the time, youíre getting questions,
you know, when you just finished a song. Youíre getting some questions before they say okay, thank you.
But this time I actually got a chance to speak my mind and, you know, they asked me if I had any last minute words and I
was like, yes and I wrote something. So, Iím really glad that I did it because I do feel like it helped, but I think win or lose,
it just showed me for the world to see and to just know exactly who I am and what Iíve been through. So...
Q. Right. And I know you donít know what youíre Glee part is going to be but do you have sort of a dream character that
youíd like to play on Glee?
Blake Jenner: I mean, Iíd love to be, like, a, you know, like, a leader for the choir room and just to - Iíd love to be on the
football team, thatíd be amazing. But, Iíd love to be in the choir room and Iíd love to be that go to guy for everyone. But
Iíd also be that - love to be that guy that, you know, heís there for everyone but heís also got some stuff - some skeletons
in his closet, you know.
Heís also got some stuff in his life going on that he just doesnít want to open up because heís so used to being there for
everyone but heís not used to having someone - have to vent to someone. So Iíd love to have - be that guy whoís there
for everyone but heís got something going on in his life that secretly, you know, you donít know whatís going on but
eventually they boil up and then people just have to accept - like, to help him - to final help him after heís helped everyone.
Q. Right. Thatíd be great. What do you think it is that Ryan Murphy saw in you that made him pick you?
Blake Jenner: I mean, I think in me, Ryan Murphy just saw - I donít know. I mean, he had told me, you know, obviously,
theyíd say oh, they said oh, I enjoyed - I appreciate you leading man quality and your leadership. So I think Ryan saw
that in me. I think he saw that Finn is leaving and he needs - he doesnít need Finn. Like, he doesnít need a Finn number
two, but he - but I think he thought that might need someone of that, like a branch of that. You know, like, maybe
someone who has the same type of feel. Like, you know heís there for everyone.
But, I mean, he mightíve seen that I would be able to do my best to adapt to anything, like, if they were to give me a script
with a really heave thing. Like, if someone would have died or something like - or something really heavy is going on in my
life, I think he saw - especially through ďActabilityĒ (unintelligible) - I think he saw that I would want to do that. Like, I wouldnít
be afraid to embody any character that they would give me. So, I think he saw that.
Q. So, which challenge was your - was the hardest challenge for you and which one was your favorite?
Blake Jenner: Oh, which challenge was hardest for me? I would say slushies because - Iím going to say two things. Two things
were the hardest, slushies because it felt like you were getting slapped by a snowman in the face and it was crazy. I mean, it was
so cold. When weíre getting slushied, I couldnít feel, like the left side of my body. Like, it was like the more I got slushied, the
more I went numb and it was crazy and it hurt.
But also, what was a little bit harder that I would take slushies over this is the obstacle course. And I think to some people it donít
look like much but the more we did it and with the sweat - these sweat suits we were wearing and all that stuff, like, you know, it
was intense. And I lost so much energy and by the time it was over I really felt like I was going to, like, faint because I had to,
like, chug waters and just, like relax. I couldnít even move. So, definitely those two.
Q. And then which one was your favorite?
Blake Jenner: Oh, my favorite? Itís definitely ďActabilityĒ, but I also loved the homework assignment during ďFearlessnessĒ with
the rap song. I really, really loved that and I had a lot of fun with that. That was probably the most fun homework assignment that
we ever got to do. But...
Q. Oh, that was...
Blake Jenner: ...ĒActabilityĒ for sure because - oh (unintelligible) ďActabilityĒ for sure as well because, I mean, I just love acting.
My passion is acting. When I got to do what I love to do most and it was a great time - best time.
Q. Well, it seemed like you had a lot of fun with those challenges.
Blake Jenner: Oh, say that one more time.
Q. It seemed like you had a lot of fun with those challenges.
Blake Jenner: Oh, yes, they were so fun. I think all of us had a great time. Like, it was - this is what it was like, it was hard because
we were away from our family and stuff but it was the best time of our lives, hands down. Like, Iíll never forget this (unintelligible)
and Iíll never want to trade it for anything.
