The trailers for tonight's after the Super Bowl Glee episode have been depressingly lacking in one area. Where's Dianna Agron? Is our favorite Cheerio not cool enough to tease the Thriller and Katy Perry themed episode?
To hear Agron tell it, that's the story of her life. In an interview with E!, the actress painted a confusing picture of her real high school years:
I was never the cool kid. I had friends. I got by. I kind of explored different social areas of the school, [and] I had my girlfriends.
Now wait a gosh darn minute. The hottest chick on the Cheerios was a loser in high school? We know looks can be deceiving, and we hate to buy into high school stereotypes, but there's one glaring problem with this.
Just last week on GleeHab, I saw a picture of Agron in her high school yearbook that showed she was on her school's homecoming court, complete with pretty dress and special sash. It's been awhile since I was in high school, but generally it isn't the Glee club geeks who play prep princess. Sounds like somewhat of a "cool kid" to me.
I'm sorry, Dianna. You remain my second favorite member of the Glee cast, not least because you admitted you felt a little squicked about showing off all that skin in that GQ shoot (gasp, a star who doesn't want to take her clothes off?) last year. But I can't tell if you're being self-deprecating or you think this will make you more marketable to teens as you talk up I Am Number Four, your new movie with, yes, a teen main character.
It's true we don't need any more crazy young people who still manage to make insane gobs of money (ahem, Jersey Shore nutjobs) that make our kids think "yeah, I can do whatever I want, because it's all about the money!" We need nice, refreshing role models for our kids.
In fact, I love to hear our stars come out with stories of honest struggles in their high school years. Programs like the "It Gets Better" videos for gay teens have done an immense service to a nation of youth trying to mount the every day hurdles of high school, puberty, cliques, college pressures. Not to mention society's ever-present mindset that teens are sullen, self-involved and difficult.
But let's be real. Dianna, you play a cheerleader who got knocked up by her boyfriend's best friend, then lied about. You managed to have a teenage pregnancy and have almost none of the complications that go with it -- the baby, poof, disappeared, and your life came back. You're not someone we're parading out for our kids to watch right now, lest they think it's all that simple.
Does being "unpopular" make Agron more relatable to today's teens?
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