Catching Up With Matthew Morrison


By Phillip B. Crook

I know you don't control these things, but all I'm saying is an Elton John episode of Glee would be pretty awesome.
I'm pushing for it.

You're performing on Ellen next month, and last time you were there she gave you her signature Ellen undies. Do you wear them?
They're pretty big on me. They're all extra-large, so maybe next time they'll get it right.

How could she not know your size? She showed that picture of you in your underwear from Broadway Bares.
It took me by surprise that she did that, but it was the first time I got to explain the pictures and what Broadway Bares was. If I would I have known back then that those pictures would cause so much craziness, I don't know'

Can you still participate in the Broadway Bares now that you're so well known?
I'm a big supporter and still participate in anything that Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS does, but I don't think I can do that anymore.

What was it like to live out your stripper's fantasy?
[Laughs] It was exhilarating. People don't know this, but everyone is nervous about going out there, so everyone's backstage getting drunk -- kind of easing the nerves a little bit. I didn't think of it as a strip show. It's a performance. And the audience is so into it. They're all drunk, too. It's a fun show to be a part of.

Well, Glee's basically the gayest show on TV right now'
No, it's the gayest show on TV.

...OK, but before that you were also on another gay gay gay show, Sex and the City. What's your best memory from the set?
I had one line with Sarah Jessica Parker. I was in this little scene as a bus boy and I said something like, 'Is anyone going to be joining you?' We were shooting it at a storefront that they made look like an outdoor caf'. It's not even a great memory, but after I said my line, I had to hide in the little storefront -- because it looked like I was going into the restaurant -- but if you look back you can see my reflection in the window. You just see me standing there, like a ghost, just hanging out. That's my big story.

Coming from a Broadway background where it's live theater and moving into TV, do you now watch yourself?
I watch every episode of Glee once, and some of them twice, but that's as much as I do. I have a hard time watching myself back, because I'm very nit-picky. I tear myself apart. But it's a learning process. When I look back, I fix things and it helps me evolve as a television actor.