'Glee' Star Jayma Mays Q&A: Talking Baking for a Cause, John Stamos and The Smurfs

April Peveteaux

jayma mays gleeJayma Mays is ridiculously charming every week on Glee as Emma, the on-again off-again romantic lead and high school guidance counselor with a bad case of OCD.

Mays is another celebrity who is throwing her weight behind Glad’s campaign to support Cookies for Kid’s Cancer along with Joan Cusack and Peter Facinelli. All three of these passionate celebrity spokespeople are leading teams to raise money for the cause and ultimately will help one fundraising family win the grand prize of a trip to St. Lucia through the Glad to Give program.

As delightful on Glee or off, Jayma threw down the gauntlet in the fundraising challenge and talked about her new love interest on Glee, Neil Patrick Harris and The Smurfs.

I know John Stamos will be coming on as your love dentist on the next season of Glee --

My love dentist! I’m stealing that from you. Love dentist.

I’m firmly on Team Will, but I want to know about the dentist. Does he have any special Glee quirks we need to be looking out for?

I wish I could help you, but I actually don’t even know myself! We haven’t even started shooting yet so I don’t even have a script yet.  I can only imagine that they’re writing something absolutely brilliant for him. The thought of a dentist is perfect because they seem to be hygienic. It could be a really good match for Emma.

So you don’t know if he makes Emma a woman?

Make her a woman! I have no idea. But I do think they should have a very long, intimate relationship. He needs to be on for a while.

Are you in the middle of filming The Smurfs?

I just wrapped. It was great. It was a really fun, challenging experience. It was something I’d never done before. You talk to dots and things all day. Most of my stuff was either with dots or Neil Patrick Harris -- who I just adore and think is wonderful and talented.

Which Smurf was Neil Patrick Harris?

Neil and I actually play humans. We play husband and wife and we’re pregnant with our first child. He’s a little bit apprehensive about it and my motherly instincts are trying to kick in. The Smurfs get sucked into a vortex and pushed out in New York City and into our lives and cause mayhem.

There’s only one girl Smurf, which is very strange when you start thinking about it. How does that work?

How do they reproduce?

I wouldn’t dare ask a Smurf that. I think they would be offended.

How did you get involved with Cookies for Kid’s Cancer?

Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease by children under the age of 18 in the U.S. I was really shocked when I read that and it’s something that stuck with me. I don’t think it’s something that a lot of people are aware of, to be honest. There is science out there to find the treatments and drugs for the kids, but there is no funding for it. I think it’s just heartbreaking.

This organization is trying to raise funds for the research for pediatric cancer and 100% of the profits go towards the research. I just thought, yes, this is definitely something I want to be part of and help out in any way I can.

I get the cookie baking vibe from you.

Yes! Yes. My husband and I were laughing because this campaign is perfect: I love cooking, I love kids and I hate cancer. It’s the perfect organization to be involved with.

I love the concept of this program too -- having bake sales to raise money. It’s a very simple, wonderful concept. Also, it’s a great way to get involved with your friends and your family and people that you work with. It’s rare that you find a program that is also beneficial for the people taking part in it.

And yes, I do like to bake. I have a rule. For every ten cookies I bake I get to eat one.

You’ll have your own team at the end of the competition, yes?

Yes. In November I’ll be having an online bake sale and competing against Joan Cusack and Peter Facinilli. You can let them know when you talk to them; that game is ON. I am ready to compete. I’ve started baking my cookies and my garage is full.

I was wondering if you were going to kick some Cusack butt.

I am. I am ready to go. Bathtubs are full. There are cookies everywhere.

Another aspect of this is we really want people to get involved and raise money for this wonderful organization. Right now Glad has products on the shelf that are specially marked and you can go home and enter an online code and they’ll donate a dollar to Cookies for Kid’s Cancer. From now until September if you host a bake sale of your own they’ll match the funds that you make up to $200,000.

What a good idea. Who does that anymore? Who hangs out with your family and friends in the kitchen? I just think it’s a wonderful idea and it’s fun and you’re doing something good and serving a wonderful organization.

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