The Project: Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) – Wheelchair-bound Artie is definitely the nerdiest of the group. A sensitive soul often targeted by bullies, he’s finally found a place to fit in: New Directions. Artie abruptly ended his blossoming romance with Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) when he discovered that she was faking her speech impediment, something that he found offensive as a person with a real disability. Some might say that Artie should take what he can get, but geeks are pretty chic these days. A geek is smart and nice and funny…and there’s always the possibility he’ll become the next Bill Gates.
The Gay BFF: Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) - Kurt is McKinley High’s most fashionable student, who wants to be out and proud, but worries about the effect that public knowledge of his homosexuality will have on his caring but ultra-hetero dad. Last season, Kurt came out to an oblivious Mercedes (Amber Riley) after she thought he was rejecting her romantic interest. Since that little misunderstanding, the two have become besties. Many of us have gay best friends, and some of us have been lucky enough to get them drunk enough to make out. But those hopes of conversion? Give it up, girls!
Mr. Ambition: Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) – Not to be confused with Jesse “Not-a-Saint” James (as if there could be any confusion), the latest guy dropped into the mix is actually the star of Vocal Adrenaline—New Directions’ rival glee club and biggest competition. After Rachel (Lea Michele) broke up with Finn, she met Jesse, who easily wooed her with a cheesy Lionel Richie song. Rachel is probably attracted to Jesse because (aside from having the face of an angel) he’s like a male version of herself: talented, driven, kind of selfish and a little conceited. Women have always been attracted to confident, talented men like Jesse, but as sexy as that kind of ambition can be, it doesn’t always leave room for relationships.
To get the Glee-ful conversation rolling…THIS particular Celeb Lover was all about Puck until Jesse rode into town. And now she’s just praying that Jonathan Groff sticks around much longer than the six episodes he signed on for, because he is just a little slice of heaven. Too bad he’s Lea Michele’s real-life gay BFF. Oh, the unfairness of it all.
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