Matthew Morrison

As Mr. Schuester on the Fox-TV hit “Glee,” Matthew Morrison gets to help his students search for meaning in a world that often casts them aside while also seeking meaning in his own confusing life. The reality is that Morrison, 32, has been on a straight and solid track for some time. Pre-“Glee,” he was already a veteran of six Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza,” the latter of which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.”

Now that “Glee” has made him immediately recognizable to teens and other “Gleeks” across the country, Morrison has embarked on the next phase of his career — singing. His first album, called simply “Matthew Morrison,” came out May 10, and features guest stars Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting. Morrison will spend mid-June through late July touring the country.

Matthew Morrison



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How did you support yourself back in your struggling actor days?

I was a waiter for a little while, and I worked at the Gap in New York — I actually opened a couple of Gap stores. I was lucky enough that I got my first Broadway show when I was 19 years old.

So you’ve been making a living as a performer since you were 19?

I have. I was a waiter in high school, and then when I got to New York, the Gap was the job for me.

 
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As Mr. Schuester on the Fox-TV hit “Glee,” Matthew Morrison gets to help his students search for meaning in a world that often casts them aside while also seeking meaning in his own confusing life. The reality is that Morrison, 32, has been on a straight and solid track for some time. Pre-“Glee,” he was already a veteran of six Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza,” the latter of which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.”

Now that “Glee” has made him immediately recognizable to teens and other “Gleeks” across the country, Morrison has embarked on the next phase of his career — singing. His first album, called simply “Matthew Morrison,” came out May 10, and features guest stars Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting. Morrison will spend mid-June through late July touring the country.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

Photo by PR Photos

Once you became successful, what were some of the things you started to splurge on?

Honestly, I still don’t (splurge). I still live my life like a struggling actor — I feel like I’m going to be out of work at any second. I still have that mentality. The only thing I splurge on now is real estate. I own a home in New York and a home here in Los Angeles. Those are the two big splurges for me. That’s where I’ll stop.

In New York, real estate is a big splurge.

Oh, yeah. That was a big deal for me. I bought six years ago, when I was 27. I bought a really small apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. I love it. I was just there this whole week. “Glee” people had to stay at a hotel when we were filming there, and I got to go home. It was nice.

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As Mr. Schuester on the Fox-TV hit “Glee,” Matthew Morrison gets to help his students search for meaning in a world that often casts them aside while also seeking meaning in his own confusing life. The reality is that Morrison, 32, has been on a straight and solid track for some time. Pre-“Glee,” he was already a veteran of six Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza,” the latter of which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.”

Now that “Glee” has made him immediately recognizable to teens and other “Gleeks” across the country, Morrison has embarked on the next phase of his career — singing. His first album, called simply “Matthew Morrison,” came out May 10, and features guest stars Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting. Morrison will spend mid-June through late July touring the country.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

Photo by PR Photos

So basically, then, you’re living frugally, as if you were still struggling.

Really frugal. But it’s really true what they say: Once you start making money, they start giving you stuff. So I get clothes from people, and right now Audi’s letting me borrow a car. It’s kinda cool.

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