McHale, who was only 21 years old when Glee premiered in 2009, explained that going through such a pop culture whirlwind—especially on a show that meant so much to so many different people—bonded the group of young actors intrinsically.
“We all grew up together. We grew up doing this really insane and unique thing,” he said. “It wasn’t even just shooting a TV show together. It was a TV show that became weirdly successful all over the world for different groups of people who didn’t normally have something like this on network TV.”
One person McHale hasn’t exactly kept in touch with, however, is Lea Michele, who played Rachel Berry and is currently starring on Broadway in Funny Girl. McHale said “I don’t have any plans” to see the production, adding, “I haven’t talked to her in a while, to be honest.”
Still, McHale has no doubts that his former co-star knocks it out of the park.
“She’s obviously extremely, extremely talented,” he said. “I’m sure she’s f–king phenomenal in it. Are you kidding me? She could do the role in her sleep.”