INTERVIEW SERIES: Glee: Mark Salling (Puck)

December 9th, 2009 by

What has been your favorite part of filming so far?
Probably the wheel chair number we did. It was great. We got to cruise around on little wheelchair ramps on stage, and rehearsals for that one were a lot of fun.

What do you want to see with your character going forward?
Oh you know, a good character arc is always good, so I don’t want to see him go too far into the light side, but you know, he’s willing to step up and be a father.

What’s it like throwing a slushee in somebody’s face?
Oh, it’s great. I got to do all kinds of fun things. I shot people with paintball guns, threw slushees in their face, threw them in the dumpster.

How does it feel getting a slushee in the face?
Absolutely humiliating, demoralizing…it was alright. We got that in like one take.

What are the slushees made of?
Something like a petroleum jelly and food coloring.

Yeah, actually we were using real slushees at first and then we switched over to that.

And do you have a song you’d like to sing on the show?
Anything Radiohead or Alice in Chains would be awesome.

What can you tell us about the Madonna episode?
All Madonna songs, and I’m not sure about the plot. We don’t even know the plot.

Is she going to be there?
I don’t think she’s going to be there when we are shooting, maybe she’ll stop by, that’d be awesome.

Who do you want to see guest star?
Trent Reznor.

Why is that?
Because then we could be doing like Nine Inch Nails themed-songs, and that’d be awesome.

What’s your favorite song of 2009?
Boy, I don’t even listen to new music. I listen to old music…

How about a favorite movie of this past year?

Why is that?
It’s amazing. It’s 3-D, and it was such a great story.

Are you planning on releasing a solo album? [Ed Note: All the Glee stars have the option to do this in their contract]
I’ve been a songwriter for several years, and just put a record out in 2008, under the pseudonym Jericho. You can actually pick that up at, if I may shamelessly promote myself. So yeah, I’m going to continue to write and record. I don’t know how it’s going to be released or anything, I’m just going to continue to be an artist and be creative, and hopefully I’ll have an avenue to get it out.

What’s been your biggest challenge in filming the show?
The dancing…I am not a dancer.

That’s what Amber said, too.
Yeah, that’s probably a universal theme.

And can you give us a preview of the fall finale?
You’re going to see some great songs. I think there’s going to be a little Rolling Stones “Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which is a great one, and a Kelly Clarkson tune as well.

Below are some questions that I did not ask, but I thought were kind of hilarious and fun…so I included Mark’s answers to those as well:

Do you consider yourself a romantic?
Yeah. A hopeless romantic.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
In high school I had a girlfriend, and there was this field near where I lived. And I took her there, and I took rocks, and arranged them in a heart under a tree. And I didn’t tell her, I just took her out there, and walked her out and sat down and was like “hey, look where we are.”

Do you think the mohawk channels any special powers?
Yes. Actually, I’m so over the mohawk. I hate the mohawk right now. It’s okay, I’ll keep it — I’ve just had it for so long. I’ve had it for like a year, I’m kind of over it. I’ll feel better when I don’t have it.

What about the Lea-Cory rumor?
It’s true. Everything you read in those magazines is true. (laughs)

What’s your secret to a stress-free holiday?
Egg nog…haha. No…I’d say being with your family.

Do you have a book that shaped your life?
I don’t know about shaped my life, but my mom used to read me “The Giving Tree” all the time as a child.

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT at 9 pm on Fox for the fall finale of Glee!

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