Catching Up With Mike O'Malley


By Phillip B. Crook

Do you have any speculation for Kurt's much-anticipated love interest this season?
I don't know how they're going to write it but that's a whole new frontier. It'll be interesting. Sex education in this country is about prevention of STDs and prevention of pregnancy. Any parent or educator that says it's about anything different is not telling the truth. If people really wanted kids to have sex, they'd give them a manual on how to do it well.

Like, instructions?
Yeah. Can you imagine if part of a class was like, 'We're so glad you kids are having sex now. It's a beautiful, wonderful thing. So, we're going to show you a couple diagrams, a few videos, maybe focus on these areas'' But they don't. It's messy to people. They don't want to think about their kids as sexual beings, so I'm sure it's going to come up this season. It's rich material.

Were there any Kurts in your high school?
Was there anybody out in my high school? No. I went to an all-boys Catholic high school. There were a couple of brothers who were out.

Brothers? Oh, you mean'
No, there weren't. I'm joking. I went to high school from `80 to `84 so we were just turning the corner on even being aware.

Finally, if Burt and Kurt did a father-son duet, what would it be?
It would be great it we found out that Burt was in a barbershop quartet. My father's been in a barbershop quartet since the early `70s. There's a whole underbelly of Americana that is barbershop quartet. It needs to be exposed.

And you think Glee should tackle that?
Why shouldn't it? One of the things that I think has been awesome about Glee is that it also shows to a lot of teens that their parents are fully human with their own struggles and emotions. Getting people to get along -- parents and children, people in communities -- getting people to understand one another and become more tolerant, it does have an impact.

The premiere of the second season of Glee airs September 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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