| Isaac Bendele
A few minutes speaking with Alex “Unique” Newell and his fierce passion comes bursting out. Quorum Columbus
was lucky to get some time with him to see where he
draws his “Unique” inspiration. With moments of humility mixed with a splash of diva, the conversation was anything but ordinary.
Q: Many people, at some point while growing up have a moment or small moments that they start to realize their sexual orientation may be different than some of those around them. Did you experience moments like this and how long did it take to process before you shared your I experience?
A”U”N: You know, most people have just a thought and you just live that way, not thinking that you are hurting anyone or doing anything against anyone. I feel like when I told my mother, she had already known. I mean, I wasn’t the typical regular boy doing normal boy things. Instead of playing football I would go shopping. I thought that was fun. I would rather spend most of my time with my aunt rather than my uncles. I never really knew anything other than how I would live my lifeI never really had that moment.
Q: Did it make you a little apprehensive dancing and singing with so many people you respected on Glee?
A”U”N: It always made me nervous. I mean, Heather Morris literally touched Beyonce! I am Beyonce’s worshipper. I love her dearly. It was a bit scary. I’m dancing with these people who have done this longer than me and who are all older than me. Obviously it would make me nervous. I was only 19, walking on the set with these amazing talents that have been working and perfecting their craft,. Now I get to walk in their steps doing the same.
Q: So, you are a bit of a fashion guru. What are some of the places you gain inspiration?
A”U”N: I get inspiration from every walk around life. I could literally walk down the street and see something and say I need to recreate that any way I can. Gwyneth Paltrow, at the 2012 Oscars, wore this extremely elegant white, cape by Tom Ford. That was my inspiration for the SAG awards this year. I could look at a tree, and if looked like I could pull it off as an outfit, I’d probably come up with an idea to make it. It’s literally anything.
Q: Do you have a color you are drawn to?
A”U”N: My favorite color is purple. It is the color of royalty and it looks really good on me. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Don’t get me wrong; every color looks great on me. It makes me happy when I wear purple.
Q: Is there advice you would offer those who want to get into performing or the music industry?
A”U”N: Work as hard as you can until you are the best at what you do. You can’t always assume that someone will like you just because you are you. You have to find that, and I hate saying that word, the unique part about you. Everyone giggles when I say that word myself. You have to always be confident in your talent. If you know you’re the best, nothing can stop you.
Q: Do you find that memorizing your lines and lyrics comes easily to you, or is that something you’ve had to work at?
A”U”N: I find it’s not sentences, it is actual words. I will forget how to say a word. When I sang “Meadowlark” from “The Baker’s Wife,” I would always say wind (stream of air) not wind (change direction). The line is, “Of the meadowlark who lived where the rivers wind.”
Don’t ask me why I’d been saying wind I don’t know what was my problem. Words and I don’t go together.
Q: Do you see yourself pursuing more acting or looking toward Broadway?
A”U”N: I don’t know yet, I’m still young. Every role on Broadway is older. Nobody who is 20 is playing a 50 year old. If “Dreamgirls” comes to Broadway, I’d kill every black woman who decided she’d want to play Effie White just so
I could play Effie White. But I just want to see what is out there for me.
Q: Glee had you experiment some with gender. How important do you think it is to show things of that nature
A”U”N: Its extremely important to show people what actually goes on in life. Most people in America lash out about things they aren’t educated on. If you educate them, they get a better understanding. You can’t really judge something if you know nothing about it. And until you know something about it you can’t judge it. And you still can’t judge it because you aren’t the person who is going
through it. So it is definitely important for me and others to show trials, tribulations and happiness that go on in
Alex “Unique” Newell is beginning filming for Glee’s fifth season as part of the main cast. If his past performances and tenacity his for improving his talent is any sign of what to expect, audiences are in for a show!
Alex Newell, star of Fox’s hit show, GLEE, will make a special appearance at Axis Nightclub on Saturday September 21, 2013.