Secrets behind the scenes and some bad memories. the cast of The Glee Project detailed their experiences on the reality showand not everyone was happy.
Damien McGinty, Samuel Larsen, Lindsay Pearce, Ali Stroker and more Oxygen series alumni reminisced about their time on the short-lived show in a new oral history published by Well-informed person on Monday, August 22. McGinty, 29, described his time in The Glee Project as “one of the funniest things” he’ll ever do, but not all of his co-stars had such fond memories.
Pearce, 31, said one of her most negative experiences on the show, which ran for just two seasons running from 2011-2012, came during an episode in which she was encouraged to express her vulnerability.
“They sat us down and essentially asked us to tell them our deepest, darkest secrets,” the Broadway actress recalled. “I shared about my sexual assault. I was like, ‘Going through that made me feel like I wasn’t a person, like I was just a body and a nice face.
However, according to Pearce, the producers cut the assault storyline from the episode. “The cut is that people like me because I’m pretty, which makes me feel fake,” the California native explained. “That was heartbreaking, because I wouldn’t have shared my experience if I had known how it would be edited. It didn’t fit the narrative they were trying to make.”
previous Evil Star also detailed an incident where she and her co-star cameron mitchell they shared a kiss during the filming of a music video. The 32-year-old Texas native claimed he was “shocked” by the moment, which he and Pearce claimed was created by the producers.
“I wish it had the language that we have today about consent and awareness and respect for people’s boundaries,” Pearce said. “I will always be responsible for my own side of things, but I was 19 years old and I was being manipulated.”
After being asked to kiss a different contestant on another episode, Mitchell decided to leave the show. “It really was one of those moments that altered the course of my life. I was forced to defend myself,” she recalled. “It was very traumatic.”
Pearce finished Season 1 as runner-up alongside Alex Newell, and both won guest spots in Happiness. However, due to the kiss with Mitchell, Pearce faced backlash from viewers who thought his behavior was predatory.
“I have never been so hated in my life”, the recovery path the alum said. “It’s not easy for a 20-year-old to be called a sex offender, a sexual predator, an abuser, all because of the kiss in the music video. Eleven years later, I still get hate mail in the theaters I work in and direct messages telling me to kill myself.”
Mitchell, for his part, noted that he doesn’t blame Pearce for the kiss, as he was concerned it might interfere with his off-camera relationship with his then-girlfriend. “I was very upset and felt taken advantage of, not by Lindsay, obviously,” he explained. “Afterwards, I made it clear to everyone that he was not well and that he had a girlfriend at home.”
Shauna Minopriowho was executive producer The Glee Project, he admitted: “There are probably things on that show that we would do differently now, inevitably.” Meanwhile, Oxygen declined to comment for Well-informed personoral history, and Happiness creator Ryan Murphy he declined to be interviewed for his story.