Heather Morris talks about her time again Glee, offering an explanation of why it took so many years for her and her co-stars to talk about Lea Michele’s supposedly toxic behavior on set.
In an episode of the podcast “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” that came out this week, Morris said that she and other members of the Glee cast “could have grown up and gone to Fox executives and told us how we feel about the situation. and nobody really did it ”.
“We now live in a culture where it’s acceptable to go about doing things like that, even though I think a lot of people were very scared,” he said. “I know, really, I didn’t feel like it was my place and I don’t know why, because I was a cast member like everyone else and we all deserve to feel comfortable on a set.”
Glee ended in 2015, but interest in what happened behind the scenes has increased over the years. It escalated last summer when many cast members began filing complaints against Michele.
In 2016, the late Naya Rivera wrote in her memoirs, Sorry Not Sorry, that the dynamics with Michele on set were less than ideal.
“If I had complained about someone or something, I would have assumed I was fucking him. He soon started ignoring me and finally got to the point where he didn’t say a word to me all season 6 Rivera wrote.
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Last summer, during protests against racial inequality and police brutality, Michele tweeted her support for Black Lives Matter. Glee alum Samantha Marie Ware answered, mentioning that Michele turned his time into the show a “living hell” and said the star had perpetrated “traumatic microaggressions.”
Other cast members, including Amber Riley and Dabier Snell, responded in solidarity to Ware, with Snell even saying: “Girl, you wouldn’t let me sit at the table with the other cast members because I didn’t belong there. … Fuck Lea.”
After making these complaints public, Michele launched a long apology on social media, writing: “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that made me perceive myself as insensitive or inappropriate at times or if it was just my immaturity and unnecessary difficulty, I apologize for my behavior and the pain I caused.”
In Pellegrino’s podcast, Morris explained why his initial response to his fellow protesters was a little millet. At the time, Morris tweeted in a statement stating that “hate is a disease in America we are trying to cure” and that Michele “should be summoned,” but did not offer much more.
“I remember having so much shadow,” Morris said, “because people were saying,‘ That’s so fucking cryptic, ’like,‘ Why don’t you go say that? “I say to myself, ‘Guys, she’s pregnant, and it all happens and … it’s true.'”
Morris said she wasn’t sure if she and the rest of the cast “were bullied and that’s something typical of the victim, it’s blaming yourself, that’s what people were saying.”
“But it is also very true and the only person who was honest about it was Naya [Rivera]. And it was something that was very quiet on set. And now you see all these things appear with these bigger names, which were very disrespectful and mistreated a lot of people and people allowed it to happen, ”Morris said.
The actor and singer stressed that while everyone was “close to Lea at certain points,” they all continued to be “so close to her.”
“So there’s this human element to understanding who that person is, growing up with that person, seeing them try to be better,” he said.
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