Max Adler Dishes on Being a 'Glee Project' Mentor and His Future on 'Glee' (Exclusive)
Max Adler, aka Karofsky to all you Gleeks out there, is the guest mentor on this Sunday's episode of 'The Glee Project,' and we got to talk to the Arizona native about everything from the competition series to his future on 'Glee.'
Max was asked to help the 'Glee Project' contestants to tap into their tenacity for the upcoming episode, which is something the 25-year-old knows all about. He got his start on 'Glee' with just two lines, but Ryan Murphy liked him so much that he ended up being a major character in Season 2.
Will you be seeing more of Karofsky this fall? Maybe. Find out what he has to say about the 'Glee Project' contestants, playing his more-than-meets-the-eye character and what he hopes will happen on 'Glee' next season in our exclusive interview below. 'The Glee Project' airs on Oxygen on Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m.
JSYK: Hi, Max! We're psyched to see you on 'The Glee Project.' How did it feel to be a guest mentor on the show?
Max Adler: Thank you! It was an honor and a privilege just to be asked to come on to the show. I had talked with Darren (Criss) about what I could expect, and he just said "Oh man, it's such a blast just go in there and have fun!"
I was blown away by every one of them. Each of them has such a distinct, original, unique quality to them. They are all stars in their own way. Whether it be physically, or personality wise, or vocal talent, or all three, each of them has such a shining talent that would fit right in on 'Glee,' and if they don't win 'The Glee Project,' I could see them all finding success in the business for sure.
Robert Ulrich did a phenomenal job of putting together such an incredible group.The thing that amazed me the most was that in the midst of this fierce, stressful competition, because after all, that is what The Glee Project is, these kids all were having so much fun with the challenges, and with each other, and there was in incredible support system and a bond that was crystal clear to see. Very cool to watch.
JSYK: Which contestant were you most impressed with?
Max: There honestly is not just one that I can answer this with. Honestly, all of them has something that pops and that makes them a star. Each person possesses something that nobody else has, which makes them special, unique, and makes them them. Which also applies to everybody in the world ... not just the kids on the show!
Whether it be Samuel's intense passion and fire and electricity; or Alex's voice and confidence; or Marissa's talent and acting chops and beauty; Lindsay's eyes that pop from a mile away and a voice to match; Damian's crooning abilities and the twinkle in his eye, and of course yes, that accent; Cameron's incredibly unique voice and his self confidence; Hannah's infectious laugh and smile ... they are all so hard to take your eyes off of. Stars.
JSYK: What's harder: being an actor on 'Glee' or being a contestant on 'The Glee Project'?
Max: Wow. Great question. They are both very, very hard and challenging, however, very different animals to tackle. Being an actor on 'Glee,' there is the pressure to learn your lines accurately for scenes, or the cast to learn songs or dance choreography all in record time, and then deliver 100% performance ready as soon as the cameras are rolling -- and there is a crew of hundreds watching you. There is also an incredibly dynamic of support and encouragement and laughter on the set between all the cast who is all rooting for each other to succeed because we are all working towards the same goal: making the show, and the message of the show, the absolute best it can be.
With 'The Glee Project,' there are the same challenges of learning so many new things so quickly, and most of the time with very, very little sleep. The main difference is, they don't already have the job. They don't have the storyline yet, the character yet, they aren't on set, and at any moment this could all be taken away from them and the rug can be pulled out from underneath them. So much pressure! While there is the element of friendship and support on 'The Glee Project,' there is also a very heavy feeling in the air or competition. That is a big difference. However, like I said before, even if they get cut from 'The Glee Project,' I truly see them all going on to succeed in this field.
JSYK: Do you think Karofsky will get a chance to sing lead on a song next season? Is that something you'd be interested in?
Max: We shall see. It remains to be seen. Guess you gotta just wait and watch Season 3, huh?! Would I be interested in it? Of course. I love to sing, and think it would be a blast on the show and in the recording studio, and I do come from a singing background being in choir and show choir and all, but for me, I think to have Karofsky sing just to sing for the heck of it could be a mistake. I think for Karofsky to sing, the situation and the circumstance would have to demand it and come to a boiling point where there MUST be a song, and only a song, and the lyrics of that song, could express him and his feelings in a way that the dialogue in a scene might not be able to.
JSYK: Are you working on any other projects right now?
Max: Yes, I just completed a film called 'Detention of the Dead.' It is a stylish, comedy horror film that is somewhat of a cross between 'Breakfast Club' and 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Zombieland,' and has a very John Hughes/'80s-type vibe. I had such a blast shooting that. Next up is the Vietnam war era story, 'AWOL.' I am shooting that in August with Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden and Austin Stowell. It is an amazing script based on true events and I am honored to be involved with it. In between that, I am going to Vegas to host a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy, one of the charities I work with, in honor of my late mother and grandmother, who were both affected by the disease. Also, I am going to Birmingham in the UK to appear at a 'Glee' convention and meet-and-greet all of our amazing UK fans overseas! Excited for that as well.