Glee might be in the past for Chord Overstreet, but that doesn’t mean the actor and singer isn’t still holding on to the lessons he learned from his time on the musical dramedy.
Since the show wrapped up, Overstreet has releasing numerous singles and an album, Tree House Tapes, in May. In a new interview with Us Weekly, Overstreet opened up about how his time on Glee helped him prepare for his music career, and said there was one costar in particular who he looked to for guidance.
“I loved being there [on the Glee set] for long hours because I got to hang out with my best friends, learn, sing and perform,” Overstreet told Us Weekly. “I learned so much from Jane Lynch. She was the funniest and most talented person, she taught me so much about being a performer.”
Well, this isn’t that big of a surprise. Jane Lynch is the ultimate performer, and she always knew how to play up her character on Glee and make her presence known in every scene. Not a bad role model when it comes to performing, right?
Overstreet also opened up about his father, Paul Overstreet, who is a country artist and songwriter, and how he’s been a MAJOR influence in his career. With hits like “Hold On,” which was featured on the series finale of The Vampire Diaries, it makes sense that music is in the 28-year-old singer’s family as well.
“I remember sitting and playing video games and my dad came in and said in his Southern accent, ‘Turn that dang game off and write a song.’ And I did it,” Overstreet recalled. “I wrote my first real song and my dad helped me finish and record it, so from that moment on I couldn’t stop playing and writing music.”
It looks like we have Glee to thank for Overstreet’s performing chops, and his dad to thank for his passion for music, so thank you, thank you, thank you!