And I just want to say, to anyone here who maybe doesn’t believe in love yet, I’ve been there, and I’ve definitely been someone who’s very like, cynical and jaded, and I thought that love was a bedtime story. And I guess what I want to say is that, for me now looking back, I realise that I was kind of missing out on a lot of things by feeling that way, and even though I think it’s okay if you’re not there yet or you don’t think it exists, I hope that for you, and I believe that for you; that one day you’ll feel it in some way, whether it’s between you and a friend or whether it’s something super serious, I don’t know.
—  Hayley introducing ‘The Only Exception’ at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (May 17th)

they just said that the “first 2 series the hawks played werent at all physical” um did u forget we played nashville… the predators… the nashville predators

Chord Overstreet: The Glee Star Opens about his TV family, passion project and Nashville roots.

Just two months have passed since the curtain fell on Glee, but Chord Overstreet isn’t resting on his laurels. “I thought I would relax, but no, I kind of have to do stuff,” the actor tells Hello! on a call from his native Tennessee, where he’s working on a passion project: a debut album. We caught up with the star-who became a household name playing heartthrob Sam on the show-before the unveiling of yet another venture: the world premiere of Fourth Man Out, a dramedy set to open at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 21-31). Chord, 26, plays Nick, one of the three kind-hearted if misguided buddies who struggle with the news that their friend is gay.

There’s no singing and dancing in this movie. Was a departure from Glee part of the appeal?

CO: It’s fun to change it up a bit. I just thought the role was funny. It was a different take than I’d seen on the dynamic among (a group of) guys.

Do you miss Glee? 

CO: Yeah. It was fun. I loved it. [The Cast] is basically your family…I keep in touch with all the guys. I actually talked to Matt [Morrison] yesterday about coming up [to see him in Finding Neverland on Broadway]

Have you been enjoying your new-found-freedom?

CO: I’m finishing up recording. My dad has been a country-music-songwriter for like, 40 years, so I grew up around country music and learning from him. It’s pretty natural to come back here and finish a bunch of music stuff.

Tell us about the album.

CO: It definitely has a country influence. It could be coming out soonish, but I don’t have a date set yet.

Is getting back to Tennessee important to you? 

CO: Yeah. I was working so much on the show that I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with family. Now I’m enjoying coming back here and getting to spend time with my nephews, and my brother and sisters, mom and dad. It’s good.

Some actors need a fall-back plan to satisfy their parents’ concerns about the future. There was none of that in your family?

CO: No, when we were born my dad and mom put guitars in our hands and said, “This is what you’re going to do!”


In March, Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece became the singer’s third LP to top the Billboard 200. It’s also the final installment in the six-album deal she signed with RCA Records immediately after winning American Idol’s first season, in 2002. Clarkson says she’s loving her new freedom. “Man, I have no frigging clue what’s coming next, but it’s going to be fun,” she says, calling from her Nashville home. “I haven’t ever been able to pick who to work with as an artist, so it’s nice now that it’s a choice. It’ll be cool to ‘Breakaway,’ for lack of a better term, and see what’s out there. If I want to make a country record, I’ll make a country record. If I want to make an R&B record, I’ll make that. I’ve made enough money in my career. This is just the cherry on top.”

So does this mean that you can finally burn all the existing copies of From Justin to Kelly?

[Laughs] No, I think I would have to own it first. But that is something I will look into. I have a little joke with our nanny, because she told me she loves that movie. She was like, “My roommate and I used to watch it all the time! I’m totally going to show your daughter From Justin to Kelly.” I’m like, “I will fire you.”

You went back to Idol recently as a guest mentor. Would you ever consider rejoining the show on a more permanent basis as a judge?
[Ed. Note: This interview took place before the announcement that Idol will end after its next season.]
I actually love the mentoring process. It was nostalgic to be there – it was the same hallway that I was warming up in 13 years ago, when I was 19. It did make me feel a little old. But it was really cool. When I went on that show, I thought maybe I would end up being a backup singer for someone. So I couldn’t have wished for more.

Would you really consider making an R&B album, or was that just an example?

People always tell me I should do a covers album because of all the fan requests I do at shows – from Foo Fighters to Coldplay to Patsy Cline. And on the radio right now, you have everything from Sam Smith to Zedd to Tove Lo. There’s a little bit of everything, and that’s cool.

People have noticed that your new “Heartbreak Song” sounds a lot like Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.” Were you surprised by that comparison?

I didn’t write the song, I just sang it. But I didn’t catch that. Nobody behind the scenes did. What’s funny is that I was a huge fan of that Jimmy Eat World album! We actually thought our song sounded like the Postal Service – that was our big concern. I thought it was really cool of Jimmy Eat World to say, “Hey, no harm, no foul.” There are only so many chords. I felt so bad for Pharrell when he got sued – he’s a huge fan of Marvin Gaye, and you know he didn’t mean to rip him off. And he’s the sweetest guy ever. It sucks.

You recently came out in favor of legalizing marijuana. How come?

