'Glee' spoilers: Ashley Fink talks finale, tour
Ashley Fink, the newest member of "Glee," says fans may channel their inner Macaulay Culkin when they watch the upcoming second season finale of the FOX musical comedy series.
Warning: Spoiler alert!
"To say it's epic is an understatement - I think our fans are going to do the Kevin McCallister from 'Home Alone,' " Fink told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "I mean, there's drama. We do go to New York and we really filmed in New York and that's amazing and we do a number in Time Square and Central Park and Washington Square Park and the Lincoln Center. It's crazy! We took over."
Culkin rose to fame as a child star with the first two "Home Alone" comedy movies. His scream pose became one of the most iconic images of 1990s pop culture.
Last week's episode of "Glee" featured the glee club members singing "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" as part of a touching tribute at the funeral of the sister of cheerleading squad coach and villain Sue Sylvester. The finale will feature them competing in an annual national singing contest.
"It's like ... Prom! Funeral. Nationals! I guess it's like life, you know, it's a rollercoaster," Fink told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I can tell you we were all balling when we were filming the episode. It's really sad ... Pavarotti already died! That's two this season! p>
Pavarotti was a pet bird who was also the mascot of a rival glee club, the Warblers.
"Patti LuPone is like God, so we all freaked out," Fink said. "And only Lea [Michele] is in the scene with her, but we all sort of showed up for no reason and were like 'Hey, just grabbing a bagel. Patti LuPone! That's crazy, I had no idea you were going to be here, I'm a really big fan! Can I get a picture?'"
Fink, who plays glee club member Lauren Zizes, also said she doesn't mind being a plus-sized role-model for girls and that she doesn't see it as an issue on the show.
"I get that question a lot and I kind of think that in the media, these stereotypes are so prevalent, but in real life they're not and I'm so honored to be a role model for girls," Fink said. "I've gotten so many letters and an outpouring of people thanking me for representing and I'm so honored to do that. But at the same time, anybody can be on 'Glee,' it doesn't matter your size or shape or your ethnicity or your sexuality. That's the beauty of it."
The "Glee" cast wrapped up their season last week and will go on a 16-city North American tour this summer. The "Glee Live! In Concert" tour will also include cast members Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss.
"It's basically like watching an episode of the show," Fink said. "We do a bunch of numbers from the season, mostly season two numbers that the fans have loved and we just perform them and sing them live and we're all in character and stuff."
Fink also revealed that there will be a 3D movie by the end of the summer from one of the live concerts and backstage footage. She also said that the group only had four days of rehearsal for the tour, which will require two performances a day for a month and a half.
The tour kicks off on May 21 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. It will feature songs from seasons one and two including "Empire State of Mind," "Toxic," "It's My Life," and "Don't Stop Believin'." Check out the full list of cities here!
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).