Chord Overstreet is embracing the second along with his new Netflix vacation comedy Falling for Christmas, and he’s able to make audiences snort once more after taking a while away from the performing highlight.
The actor, greatest identified for enjoying Sam on the Fox phenomenon Glee, stars reverse Lindsay Lohan in director Janeen Damian’s movie about an boastful lodge heiress (Lohan) who suffers amnesia in a ski accident and finds herself within the care of a lodge proprietor, performed by Overstreet, amid her battle to recall her former life. The mission has been touted as a comeback automobile for Lohan after a protracted stretch away from main roles, however it additionally serves to reintroduce a wider viewers to Overstreet, who has been steadily recording music over time and can be a part of the solid of the Apple TV+ comedy sequence Acapulco.
“People who dive into my music would possibly get a greater sense of me, however I don’t really feel like folks actually know me,” Overstreet, 33, tells The truestarz. “Folks would possibly know a personality I’ve performed on Glee. With people who love comedy, there’s additionally a tragedy to them. I’m a really emotional individual. It could be overly emotional, which is why I write music, as a result of it’s my one remedy outlet.”
In a candid dialog in regards to the ups and downs of his previous and his optimism for the long run, the star explains why his reference to Lohan was a particular one, how he navigates the challenges of the music trade, the bond he feels along with his former Glee co-stars after the tough occasions they confronted collectively, his ideas on Discovery+’s deliberate Glee docuseries and his obsession with romantic comedies.
How did you get entangled with Falling for Christmas, and what do you know in regards to the mission heading into it?
My agent known as me and was like, “Would you be right down to do a chemistry learn with Lindsay for the film?” Figuring out Lindsay’s pedigree, I used to be like, “That’d be superior,” as a result of I believe she’s so freaking humorous and tremendous gifted. I responded to the script as a result of it jogged my memory in an effective way of Overboard — I’m an enormous rom-com fan. I used to be like, “Oh, I’d kill to do one thing like this.” Particularly with any individual that’s such a professional like Lindsay. Initially, they wished me to learn for the function of Tad, who was the fiancé. I used to be like, “I can do an English accent, however I really feel like I’m not gonna be pretty much as good as somebody who’s really English. Can I simply learn for the opposite function?” And I learn for it and acquired it.
What do you keep in mind about first assembly Lindsay?
I’ve achieved a number of desk reads, and I’d by no means actually achieved a desk learn like that with any individual to the place I felt there was quick chemistry. She was very giving, and it flowed actually effortlessly between us. I used to be like, “Oh, that is gonna be actually enjoyable.” So far as my expertise on that movie, it was a kind of issues the place she couldn’t have been extra open and candy when it was coming to working collectively, to the place it was only a very easy atmosphere. We had the scenes how they have been written, after which we each tweaked and labored on them collectively and tried to make them higher.
With this being touted by some as Lindsay’s comeback second, did there really feel like a way of strain to ensure it labored?
I believe there’s strain. You are feeling strain with any film and any mission that you just do since you need to make it as nice as it may be for the followers and for those that are watching the film — and on the similar time actual. However I believe once we have been working collectively, there was such an openness with each of us that it by no means felt like there was strain.
You’ve had continued success along with your music, however this mission offers your performing an opportunity to be within the highlight once more. Followers are speaking a few comeback for Lindsay, however do you are feeling you can relate to that as nicely in your personal path?
Yeah. It’s attention-grabbing as a result of I took a break from performing as quickly as I completed Glee the place I used to be like, “I need to take a break and simply deal with music as a result of that’s so vital to me.” That’s the place I come from. My dad [Paul Overstreet] gained BMI tune of the yr 5 years in a row; he’s a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, within the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. I grew up doing music, and that was such an vital half to me. But in addition the performing is such an vital a part of who I’m, and that’s one thing that I like as equally. It didn’t essentially really feel like a comeback, however I had taken a break from it for a bit to the place I used to be actually excited to get again into it in that method. Iron sharpens iron, so working with any individual that pushes you and can be actually gifted and nice, it made me rise to the event and do one thing enjoyable once more.