Q. So what was it like seeing yourself on TV?
Blake Jenner: Oh, it was so weird. Each time I popped up I was like all right, donít be a douche bag, donít be a douche bag,
donít be a douche bad, donít be a douche bag because Iím just so afraid -- because, I mean, thereís interviews there that I
donít - because we had done so many interviews that I didnít even remember. And Iíd come up and Iíd just say these things
and Iím just, like, ooh, okay, okay. I was, like, you didnít say anything that makes you look like a douche, all right, cool.
Iím like, I donít want people to think Iím a douche. And then Iíd see myself, you know, Iíd see - you know, just looking at
myself, itís just weird. Itís so weird and I think we ran into a fan in New York the other day and itís funny because I used to
think the same things about people that I would watch on TV and she was like, oh my gosh, theyíre actually real people. Like,
theyíre real in person.
She was talking, like, the top five because we were in New York and I was just, like, I looked and Lily and I was like, thatís
exactly what I would say about people, like, if I ever saw them. Iíd be like, I cannot believe theyíre real. Like, I think - out in
Los Angeles Iíve seen like I walk past or Iíve seen them in the car, like, a few, like, actors and itís just, like, whoa. I mean,
Iíve watched your TV shows, Iíve watched your movies and youíre actually real. Thatís - they did not create you, thatís
insane. So it was really funny to have that woman say that.
Q. Thatís so funny. So, what made you audition in the first place?
Blake Jenner: Oh, I mean, what made me audition in the first place, first of all, I mean, I was auditioning a lot here in Los
Angeles but nothing was happening. It wasnít - I guess it wasnít - it just wasnít my time and I was just eating Ramen noodles
and, like, fighting to survive because Ramen, it doesnít - itís not - I donít think itís very, like, itís not something you want to east off
of. But I was living off it...
Blake Jenner: ...and it was - yes - and it was - I mean, I was losing weight and I was fighting to survive and, you know, I -
sometimes I had, like, $5 to my name, so Iíd use $2 for food at the dollar store and use $3 for gas and vice versa. Maybe Iíll use...
Q. Oh, my God.
Blake Jenner: $3 for food and $2 for gas, it was insane. But, when The Glee Project auditions came around, I thought it was so -
such, like, a lucky, like a great thing because, I mean, Iíd have to go in this audition and give it a short. And what really made we
want to audition was, you know, I - obviously, I had the biggest passion for acting. I love acting and itís been my one true since
I was a kid. But also the fact that the second that I watched Glee with my brother, you know, right when it came out years ago,
I loved it. I fell in love with it and I saw myself there.
I mean, I really wanted to be there with those guys and just tackle some issues that happened in high schools and I could relate to
everyone in (unintelligible). And especially, like Finn and Artie and, like, Blaine, all the - with all their faults and everything. I mean,
I just loved every character, so it was definitely my love for Glee and my passion for acting that definitely, like, drove me to
audition for The Glee Project for sure.
Q. I was just wondering what you think of people saying that youíll be kind of the replacement Finn next season?
Blake Jenner: Well, I donít think that thatís the truth at all. I mean, I think that, you know, Iíll be there and I hope that I can be,
like, you know, the go to guy in the choir room. But, I donít think Iíll be - nobody could ever replace any character on Glee, I
donít think. I donít think anybody could replace anybody. I think everybodyís their own and that character is there to stay,
whether theyíre on the episode or not or if their spiritís just in the choir room or anything.
So I donít think anybody could ever replace Finn. But, I donít think that - I mean, I hope - at least I hope that I can be that go
to guy in the choir room that everybody can, like, lean on if theyíre feeling sad or if they could vent to. But also, a guy that would
fight for their friends and, you know, really look out for them and also who - he has emptions too. Like, heís not perfect. Like,
heís got skeletons in his closet that, you know, that heís just so used to now, you know, getting into his self that he doesnít
have anyone to vent to.
