Let’s talk about Glee. Not only is this new musical show one of the most hyped up series of the new TV season, but it also features a new face: Jenna Ushkowitz, an experienced Broadway actress who landed the role of the stuttering goth punk outcast, Tina, in the school’s most unpopular extracurricular group: the Glee Club.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m only writing about this because I was excited to spot an Asian American face on one of my new favorite shows starting this Fall. Yes, this will be a one of those “Look, she’s Asian and therefore relevant to the rest of us” post but haters to the left, please.
Let’s talk about Jenna, who was adopted from South Korea as a baby and raised in New York City. She’s had her share of musical roles under her belt, including her first Broadway performance at the tender age of 9. Meeting the casting director for Spring Awakening (for which she was an understudy) let her to auditioning for Glee and the next thing you know, we’ve got a new Korean American girl singing her heart out on Fox.
So what can we expect from Ushkowitz? We’ve already seen her groove to Kanye’s Gold Digger and grind to Salt-n-Pepa’s Push It. The second episode only just aired this week, but I’m hoping there will be more lines, more stuttering and more Rihanna for Jenna in this first season.
PS. I’d like to start an 8Asians Glee Club. We can cover Rain and Boa. Who’s in?