You’re actually devoted to comedy, which is a style that seems to be in a wierd second. However your Apple TV+ sequence Acapulco is completely the sort of present that feels prefer it might be an enormous hit.
I auditioned for that present in Mexico — my self-tape was at a resort in Mexico. I instantly related with that character, and attending to play that goofy comedy factor, it was proper in my wheelhouse. This feels easy to me. That is what I used to be meant to do. I couldn’t choose a greater job than that with Acapulco, and it’s so humorous. I’ve achieved reveals earlier than, clearly, however that present is one the place, weirdly, I’m a fan of the present. It’s so enjoyable. It’s so refreshing. It’s so distinctive. We now have a whole lot of freedom to the place we are able to fiddle and mess around with a whole lot of stuff.
Does it really feel like there’s at present a distinct dialog throughout the trade, or with public notion, about the place your profession goes? Does it really feel that you just’re on the trail towards the place you need to be in a pair years?
I really feel prefer it’s undoubtedly headed there. There’s an actual massive lack of romantic-comedy films as a result of I really feel like every thing has been very critical so far as leisure goes. We’d like comedy and laughs and bringing folks collectively greater than ever. The intense, heavy, loopy stuff is nice as a result of it’s entertaining tales, however I really feel just like the extra you possibly can snort, the extra that stuff works as nicely. I am going again, and I’m watching Notting Hill, and you’ll’t take your eyes off of Julia Roberts. Hugh Grant is probably the most charismatic individual on the earth. You see these films, and also you’re like, “Why aren’t there extra of those proper now?” You’re nonetheless watching these 20 years later. I may actually geek out on rom-coms perpetually.
I’ve seen your former Glee co-stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz tweeting about how proud they’re of your success. Darren Criss and Adam Lambert are on the Falling for Christmas soundtrack. What’s it been prefer to know that the Glee household remains to be in one another’s nook?
With these particular folks, it’s like we spent a lot time collectively, and we’re nonetheless a household. Each time we get collectively, it’s like no time is missed in any respect. We choose up proper the place we left off, and if these guys do something, all of us assist one another. It comes from real love, and it actually looks like household. The truth that I acquired to do a soundtrack with Darren, that he’s on board, it’s prefer it’s a full circle. It’s so cool as a result of what number of totally different reveals are you able to do with any individual the place you find yourself doing music, and also you’re doing a soundtrack with any individual that you find yourself on? It’s simply actually actually cool.
Your Sam-Mercedes (Amber Riley) storyline from Glee remains to be such an awesome one.
One of many cooler components of engaged on that present was in all probability the relationships I made individually with the folks. Amber [Riley] texted me the opposite day, and she or he was like, “Hey, I heard this tune that you just had. I didn’t know this was you doing it. I like you a lot. This tune is so nice.” There’s actually a lot optimistic reinforcement, particularly with psychological well being — folks which are simply consistently encouraging you that you’ve got this relationship with. They’re simply such variety folks.
There’s a Discovery+ present within the works in regards to the making of Glee, and it sounds just like the solid gained’t be concerned. Does it shock you that there’s nonetheless this curiosity within the dramatic facet of it?
It doesn’t shock me as a result of the present was such a monumental present in range and popular culture and actually bringing consideration to a whole lot of issues that hadn’t been introduced consideration to. And we — I don’t need to say “we,” however the people who have been creating the present — have been pioneers in coping with points that hadn’t been handled earlier than. However so far as the documentary goes, I don’t assume anyone that’s actually concerned within the present has something to do with the documentary. (Laughs.) In my private opinion, the documentary is making an attempt to take advantage of the destructive headlines and never have fun the truth that we handled a whole lot of actually heavy points. We went by quite a bit collectively, and I don’t know anyone that’s concerned within the documentary that I do know. (Laughs.) It’s simply a kind of issues the place I really feel like that’s a headline seize.
So a lot of your former co-stars are nonetheless thriving within the trade. Do you assume you’ll attempt to see Lea Michele on Broadway?
