Glee premiered eight years ago and gave us six iconic seasons in teen television history. Besides its toe-tapping, heart-belting musical numbers, we fell in love with the characters roaming the hallways of McKinley High. Now that the series has wrapped, what has the cast been up to since then you ask?
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Lea Michele (“Rachel Berry”)
After the end of Glee, Michele left the high socks and cashmere sweaters of Rachel Berry for the neck-brace and, later on, fur coats and murderous tendencies of Hester Ulrich, the sorority girl-turned-psychopath in Ryan Murphy’s other show Scream Queens. She also has a starring role in the upcoming sci-fi show Dimension 404 alongside Sarah Hyland and Constance Wu.
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Chris Colfer (“Kurt Hummel”)
After the series ended, Chris has only done a couple of guest appearances on shows like Hot in Cleveland and the Ab Fab movie. Instead, he has focused on becoming an author, publishing a best-selling children’s novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, the first in what will be a series.
Darren Criss (“Blaine Anderson”)
After Darren hung the beloved Warblers blazer, he took a guest role on the fifth season of American Horror Story, and will appear in the upcoming musical crossover episode of The Flash and Supergirl. But most prominently, he rocked the high heels previously worn by Neil Patrick Harris in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Jenna Ushkowitz (“Tina Cohen-Chang”)
Since Jenna left the character of Tina Cohen-Chang, she took over Kimiko Glenn’s role in the Tony-nominated musical Waitress, based on the 2005 movie with music by Sara Bareilles.
Amber Riley (“Mercedes Jones”)
Amber has continued to use the incredible musical chops of her character Mercedes, appearing in NBC’s live production of The Wiz in 2015, with a guest role in The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and taking over the iconic role of Effie in London West End’s production of Dreamgirls, which she absolutely slayed.
Kevin McHale (“Artie Abrams”)
Since Glee, Kevin has had a couple of TV appearances, most prominently on the upcoming ABC miniseries When We Rise, about the modern LGBT civil rights movement.
Naya Rivera (“Santana Lopez”)
Even though she may not have been as present on our TV sets as when Glee was on the air, Naya has kept herself pretty busy. She went into the recording studio for her album, booked a coveted role in Lifetime’s Devious Maids, published an autobiography, and gave birth to a child.
Heather Morris (“Brittany S. Pearce”)
Besides giving birth to her two (2!) children, Heather decided to focus on web-based series and TV movies like Pyscho Wedding Crasher, Go Go Boy Interrupted, and LA LA Living.
Dianna Agron (“Quinn Fabray”)
Dianna seems to have found a niche in independent cinema since graduating from Glee as head cheerleader and heartbreaker Quinn Fabray. She has starred alongside huge names like Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Shannon, Alison Brie, and Aubrey Plaza. It’s only a matter of time before she headlines her own film.
Harry Shum, Jr. (“Mike Chang”)
Harry left Mike Chang’s dancing shoes behind and has found a spot in more action/ adventure projects like the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on Netflix, and he currently stars as Magnus Bane in the TV adaptation of the best-selling series Shadowhunters. You know it. You’ve seen it.
Matthew Morrison (“Mr. Will Schuester”)
After finishing his Emmy-nominated role as Mr. Will Schuester, Matthew had a couple of recurring roles in big hit series like Younger and The Good Wife. But, as many other Glee cast members did, he returned to his Broadway roots, starring in Finding Neverland as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan’s adventures in Neverland, based on the 2004 film.
Jane Lynch (“Sue Sylvester”)
Apparently one Emmy was not enough for this comedy now-legend. After Glee wrapped, Jane went on to win another one for her hosting duties in the incredibly entertaining Hollywood Game Night. She also starred in CBS’ short-lived Angel from Hell, but we’ll sure she’ll be starring in something else in no time.
Grant Gustin (“Sebastian Smythe”)
Grant Gustin went from playing a supporting character in Glee to becoming a lead superhero in a hit TV series. Grant now plays The Flash in The CW’s eponymous adaptation, which catapulted him to global fame faster than his character can run.
Melissa Benoist (“Marley Rose”)
Same as with Gustin, Melissa Benoist went from her musical role in Glee as good-girl Marley Rose, to superhero celebrity by starring in Supergirl. In a couple of months she will reunite with Grant and Darren in a crossover musical episode that’s poised to be the event of the season.
Blake Jenner (“Ryder Lynn”)
Blake Jenner started out in the reality spin-off The Glee Project, which landed him the coveted role of the athlete-with-a-heart-of-gold Ryder Lynn. After the series wrapped, Blake has found some big successes in indie films like Everybody Wants Some!, The Edge of Seventeen, and Sundance darling Sydney Hall. Expect to see a lot more of him.
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