GLEE graduate Jenna Ushkowitz has urged audiences to beware of a new documentary that explores the behind-the-scenes controversies of the popular musical hit TV show.
Jenna insisted viewers should “proceed with caution” when watching the unauthorized Discovery+ and ID series, which will reportedly not feature cast members.
The star, who played Tina Cohen-Chang on the hit FOX comedy-drama series, thinks controversy and off-screen drama are “hard to talk about.”
She believes Glee should be celebrated simply for promoting LGBTQ representation on the small screen, and says she’s had an overall positive experience with the show.
Two central lines in the new series will be actor Cory Monteith’s fatal heroin overdose in 2013, and claims that actress Lea Michele created “a toxic work environment”.
Jenna says she’s aware of the issues on the show and is willing to clarify what allegations might surface through her podcast with co-star Kevin McHale.
The 34-year-old actress told The US Sun on camera at an event in LA: “It’s difficult to talk about it in general because they were our friends,” adding viewers need to “proceed with caution.” .
She added that interest in the show is again peaking in “new generations” for a resurgence on Disney Plus and Hulu.
But Jenna insists her experiences will always be positive.
“We’re so grateful that people can still enjoy it,” she said.
“So we know it continues to be spoken in all ways. You have to choose which ones to watch. I choose to look at those who serve me.”
“Working on Glee, we were and still are a close-knit family. There is no family that does not fight.
“There isn’t a family that hasn’t been through things. Not everyone needs to stay friends. Not everyone stays in touch. We all grew up on this show, and we all have families, new careers, and new ventures.
“For me, this experience was absolutely incredible. I know what she has done for me and my career. I just had the best time doing it.
“We were in our 20s and living on top of the world. I was just so grateful for the experience and all the friends I came home with.”
The Price of Glee premieres on January 16 and also deals with the sudden deaths of Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) and Mark Salling (Noah “Puck” Puckerman).
“THE GOOD AND THE EVIL”
Naya tragically drowned while on a boat trip with her son in California, while Mark took his own life after being arrested in connection with possession of child pornography.
“I don’t want to say the c-word, the ‘curse’ word,” says one character in the trailer. “But that’s where your mind goes.”
“Fame can be toxic,” another contestant said during the promo.
Jenna plans to address all of the revelations in the new documentary on her podcast, And That’s What You REALLY Missed.
“For all the things that are happening right now and being thrown around, I would say listen to the sources,” she said. “Come to us.
“These are people and these were our friends.
“I think the podcast is even more important now for Kevin and I to actually get people to hear from the inside of what was actually going on and what our experience was like.
“Other people’s stories must not be told.
“For all these other things that are floating around, we are the source.
“You have to look at the people who were really there and who had the experience.
“It makes the podcast more important and we choose to be a part of it and talk about it. So it couldn’t have been that bad.
“For me, all the things that are going on, for me you just look at the people involved.”
But she insists the podcast looks at all sides of the show.
“We really look at the good and the bad,” she admitted. “You can’t go through six years of a phenomenon without the good and the bad. We choose to look at the good.
“We chose to look at all the doors that have opened for us and all the amazing things it’s done for the world and the LGBTQ community.”
Jenna spoke at the Baby Ball in LA, a fundraiser created by the nonprofit AdoptTogether, a crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between families who want to adopt and children around the world who need a loving home .
The star’s co-host Kevin has also spoken out against the upcoming series, responding to a tweet claiming the cast and crew were “involved” in the three-part project.
He wrote: “Show me that ‘cast’ you’re talking about. That is [trash].”
Kevin then added: “That was the nice version because [the record]. Don’t make me talk about it again.”
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/6913391/glee-star-jenna-ushkowitz-warns-viewers-over-new-docuseries/ Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz is warning viewers about new ‘Price of Glee’ docuseries that will reveal the show’s ‘curse’