She may not be recognized as one of the powerhouse voices of Glee, or the one who took home the Golden Globe, but the lovely Dianna Agron has captured the attention of Hollywood executives. Her supporting role in last year’s underrated The Romantics, plus a blip on the radar part in Burlesque, Agron has now stepped into the female lead role, opposite her real-life boyfriend Alex Pettyfer, in I Am Number Four.
In many ways, this film is a departure for Agron. Produced by Michael Bay, I Am Number Four is full of the requisite aliens and blow-‘em-up action expected to be found in a Bay film. Agron plays Sarah, a girl who falls in love with John, who just happens to be an alien. Her real-life romance with co-star Pettyfer is a subject she prefers remain private, but when it comes to Glee, Agron is happy to talk freely.
When asked if she has a favorite Glee episode, she smiles, “Say A Little Prayer” will always have that sentiment for me as an individual, because it was the first one that I did. Also, “Somebody to Love,” that was something that we had fun filming. “
Agron admits she enjoys the tribute episodes, as well. ” I think it varies. One of my favorite episodes to shoot was the Rocky Horror episode. Usually I like the more extreme characters that require more hair and makeup, and cemeteries and skulls are more interesting than bubblegum and lollipops to me. With the Britney Spears one, I wasn’t really involved too much, so it was fun to watch it come together. The Madonna episode, especially that girls’ number, so fun. But sometimes when you have too many of those…I miss the real intimate moments and the drama. I’m fortunate that our show deals with both, so you kind of get a taste of everything.”
Having successfully crossed over from television to film, when asked if she aspires to break out as a recording artist, as well, Agron laughs: “No, not really. I never solicited myself as a singer until I realized I could use that to a musical standpoint. I loved musicals growing up. Classic films were some of the only ones I watched. So when the opportunity came for the show to audition, of course it was all of a sudden, “I sing! I sing! Send me in, please. I beg of you.” And we’ve all grown as singers through the show and learned.”
One change in her life that Agron was not as prepared for is the price of fame. “On a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t really affect me much because the places that I go in LA very rarely have paparazzi, and if there are fans, they’re so nice and easygoing. Other times there are paparazzi that take photos and you don’t know they’re there. So you’re laughing, kicking up your heels and doing silly things. You don’t even realize it. And then they’re two feet away from your face and it’s invasive and it feels threatening, so you don’t want to be smiling. You just want to get out of that situation. You know people can look at it as, “why is she playful there and why is she so cool here?” It’s not that. It’s just literally, they’re shouting nasty things at you and they’re in your face. You can see a picture and people can interpret it different ways.”
But Agron tries to take it all in stride. ” As long as you’re getting to work and be a part of it—still having fun, learn to just not sweat it so much and keep doing the things you love. Keep going on hikes, keep having your friends in your life, keep that downtime sacred as well because as hard as you work in any job, it’s really nice to have the relaxing de-stressors. Stress is the worst thing. That’s the ultimate demise of any good thing. So yeah, just trying to keep it all grounded and keep it all normal. Have fun, do your job.”
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