I’m not even a pothead, I just think it’s funny that we legalize something as destructive as alcohol or pills and not that. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some alcohol, but I don’t know anybody in rehab because of pot. And I know a ton of people that have died either from liver cancer or behind the wheel. We legalize things that are so disturbing for our bodies, but one that’s completely fine, we say, “No, that’s bad for you.” I’m like, “Okay, enjoy your scotch. Enjoy your Xanax.”

You’re married to Reba McEntire’s stepson. Are your Thanksgivings basically like the CMAs?

Yes, we give out awards every time [laughs]. No, our family gatherings are just a bunch of grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Our job is very egocentric, so it’s nice to be able to reflect on something else.

What do you do for fun when you have a night off?

We have a movie theater in our house, and we just watched Interstellar. Oh, my gosh, it’s so trippy! I want to be an astronaut at this point. We also play board games. My sister, my mom, me and Reba are the gamers in the family. Everyone else we just drag into it. Who wins? Reba and I are both competitive – she’ll tell you she’s not, but she’s a liar. I can win Sequence, but if we play backgammon or Mexican Train dominoes, she kills me. She’s like a backgammon magician.

You’re a well-known Jane Austen fan. Who’s your favorite Austen character?

That is hard! Persuasion is my favorite book, but my favorite character – I’m going to be so cliché right now and say Elizabeth Bennet, even though Pride and Prejudice is not my favorite. I like her boldness. But my favorite character from a book is Jane Eyre, actually. She’s thrown every hurdle known to man – she was never shown love, she was thrown into that orphanage, she was fighting just to exist, and then she ends up falling in love with this tortured guy. And I love that she never caved or succumbed to a dark side. When you’re thrown into the worst parts of your life, that’s what really shows your character.

There’s a campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill instead of Andrew Jackson. Who would you put there?

Oh, Lord. I love that idea. We should probably put Oprah. I feel a little bad about taking someone else off, though. That’s kind of the worst slap in the face. Andrew Jackson is somewhere really pissed off.

Speaking of presidents, the election is starting to get in gear. Do you like any of the candidates?

I’m a fan of Hillary. She’s badass. I don’t just want a woman to win, I want the right person. And I think she’s also that.

Would you ever consider running for office? You’ve proved you can win a national vote.

Oh, my God, that’s the worst job in the world. It’s like being a football coach. When things are going well, the coach is just lucky, and then when everything goes to shit, it’s all the coach’s fault.

You recently introduced a line of greeting cards. Help me out here. What’s an appropriate situation to give someone a Kelly Clarkson greeting card?

Well, they’re all based on humor. I like a good laugh. Even if you’re sad or it’s a birthday card or a sweet one for your mom, it can still be funny. My sense of humor is a little crass. I’m a little white-trash and a little class.

Yo Hunter you should do a Taylor Swift kinda thing and call all the hayniacs you can find and bring them to Nashville or wherever and you can jam and we’ll dance and stuff and you can put it in your music video.

Teá’s cheer captain and I’m on tumblr

Dreaming ‘bout the day when I wake up and find

That Taylor saw her sign

And invited her to Loft '89!

taylorswift Teá (swift-tea1989) will be seeing you tomorrow in Baton Rouge! She is my BFF and she sent me two Swiftmas packages!! She is a SWEETHEART. Her seats are in Section 105, Row 58, Seats 1-3. She’ll also be at the Nashville show where I get to meet her for the first time! Can’t wait!

ok but saying a team shouldn’t be a team bc they play in a warm state is so fucking ignorant like teams like anaheim and la and nashville have all brought in more money than you can imagine and those teams are helping expand the hockey market and get kids interested. ok like emerson etem grew up in long beach and look where he’s now- playing for the ducks making a living out of something he loves. the league would def not be as big if the teams were confined to “traditional” hockey markets which means less revenue for the league. so u cannot like a team for many reasons but if u say a fan base doesn’t deserve a team bc they live in a warm state ur just stupid and rude and u need to leave

taylorswift IM FLYING 3,200 MILES FROM NEW JERSEY TO IRELAND TO SEE YOU JUNE 29TH IN DUBLIN SO I CAN CELEBRATE MY 16TH BIRTHDAY WITH YOU LOVE YOU!!! ((also see you philly night two, both metlife, and both nashville!!!))

Nashville has well and truly fucked my body clock. I start work in 8 hours and I am wide awake. 

But, I had the most incredible time with some of the best weirdo’s I know, I haven’t laughed like that in so long and I never wanted the trip to end. It’s ok though, we have ParaHoy to look forward to and I can’t believe I’ll finally be meeting my heroes after 9 years waiting!

The Paramore show at the Grand Ole Opry was breath taking, and well worth the 4000+ mile trip, 9 hour layover and 7 hour flight delay. The emotion on that stage and in that crowd on Sunday was something like I’ve never seen at any other gig and I am truly proud to call Paramore my favourite band. I’ll never forget how choked up I got seeing the flags of countries people had travelled from for that one special show or how loud we sounded when Hayley held the mic to us. That show was special.