Fans were shocked when Lauren Zizes quit New Directions in the season three premiere given the fact she'd become such an integral character throughout Glee's sophomore season. At the time, creator Ryan Murphy promised that while actress Ashley Fink's episode order had been reduced, she "has a major story with Chris Colfer" coming up.
Well, that never materialized and Lauren has been completely M.I.A. from Glee since October's Asian F. And according to Ashley, fans won't get "Zized" again this season -- or probably ever.
"It is what it is," Fink told me at Saturday's Struck Bu Lightning premiere. "Lauren's somewhere in that school, she's just not on camera or being talked about [laughs]. She's involved in activities that aren't televised."
And no one is sadder about this turn of events that Lauren. "Of course I miss me on Glee. I miss everybody. I miss the fun experience that show is. But Glee is very much a fly by the seat of your pants [operation] in the way that best laid plans never quite come together. They have so many [characters] to take care of and I think once they made the decision that all these characters were going to graduate, it shifted the way this season was going to go. I haven't heard anything from Ryan, but I visited [while they were filming] prom, so I got to see everybody, which was great."
Sadly those hoping to see Lauren lurking in the background will be sorely disappointed. When I asked if she snuck into a crowd shot while hanging around set, Ashley laughed. "No! Are you kidding me? I didn't have to be wearing a dress so I didn't wear one."
But even that couldn't suppress Lauren's ear-to-ear smile on Saturday night, as Chris Colfer ("he's the cheese to my macaroni") premiered Struck By Lightning, which he stars in and wrote, at The Tribeca Film Festival. "It's amazing, he's a 20 year old savant," she cooed about her bestie. "I worked the hours of Glee dude, I didn't have time to do anything but sleep, but he was casting a movie and writing a book in between performances. It's crazy. I'm so proud of him."