Glee was unlike anything else on television during its tenure of six seasons. The musical comedy-drama tackled issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and more on a regular basis. Admittedly, it wasn’t always done in the most tactful way, but there’s something to be said for a teen-focused show even attempting to tackle these topics. Notably, Kurt and Blaine’s first kiss marked a change in audiences’ attitudes towards people in the LGBT community.
Tragically, the show lost one of its stars, Corey Monteith, in 2013 while the show was still airing. Mark Salling, the actor who portrayed Puck, took his own life in early 2018, after being hit with disturbing charges.
As for the rest of the Glee family that brought over 700 musical performances to fans’ TVs, what are they up to? It’s time to see just what the former "Gleeks" have done since the show ended. Here’s what the cast of Glee is doing now.
Glee’s Matthew Morrison continued his teaching career on-screen after playing Will Schuester
There would be no glee club without Mr. Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison. So what’s Morrison been up to? Months after Glee‘s final episode aired, Morrison starred in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland. Since then, he’s made some notable appearances on television, including a particularly, uh, memorable stint on American Horror Story: 1984. Also in his time outside the Glee music classroom, he and his wife had their first child. But he’d eventually return to a teaching role again.
In December 2018, it was announced that Morrison would be one of the dance captains for The Greatest Dancer. "I love the format of this show. I’m not a judge, I’m a mentor! It’s why I signed on to the project," he said in a Q&A for BBC. "I wanted to inspire the next generation of dancers." That’s certainly the inspiring attitude that fans fell in love with on Glee. You can expect Morrison to keep on dancing for the foreseeable future, as he shared, "I’ve lived dance for the past 25 years and it will be a staple in my life until the day I die."
Glee star Lea Michele reunited cast members with her music years after portraying Rachel
Just like Rachel Berry on Glee, Lea Michele has had her eyes set on the stars. Michele’s best known TV role after Glee was as Hester on Scream Queens, which lasted two seasons. But Michele stayed plenty busy, as she recorded two albums in 2014 and 2017. Her album Christmas in the City released in October 2019 and featured some familiar names: Jonathan Groff and Darren Criss.
"Jonathan is my best friend in the entire world, and the song we’re singing on the record, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ we’ve been singing together for over 10 years," Michele told People in 2019. She noted, "Darren and I are dear friends so it was only natural that I would have him come on the record with me."
Despite her sad goodbye to Glee co-star and ex-boyfriend Cory Monteith, Michele seems to be doing very well. She told People, "I just got married, and it’s a very happy time in my life with my family right now. So making this album and releasing it at this time in my life just made so much sense." In April 2020, People reported that Michele and husband Zandy Reich were expecting their first child.