'Glee's' Blake Jenner on Being Catfished: 'It's Wishful Thinking'
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Who's Catfishing Ryder? That's one of the biggest burning questions heading into Glee's fourth season finale on Thursday as New Directions heads to Regionals.
The hour, appropriately titled "All or Nothing," will finally reveal just whom Ryder has been swapping IMs and text messages with and comes as the glee club is preparing for an epic battle on the stage against the likes of Jessica Sanchez's Frida Romero and her rival club.
After weeks of mystery, Ryder will finally have had enough and turn to his friends for answers in an hour that will set up the new McKinley High star's fifth-season story line. To get the scoop on what's ahead for Ryder, The Hollywood Reporter turned to co-star Blake Jenner for all the details.
The Hollywood Reporter: Ryder has allowed himself to continue to be Catfished. How will we see him flush out who's behind "Katie"?
Blake Jenner: You're going to see him go through quite a bit. He's been angry for a while about it and ever since he found out it wasn't the girl he thought it was when he saw her and made a fool of himself singing a song to her and calling her Katie when her name was Marisa, it'd been bottled up anger for a while. The big reveal is coming in the season finale and you'll see him take it all in.
THR: Everyone has questioned why Ryder has allowed himself to continue this -- is he really convinced that this relationship is bringing out the best in him?
Jenner: I think so. It's a 50-50 thing: part of him is angry that he doesn't know who it is and wants to know if this person is playing games with him. The other part of him hopes this is his dream girl. Even though it's not the girl in the picture, hopefully it's some other girl who is shy or someone he's liked before. Ryder was very closed off before this and if he is anything like who I was in high school, he doesn't put his personal stuff out there. He's there for other people but he never once played the victim. This is the first time that he actually let out all his feelings and secrets to this person who he doesn't even know what they look like. That's really let him grow as a person and as a man; now he's revealed his secret that he was molested to the whole glee club. He's revealed himself quite a bit to people, more than he would before he was being Catfished. Before he'd hold all his secrets in and now he's letting them out and that's definitely changed him.
THR: What shifts for Ryder that he's back on this mission again to find out who it is?
Jenner: He gets angry and pissed off and is a a blur of emotions but always comes back to this person who makes him feel good. He's hoping that this works out; it's wishful thinking for him and he's betting on something that's a gamble. He's angry that it's not a real person for him to hold; he's a teenage boy looking for love and has had some bad luck with that in the past and he's trying out every option.
THR: How will Jake (Jacob Artist), Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) support him in his effort to figure out who's doing this?
Jenner: You'll see some scenes with Marley trying to keep everything together. There won't be too much of Jake and Kitty in this last episode since everybody is focusing on Regionals.