'Glee' Star Blake Jenner on Joining the Cast, Getting Lost on Set and Pranks (VIDEO)

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Oxygen's Glee Project winner Blake Jenner has only been on FOX's Glee set for two days, but he already feels like he's part of the McKinley family.

"I was really nervous my first day on set, kind of like the new kid at school," Jenner, 20, told Celebuzz at Variety's 6th Annual Power of Youth event. "I felt like a sixth grader walking through the halls, but everybody is just so nice. I just couldn't feel anymore comfortable."

Even Glee veterans Darren Criss and Lea Michele have been supportive of the newbie. "When I run into them, they're like, 'Oh, are you having fun?' It's just awesome. It's like we're all friends and we're just trying to have fun doing what we love."

In fact, Jenner's biggest on set struggle might surprise you.

"I was looking for craft services during lunch," he said. "And I think I did 10 laps around Paramount before someone was like, 'Hey Blake, the sandwiches are in here!'"

Jenner will make his Glee debut on the fifth episode of the season, titled, "The Role You Were Born To Play." In the episode, McKinley's new student Ryder (Jenner) will get some guidance from Finn (Cory Monteith) on how to join the glee club. Rumor has it that Ryder might even try out for McKinley's fall musical -- Grease.

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted that Jenner's role on the show will "inspire many many people."

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 PM on FOX.




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  • JimmyMackey

    For some reason I was under the impression more Glee Project people were supposed to be on the show. When I saw Blake Jenner, I was thinking, “who the heck is THAT!” I didin’t see the Glee project, so I was clueless. Infusing some new people is what the show needs though, and some more realistic scripts. I actually wasn’t going to watch the show this year until I saw my Hopper recorded it with a PrimeTime Anytime recording. My DISH coworker thinks I’m crazy for being a middle-aged man who watches the show. I figure why not if my whole family likes it, and we get more variety with the way our Hopper records everything at night on the major networks.