“Glee” Season 6 is coming to an end, and no one finds it harder to deal with than the cast themselves. Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Darren Criss (Blaine) and Chord Overstreet (Sam) visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to talk about filming the final episode of the Fox musical comedy. When Ellen asked who cried while filming the end, the actors revealed that there were tears from the entire cast.
“It was really cathartic,” Criss explained. “I mean, everyone is always like, ‘Are you going to cry? Are you going to cry?’ It’s like, of course we’re going to cry. There were moments when I didn’t feel the need to cry but then everyone else was, and I felt like a jerk for not crying. And then I would join in and go ‘Oh my God, this feels so good.’ Just to cry it out, it was so nice.”
Michele said she and Ushkowitz were the loudest criers, and Colfer joked, “I still can’t hear in this ear.”
Overstreet blamed the crew for the waterworks. While Matthew Morrison (Will) was singing in the final scene, the entire crew came in behind him. “It’s as if you took every family member and friend that you’ve ever loved and that you had to say goodbye to and put them all in front of you at once,” Ushkowitz said.
Of course leaving the show wasn’t the only painful part of filming the finale. When Ellen mentioned Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July 2013, the cast said they were thinking of him during their final episode. “He was there, though. We could feel him. He was,” Colfer explained.
Michele even took Monteith’s framed jersey home when she wrapped filming. However, other cast members took some funnier souvenirs. Criss took home the couch that was in the principal’s office, and Overstreet took his gold shorts from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” episode. Ushkowitz stole a photo from the choir room that she hoped no one would ever see again.
“The photo of me as Jan [in ‘Grease’] and my double chin is at its most and best,” Ushkowitz said.
Unfortunately, Ellen had the photo on hand and put it up on the big screen behind them. “If anybody’s having a bad day, you can just look at that photo,” the actress laughed.
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“Glee” Season 6 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox. The "Glee" cast will be on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on March 12. Check your local listings.