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Hello! Canada -  Issue 450 - May 21, 2015

Just two months have passed since the curtain flee 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 to 31). Chord, 25, plays Nick, one of three kind-hearted if misguided buddies who struggle with the news that their friend is gay.

There was no singing and dancing in the movie. Was a departure from Glee the appeal?
It’s fun to change it up a bit. I just that the role was funny. It was a different take than I’d seen on the dynamic among [a group of] guys.
How have you been  enjoying your new found freedom?
I’m finishing up a recording. My dad’s 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.
Do you miss Glee?
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].
Tell us about the album.
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?
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 see 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?
No, when we were born my dad and mom put guitars in our hands and said, “This is what you’re going to do!”

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!”

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