He just allows - he just loves for people to vent to him but he has his own stuff going on. So you donít know what heís
going on at home, what his personal life is like and then eventually it comes out and you see that he is someone with faults
and vulnerabilities and sometimes he just, you know, wants to be alone because he, you know, he has things in his life that
So I definitely would love to be that go to guy but with different levels but different from Finn. You know, not the same guy
and I donít think anybody could replace Finn.
Q. Sounds pretty deep. But what if Ryan writes you a character thatís totally different from that? What if he writes you someone
that you think is really just the opposite of that kind of go to guy in the choir?
Blake Jenner: Oh, well I think itíd be amazing as well because I think the best part of acting is being able to play different characters.
Like, it - thatís the juice right there. I think thatís what everybody loves to do. I donít think anybody goes into acting only wanting to
play someone whoís like themselves.
I think actors love to play other characters and explore that character, explore that person that theyíre not like and study that person
and research that person and just embody that person on set. So, I would totally love it. I would love it if Ryan made me anybody.
I mean, if he gave me a completely different type of person, I would love it and I would do my best.
Q. Have you had a chance to meet any of the other actors yet?
Blake Jenner: Oh, on Glee?
Blake Jenner: I mean, I think the only people that - I mean, we all met them on the finale but Iíve spoken to a little bit - Iíve
spoken a little bit to Samuel and Damian just because weíve been at the same events for, like, The Glee Project a couple times.
Blake Jenner: And they have nothing but great advice and great tips. You know, theyíre the nicest guys and all they just say is just go
have fun, donít worry too much and just stay yourself. Thatís definitely one they said. They said, donít change and just go and be
yourself and have fun with everyone. And just have a good time and get everything done in an awesome way. So, I canít wait.
Q. Oh, cool. Thatís great to hear. Well, my question is kind of Broadway related because youíve been saying how acting is
really your true love and I know that thereís such a strong connection between Glee and Broadway. I was wondering if thatís
something that you aspire to as some point in your future, appearing either in live on stage, not necessarily Broadway but,
Blake Jenner: Oh, well, I mean, I did high school plays in, like, high school and middle school, so I love theatre. I love acting, I
love all aspects of acting but I think, you know, theatre and film and television theyíre all completely different beasts and I think
theatres amazing. So, I mean, I would never fight it. If I had an opportunity to be in a play in the future, oh, for sure or in
a musical, thatís even better because musicals are so fun. So I would definitely so that. I definitely see myself possibly, you
know, dipping my feet in those waters. Iíd love to do that.
Q. Thatís great. And, do you feel thatís going to be hard to bring the signing aspect into your acting career for Glee? Will
that be challenging for you?
Blake Jenner: No, I donít think Iíll be challenging now, because I mean, you know, the competitionís done and everybodyís
able to just be themselves and just to feel at ease and to feel calm, you know, the hard partís over. And...
Blake Jenner: ...I think that now itís, you know, itís going to be comforting being - thereís going to be people that are just willing to
work with me and when you get the right (unintelligible) and, you know, Iím going to be doing my absolute best. Iím going to be
fighting (unintelligible) get exactly what they want and exactly what they need. And I just feel like itís going to be very easy going
and Iím really, really excited about it. And Iím going to look into getting some - Iím going to look into some vocal lesson probably
just to get some breathing exercising down. But, for Glee, Iím so excited and I think itís all going to - just going to be good fun.
Q. So, you said that we didnít see a lot of your personal story as easily as Ali and Aylin. So what is one of the things that we
should know about your personal story that we didnít get to see on the show.
Blake Jenner: Iíve definitely gone through a lot. I mean, by looking at Ali, you know what sheís gone through and by looking at
Aylin you know what sheís gone through. But, with me, I mean, Iíve gone through a lot of hard times. You know, sometimes that
were tough on the family, sometimes there were tough in school. You know, I was bullied a lot in junior high and you wouldnít
know that by just looking at me and Iíve shed a lot of tears in my life. And I donít think you get to see my vulnerable side. So
Iíve had a lot of vulnerability - Iíve had a lot of vulnerable moments in my life, for use. Like, thatís number one.
