Dianna Agron Worked on Her High School Yearbook, and 4 Other Gleeful Revelations
If you're a gleebaser like me, you're going through serious withdrawal right about now from Fox's Golden Globe-winning comedy. Because while other network series returned from hiatus last week, Ryan Murphy's cast is waiting until Feb. 6 to bounce back from their long holiday vacation with the wildly anticipated post-Super Bowl episode, "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle." To tide you over until Glee's zombie-riffic 2011 premiere, here are a few excerpts from Dianna Agron's leg of the I Am Number Four (the Michael Bay and Stephen Spielberg-produced sci-fi film she stars in with Alex Pettyfer and Timothy Olyphant next month) press junket, in which the actress gamely described her gift to the Glee cast, explained why she won't go to the Super Bowl and recounted her own experience with prejudice back in Texas.
[Movieline will post the rest of Agron's roundtable discussion next month.]
About Agron's own high school obsession:
"I found photography in high school. [...] I was on the yearbook staff so I would take out film cameras and Nikons and take photos around school and at sporting events and things like that. We had a dark room as well. I just loved it. I also saved up for a video camera to video my friends and cut and paste the videos together and I gave them to all of my friends for graduation. I loved it and didn't stop so now I have about ten cameras. My favorite thing to do with them is travel."
Responding to whether she has seen Jeff Bridges' behind-the-scenes photography books that he gives cast members at the end of each film:
"I have. I have. As of now, I've done it for the [Glee] cast. Last year, everybody at the end of the year -- and it was such a good year to do it because it was Oprah and the president and all of these good things -- I made a book for everyone and they really really liked that."
On Glee's open dialogue about prejudice:
"If you do have some discomfort with [homosexuality] in your mind, that we make it, I mean, we minimize it as much as possible. I think it's really upsetting that marriage was legal and then it was taken away. It's just pulling at people's heartstrings and people that have real emotions. [...] I was never raised with prejudice against anything or anyone. My family was very open-minding and very loving. I never saw it. Even to the point where I was so naive to it that my first awareness of it was, I lived in Texas for a few years when I was growing up and every time for the high holidays at our Temple, there would be policemen with guns and things like that. I just thought it was normal, like 'Oh, they're here to say hi.' I didn't really think that somebody might target because there aren't that many Jews in Texas. So when I moved to San Francisco and would go to temple, I'd notice oh, there's no cops here. I just think that people are afraid of what they don't know and can't understand and so if they can understand it more, I think it helps the cause."
On why she won't be attending the Super Bowl:
"I am not a sports girl. It's fun? But I don't understand -- I understand the bare bones, what you need to get by [while watching football]. I think like half of the cast is going. Lea's singing, which is amazing. [...] I feel bad because they said I could have two tickets. That would be such a waste on me. That would be great. I'm sure I'd have fun but people die for those tickets so I felt like I would be stripping a true fan of their year-long goal."
Describing her relationship with Pittsburgh, whose football team will be attending this year's Super Bowl:
"I was [filming both the show and the movie simultaneously] a bit. Towards the end of the movie, I had to go back and finish on I Am Number Four [in Pittsburgh] so I became very familiar with the flight patterns from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. There's only one direct flight a day at 7:30 and if you can't make that, then you have to go through Atlanta or Washington or all these places, so you really hoped you'd make that 7:30 flight."