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Blake Jenner first rose to fame in 2012 when he won “The Glee Project” and therefore earned a role on “Glee” proper. In the years since, though, he graduated from teen heartthrob status to meatier, edgier roles in films such as “American Animals” and now the Netflix limited series “What/If,” in which he stars opposite Jane Levy and Renee Zellweger.
How conscious an effort have you had to make to avoid being pigeon-holed or seen only for high school projects?
Glee - Project - Absolute - Industry - Things
“The Glee Project” was my absolute first in to the industry. I had done a few little things here and there but that was my first outing to a vast audience of performing every week and people getting to know you and your talent. If it weren’t for that I don’t think I would have had any of the opportunities I’ve been so lucky to encounter over the past few years. I love singing, and I think I somewhat have some dance talent, but I’ve never really had classes [for either]. My first love was always acting, so after “Glee” it meant a lot to me to do different things and show different shades of my capabilities and just of me as a person. So I talked with my agent, and one of the things that stuck out to me in one of the first meetings I had with him was he said, “We just have to make sure you don’t get stuck as a song-and-dance man.” And I completely agreed with him.
Was there a project that you think was a turning point where the industry did start to see you as more than just a guy from “Glee”?
Films - Animals - Thing - Kid
Out of the films I’ve done, “American Animals” is the most different thing I’ve ever gotten to do. As a kid, I had this...
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