'Glee's' Lea Michele Talks Pregnancy and Rachel's 'Knight in Shining Armor'
Rachel Berry has a lot on her plate right now on Fox's Glee.
In addition to a massive audition coming up for her dream role in Funny Girl, the NYADA freshman is juggling two guys -- the freewheeling and potential escort Brody and her potential endgame in Finn Hudson -- a crowded house with new roommate Santana. Add to this the minor detail that she may be eating for two when a pregnancy test reveals she might very well be pregnant.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with star Lea Michele to discuss Rachel's pregnancy scare, how she'll lean on Santana, Brody's (Dean Geyer) secret double life and her ideas for what the potential season four cliffhanger might be -- as well as her thoughts on a Broadway-focused fifth season.
THR: Rachel's pregnant! How might we see her grapple with the news?
Michele: There's a great scene in the first episode between Santana and Rachel and what I love about Santana's character is that she says it like it is. She's incredibly upfront and honest and she can smell when there's something wrong, which is great but she always digs in a little too deep. Kurt (Chris Colfer), Rachel, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Kurt's boyfriend all get snowed in and decide to have a movie day and we watch Moulin Rogue. What always happens when you get snowed in or stuck somewhere is all the secrets come out. At the end of the episode, Santana finds the pregnancy stick in the bathroom and questions Rachel about it. Rachel breaks down to Santana and it's such a real moment when she comforts her. It's a real moment between these two girls who you've wanted to be friends for so long and you finally get to see their friendship.
THR: Rachel's looking at a home pregnancy test, which as we've seen on TV, aren't always accurate. Will that be addressed?
Michele: It's addressed whether or not she's pregnant. It doesn't get very deep beyond that. That's as much as I can say but you'll find out in next week's episode.
THR: Santana is now the fourth roommate in the loft. How will Rachel lean on her?
Michele: Santana is doing her job as a friend and starts to question Brody and what's going on with Rachel. But she doesn't stop and it gets to the point where Kurt and Rachel say whether or not she's right or wrong, she's going too far with it. At the end of the day, Santana is the voice of reason and makes everyone have to look at things.
THR: The last we saw Brody, we were lead to believe that he's an escort. How much more of Brody's secret life will we see?
Michele: You're going to see a whole lot! (Laughs.) We have an awesome musical number -- one of my favorite songs by Marina and the Diamonds -- that really gets you in on what he's up to. There's a fantastic scene coming up where my knight in shining armor comes to inspect what's going on and that person is Finn. The scene between Finn and Brody is insane.
THR: We've heard there's a big throw-down between Brody and Finn. What's going on there?
Michele: Santana tells Finn (Cory Monteith). She smells a rat and calls Finn to come and investigate what he's up to. Whether or not he's an escort, Santana thinks he's dealing drugs, Rachel thinks he's working as a cater waiter; it could be any of those three things.
THR: How brutal is that confrontation between Finn and Brody going to be? Is that where the cover of Radiohead's "Creep" comes in?
Michele: It's pretty hardcore! (Laughs.) I've got some great guys defending me! We shot the scene where she finally figures out what's going on with him and that scene was pretty incredible to shoot as well. There's been a lot of dramatic stuff this season. "Creep" is somewhere within the Rachel and Brody rise and possible fall.
THR: How might Brody respond to the pregnancy news? Will Rachel be forced to tell him or might he find out from Finn?
Michele: As of now, it's still pretty top secret. Finn is back for this scene. I never go tot work with Cory, so Finn and Rachel don't have any scenes together and what ever he does, he does without Rachel knowing. It's really great to see Santana and Finn come to her defense.
THR: Rachel is fresh off a fling with Finn. How will that experience and her pregnancy scare -- on top of Brody's extra curricular activities -- factor into what she does next?
Michele: Rachel is experiencing life as a young adult; these are things that young girls do and it's important to address the possible risk of having sexual relationships with people. That's a great thing about Glee is that we don't just make it a problem-free situation; Glee always addresses the possible risks of sexual activity. At the end of the day, Rachel is a young adult and that is a very common thing with on-and-off relationships that they would have a love affair together at the wedding. Rachel is a little confused and you do see that later on that she realizes the affect of, "What have I been doing?" Rachel always comes back to the fact she needs to get back to herself and she has a big audition coming up for Funny Girl and once all the boy drama is out of the way, she's back on track to her original goal.