I’d love that. I’ve seen her up shut and in individual, and I don’t assume there’s anyone like her that may do what she does. I don’t need that to sound like I’m tooting her horn. I’ve labored on this trade lengthy sufficient time to the place I’ve by no means actually encountered anyone like her.
What’s been getting you most excited currently about music?
I’ve a Christmas tune within the film and been doing music as a lot as attainable. The one factor I’ve by no means achieved is I’ve by no means put a full-length file out. I’d love to have the ability to make a physique of labor, whether or not it’s an album or a number of albums, that in 30 or 40 years I look again, and I’m like, “Man, that’s one thing I’m actually pleased with.” Music is a really single-based world to the place there’s not as a lot consideration on a full-length album. No matter how folks eat music, I’d love — only for my very own inventive sake — doing a full file, mainly portray an image.
You appear surprisingly considerate. Do followers know the actual you?
I don’t assume so. People who dive into my music would possibly get a greater sense of me, however I don’t really feel like folks actually know me. Folks would possibly know a personality I’ve performed on Glee. With people who love comedy, there’s additionally a tragedy to them. I’m a really emotional individual. It could be overly emotional, which is why I write music, as a result of it’s my one remedy outlet. People who know me very well, I really feel like I’m the category clown. I prefer to goof off. I like to attempt to get folks to snort and take a break from actuality. After which there’s the opposite facet of me that’s very overly emotional, which is why I really feel like I’m meant to jot down music. The older I get, the extra I need to simply expose who I’m and have folks get to really know me.
If you say “tragedy,” is that in your youthful years, or simply in your total path?
So far as tragedy goes, I used to be very blessed with an awesome household and an awesome upbringing, and my dad and mom are my greatest associates nonetheless. However once I acquired thrown into the machine that’s the leisure trade at a younger age, I went by a whole lot of issues that have been unpredictable that — particularly with dropping folks which are your greatest associates at a younger age — you aren’t ready to deal with that. However I do really feel like a whole lot of that makes you stronger and makes you extra grounded, in a bizarre method. It makes you get to know your self on a distinct degree.
When it comes to dropping co-stars, does it really feel unfair that you just all needed to undergo every thing that you just did?
When [Glee star] Cory [Monteith] handed, he was my greatest pal who I spent in all probability 10 months a yr with for 3 or 4 years straight, and I used to be nearer to him than with anyone. Shedding anyone younger, you’re by no means ready for what occurs with that, after which when there’s an enormous microscope and lens on that you just, you’re coping with that in a totally totally different method. However I do assume that that makes you stronger. Shedding anyone younger is actually difficult, however it makes you harder, and it makes you extra resilient. It’s totally different dropping any individual at a younger age after which dropping any individual that everyone is aware of about, and so they’re asking questions and speaking about it, and it’s in your face, and also you’re figuring it out.
I do know lots of people, followers included, have been actually impacted by Cory’s demise, so I can solely think about what it was like for the solid.
Cory, it’s simply a kind of issues the place you possibly can’t actually put your finger on it, and none of it is sensible. Loss by no means is sensible. I went right into a gap, writing songs and stuff, to deal with that. It’s prefer it’s remedy in itself. However the neighborhood round me was so lovely and so caring that it was simply nice to have that household. It’s simply a kind of issues the place there’s no making sense of any of it. However it actually makes you recognize the time that you’ve got and the family members round you. Hug as many individuals as you possibly can when you can, and simply love blindly. That’s the great thing about the mortality, is simply actually, actually loving on folks you possibly can, when you can.
That’s why I like comedy, too, and the sorts of tasks you’ve been selecting. It may well actually really feel life-affirming to get to snort with different folks.
That’s the great thing about comedy. You’re celebrating life, and that’s, to me, the most important factor: in the event you can share, in the event you can hug. Love as many individuals when you can, and produce pleasure to folks. As an entertainer, if I could make anyone snort and smile, that’s what you need to do.
Interview edited for size and readability.
Falling for Christmas is now streaming on Netflix.