Though she was originally hired as a choreographer for Glee, Heather Morris -- who plays
oversexed and undereducated cheer leader Brittany -- steals more
scenes with her deadpan, hilarious non sequiturs ("I think my
cat's been reading my diary;" "Did you know that dolphins are just gay
sharks?") than her dance moves.
producers are clearly smitten. Morris, who typically delivers
these Brittanyisms with achingly perfect timing to co-star Naya Rivera
(who plays Santana), has played a noticeably stronger role in the second season. A recent, highly anticipated
Britney Spears-themed episode centered on Morris and prominently
singing and dancing (turns out she's not just the show's comedic dark
horse -- the girl can sing, too.) The Arizona native got her break
on the 2006 season of So You Think You Can Dance
and from there
went on to dance back up on the "The Beyonce Experience" tour, the
Grammy Awards, SNL
, and the American Music Awards. Here, Morris talks to us about Brittany, Britney and her cat, Zack Morris.
What was your favorite Britney Spears outfit you got to wear?
How was your character Brittany born?
always joke around with Ryan (Murphy, Glee Creator) and whenever we would
sing I would do this really nasally, irritating voice. It would make us
laugh. From there the joke helped shape the character. Oh, and also
the character Karen from "Mean Girls."
wears that infamous red latex body suit in the "Oops I Did It Again
Video." I think it is so sexy, they had to make four suits for when we
did the remake of the video, and the Costume Designer let me keep one. It's probably going to be my Halloween costume.
What did you like most about making that episode?
standing in front of Britney Spears was very rewarding. I just wanted to stare at her. I once auditioned for
a video off of her Circus album as a body double and I felt the same
way then. But this time it was much more up-close and personal. Also working
with the giant albino snake for "I'm a Slave 4 U." His name was Banana. He was so warm,
plump and heavy. My arms were sore for the next two days.
What's your go to Karaoke song?
"Under Pressure." It's one of the best songs to dance to.
Where do you like to shop?
The Le Creuset outlet
is one of my favorite spots. I collect the red pots. I think you can
make the best Spaghetti in them. I also love to shop on iTunes and the
Mac Store. I always seem to lose my headphones so I'm always buying
If you could invite three people over for a slumber party who would they be?
1. Marie Antoinette (she was free spirited)
2. Bjork (I would beg her to just make music, to just go off and I would join in)
3. Michael Cera (for inspiration. I used to always watch him on Arrested Development.)
What are your favorite possessions?
not a very materialistic girl, I get that from my mom. She doesn't like
clutter. But if I had to say something, it would be my black cat Zack Morris.
Paramount has these stray cats that hang out on the lot and one of them had kittens. So
Lea (Michele) took two and I took one. He is one of the best things
that has happened to me. Oh, and of course, my promise ring.
What's the last song you downloaded?
Goldfrapp's "We Radiate" from the Vampire Diaries soundtrack and "Black Sheep" by Metric.
What is the last thing you YouTubed?
This old James Brown news clip. He is insanely high or drunk or something. It's very entertaining.
Have you ever been bullied?
like some of the stories Chris Colfer tells me about his youth. Though I do remember my freshman
year when my father passed, I stopped wearing make up, stopped fixing
my hair, and didn't care what I looked like. I wore sweats everyday. After a while, the girls started getting really catty. People never
really bullied me during this time, but they would judge me and talk
about me behind my back, and that can be just as tormenting to a teen.
What makes you gleeful? (Sorry, I had to)
mom donates a lot of time to a Teen Pregnancy shelter. One of my
hobbies is crocheting (I learned it from her) so we make blankets for
these expected mothers to be.
How is it working with new cast members this season?
love working with Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), he does tons of
different voices, he is just hysterical. He feels like a little
Who is an actress you admire?
Both Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart -- they are perfect examples of good actresses from our generation.
Where is our favorite place to travel to?
I went on tour with Beyonce we hit 45 dates in one year, so I've been a
lot of places, but one of the most memorable spots has to be Ethiopia.
We had this giant outdoor tent, with a dirt floor, thousands of
smiling faces. The entire place was just beaming with love. With so
much energy you feel like you could heal the world. We got to take a
lot of side trips to see the beautiful country side, safari's, old
castles, but for me the people were so amazing. They were so grateful
and so giving even though they had hardly anything.
What do you do on set while the other actors are performing scenes you're not in?
sit and read or joke around with other cast members. They did just
installed Wii Sport into all of our trailers. Although I would much prefer old school games like Super Mario Brothers or Duck Hunt. I still
remember to this day how sore my fingers would get. I should dig out
my Nintendo from under my bed and bring it into my trailer.
What book are you currently reading?
A Spot of Bother by another funny Brit -- Mark Haddon.
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