Glee star, Dianna Agron, tells the New York Post that she won’t be appearing in the Cory Monteith tribute episode because she wasn’t invited to participate.
“Glee” showrunner Ryan Murphy announced that the third episode of the upcoming season, which debuts Sept. 26, will be a tribute to Monteith and his character. Agron, who was reduced from a series regular to appear in just three episodes last season, was not asked to participate in the memorial show. In fact, the actress isn’t certain she’ll be back at all this season.
It’s a surprise, given her formerly pivotal role.
“Yeah,” she says coolly.
I hope she was misquoted here, because if it’s true she wasn’t invited, that just sucks. Harry Shum Jr., Mark Salling and Amber Riley, no longer appear regularly on the show, but they’re all returning. Dianna’s character, Quinn had key storylines with Cory’s Finn during season 1 and season 2. It would be out of character for Quinn not to rush back to Lima from Yale, where she is studying drama, to mourn with her former school mates.
But then, Quinn behaving out of character is nothing new. There have been rumors of clashes between Dianna and production over how her character was written. After season 1, she seemed to only exist to advance the plot of other characters, rather than have any development of her own. The epitome of ridiculous plot points came when she survived a terrible car crash after she was texting behind the wheel (another one of Ryan Murphy’s pet PSAs) but wound up in a wheelchair, only to miraculously recover in time for Prom. Yikes.
When the Post asks the actress if it’s time to move on from Glee, she doesn’t sound bitter:
“I think moving on might be the wrong choice of words because [“Glee”] is always going to be a part of me and with me and I would always go back,” she says. “So it’s not necessarily about a departure. It’s about what it’s imparted in me and what it’s given me.”
She’s still close to all of her Glee castmates, particularly in the wake of Cory’s death. Dianna elaborated on the experience of losing her friend and co-star:
This year I’ve had some of the biggest cries of my entire life,” she admits.
“It hasn’t completely hit in yet,” Agron says, her voice softening. “It’s one of the strangest things that has ever happened to me. I don’t know how people do it over and over again throughout their lives. It just makes you take a new lease out on life and look at things a little bit differently.”
She pauses to take a breath.
“He was truly one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and that’s something that everybody can say about him, you know?”
Dianna is out promoting her new movie, The Family, opening September 13. She plays the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro, a mafia family that lands in France after they are forced to enter the witness protection program. Martin Scorcese is the executive producer. Check out the trailer below.