Q. Okay, great. I really love the perfect trailer, your actability piece. And Iím wondering has there been any...
Blake Jenner: Oh, thatís my favorite one.
Q. Has there been any talk about turning that into a full-fledged movie, because I would be first in line.
Blake Jenner: Oh, well, me too. I would be there with you, weíd probably go together. Iíd be first in line with you. But, I
wish, I mean, that would be amazing. I know that a lot of fans have demanded that we create an actually move and that
would be amazing. I mean, I donít know if thatís going to happen, but that would a dream come true, I think, for all of us.
We would love to shoot a move about perfect - about that trailer. Oh, thatíd be amazing.
Q. Yes, Iím telling you, I would definitely be there. And I donít think...
Blake Jenner: Iíll be there too. Iíll get the popcorn and you get the Icees and weíll totally do it.
Q. Okay, definitely. And I wonít throw any at you. And I donít think you could ask...
Blake Jenner: Okay, please donít.
Q. ...for a better 20th birthday gift, since you birthdayís coming up in a couple of weeks. So how do you plan to
celebrate turning 20?
Blake Jenner: Well, Iím going to be visiting home from the 21st to the 26th. Iím going to be visiting Miami, so Iím going to be
there for - and then Iím going to come back to LA for the 27th for my birthday. But, itís going to be nice to, like, see my family.
So Iím definitely, definitely using that free time to go see my family , go see - go cut a cake maybe, just have fun with my family,
see my parents, see my brothers, see my dogs, everybody. And yes, I just canít wait. I think thatís definitely how Iím going to
celebrate my birthday, just being with the people that I love, for sure.
Q. So, what was it like keeping it on the down low when you were tweeting everybody but you knew what was happening
in the episodes?
Blake Jenner: Oh, I mean - you mean, like the secret of the show, like, that I won?
Blake Jenner: Oh, it was insane. I mean, it was crazy. Iíd tell everybody it looks like in Harry Potter when they donít say Voldemort,
thatís exactly how it was. And I think that it was just the biggest secret but I think we all knew - we all knew, it wasnít hard for us to
keep it a secret because we all knew how much we loved the show and how important it was for the show.
And we all knew it was just - it was taboo to, like, say anything. So we were all really, really good in that aspect.
But I think also, that it was really tough. It was tough for me not to tell my brothers. It was hard for me not to tell all of my family. It
was crazy and everybody - one of my best friends, (Russell), he was always calling me up. Heís in Virginia but he was always calling
me up saying, oh tell me, you won didnít you. Wait, you didnít. No, you didnít. Oh, man Iím sorry you didnít. Wait, did you. And he
was always, like, asking me question over question over question over question and it was just hard. I mean, I wish I couldíve told
everyone but also I just wanted to keep it a surprise for everyone because it was easy in some ways and then itís definitely hard in
Q. That sounds crazy to have to hold it to yourself.
Blake Jenner: Oh, yes, itís crazy.
Q. And then, what have you learned about yourself throughout the competition?
Blake Jenner: About myself Iíve learned that - I definitely learned to always - like I said before - just to always stay positive, definitely.
But, never second guess yourself, I think I learned that. And I also learned about myself that I donít - I definitely donít see myself as the
best singer at all.
I mean, I think Aylin and Ali were amazing but, I think, you definitely just have to have that confidence and I think I did my best to stay
confident, the most Iíve ever been, on The Glee Project. So I think confidence is really important and I think positivityís really, really
important. So, those are the two things that I learned definitely throughout this experience.
Q. Yes, they are very important. What other contestant did you connect the most with?
Blake Jenner: Oh, what other contestant did I - say that one more time?
Q. What other contestant did you connect the - have the most relationship with?
Blake Jenner: Oh, I think - oh, my gosh, itís such a hard decision but I definitely think I connected with Nellie and Michael and I talked to
Abraham a lot, so definitely Abraham, those three. I mean, I can talk to them about anything, you know, and theyíll give me their honest
opinions and they really do care and I love that about them.