We recently were lucky enough to have Lauren Potter, who plays the role of Becky Jackson on Glee, answer a few of our questions. You probably remember Becky from the episode “Wheels” when she auditioned for the Cheerios squad, and actually made it! The episode as a whole was definitely a fan favorite, so we’re happy to see Becky’s return to Glee for the next 2 episodes!
I’m sure you’ve been asked this a million times, but could you talk a little bit about how you got cast as Becky?
I got a call from Gail Williamson at Hearts and Halos (the Down Syndrome Association of LA talent agency) that Glee was looking for a girl to play “Becky Jackson”. I went for an audition, got a call back and then I got a call saying that I got the part!
How did you feel when you got the good news?
I was soooo excited! I was jumping up and down and laughing and crying at the same time.
Had you done any acting before Glee?
I was in a movie called “Mr. Blue Sky”. It was written by Tom Lee, and the director was Sarah Gurfield. I played the part of young Andra Little. It is a really good movie about a girl with Down syndrome who falls in love with a “typical” boy.
Do you get to watch filming for any of the other scenes while you’re on set or do you just do your part? How about the dance numbers?
Oh yes, I get to watch a lot of other scenes. Wait until you see the moves in “The Power of Madonna”, it’s amazing! I love to dance, so I love the dance numbers.
What was it like to meet Jane Lynch? Her character isn’t exactly the kindest to yours on the show…
She is so great! I loved meeting her and working with her. She is so nice and such a cool person. She also has the same kind of dog as I do, a Wheaton terrier!
Have you gotten to meet all the cast? What is it like working with them?
All the cast is so nice and really fun to work with. It’s fun to hang out with them on the set. It feels like a big family when we are working together.
Do you know if Robin Trocki, who plays Sue’s sister Jean, will also be returning?
Robin is returning on May 4th for another episode. [Note: This would be the episode “Bad Reputation.”]
What do you think of Glee’s usage of characters with Down Syndrome?
I think it is great. A bunch of people have written to me to tell me how happy they are that I am on the show. I want them to see me as I really am, just a regular girl. The fans have been so great to me.
Do you think that Becky will return for any more episodes after “Home”?
I sure hope so! I want to be on a lot more! I love the show and all the cast and crew!
Lauren, thank you so much for answering our questions! Remember Gleeks, look for Lauren in tonight’s episode, “The Power of Madonna”, and next week’s episode, “Home.”