Big Songs, Big Emotions: On Glee, Santana’s Coming Out Scene, and Naya Rivera

Big Songs, Big Emotions: On Glee, Santana’s Coming Out Scene, and Naya Rivera

Ali Adler, a TV writer who had come off Josh Schwartz's show Chuck , would quickly learn firsthand just how exhilarating and emotional it was to be a writer on Glee . The day of Adler's interview with Brad Falchuk, she was reeling from a breakup, had just moved out of her girlfriend's house, and was crashing at a friend's guest home. She walked into Falchuk's office, a renovated loft at Paramount Studios that Ryan Murphy had redone, and encountered her interviewer, who looked like a gorgeous jock straight out of a John Hughes film. Adler is a self-described buttoned-up type, but when Falchuk opened the conversation by asking her where she lived, she started to cry. Much to her surprise, this beautiful man gently explained that he understood her pain. He, too, was going through a hard time in his relationship. The duo really got into it, discussing their intimate feelings and experiences. It was a Gleelike lesson, seeing this guy who she had assumed was one kind of person turn out to be someone so different. Adler left the meeting thinking she had either “fucked up that job interview or fucking nailed that job interview.” She fucking nailed it. Later, Falchuk told Adler that he knew she was right for the show the second a tear fell from her eye. “The job is relaying emotions,” he explained. “I was just so excited to work with someone who had so much heart.” On Adler's second day of work, she was told to write a sequence around Beyoncé's song “Run the World (Girls).” She put her head down and dreamed up a complex scene that featured a flash mob starting in the hallways and ending in the auditorium, a frenetic performance of Brittany and the Cheerios tearing up the floor as the school band encircled them. The next day, Murphy told Adler to go to the set. There, she watched as her vision was brought to life, with 250 extras packed into that auditorium, Morris leading the charge, and a crane shot capturing it all. “Every time I […]

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