It’s been done before, and it will continue to be done, but Max George is the latest musician chasing his dream of acting. The Wanted singer has so far had a successful transition, having just finished a six-episode stint on Glee’s final season as Vocal Adrenaline’s pushy-yet-motivated Clint.
As the singer continues pursuing his dream, he is now living in Los Angeles and seeing what else is out there, but don’t worry Wanted fans — they are not done making sweet music any time soon. HELLO!’s Entertainment Director Alisandra Puliti caught up with the 26-year-old about his transition to reading scripts, living like an Angeleno and discovering which actress he wants to lock lips with on-screen.
HELLO!: Loved you on Glee, it was such a great fit for
you. Was it your first foray into acting?
Max George: Yeah, I got to play a villain which was actually quite a bit of fun. I got to sing as well, so it kind of worked. Before I was in the band, this is always something I wanted to do. This was my first real gig.
H: The people on Glee are so talented, did you have fun
with the cast?
MG: The cast has been awesome. Matt Morrison is such a pro and is an awesome guy. Jane Lynch, I spent a lot of time with her. She is amazing. Lea [Michele] has an amazing voice. She is extremely talented. All of them are, but she is incredible.
H: How did you not crack up doing those scenes with Jane?
MG: You kind of get used to it. After the first day, at the start, we would just watch her in awe because she is so good then you just sort of get used to it.
H: Is doing a rehearsal for Glee harder than prepping for
a tour with the Wanted?
MG: This was so much harder. I genuinely didn’t know I had to dance, and I never did that before. In The Wanted, it’s not a dancing band. When I arrived the first day, I got pushed right into rehearsal and it was ridiculous. I couldn’t walk when I got home. Rehearsal days were like 8 to 12 hours and the taping days were sort of 15 to 16 hours sometimes. I was dead after.
H: Do you wish Glee was sticking around another season?
MG: I knew when I signed on for it that it was the last season. I’m not too disappointed. Just moving on to the next thing now.
H: What is that? Looking for more acting roles?
MG: Yeah, it’s pilot season so there are a lot of pilots going on which I’m auditioning for. I’m with CAA and they’ve been brilliant with me so hopefully soon, hopefully in the next few weeks I will be on set again.
H: What can fans expect in terms of The Wanted?
MG: We are just taking a break. Nathan is very much concentrating on his music career as a solo artist. The rest of us are sort of taking a different approach to it, but we will still want to do shows. We are going to South America in a couple of months, we did a little tour in Mexico over Christmas. We took some time off to do different projects but still do sort of one-off tours with the band. I’m doing acting at the moment.
H: Have you heard Nathan’s new song, "More than You'll Ever Know"?
MG: I like it. He is very grown up. I sent him a message that he seems 10 years older and very mature. I wish him all the luck in the world.
H: You all have come such a long way since The Wanted Life! It was such a fun show, would you ever consider doing reality television again?
MG: It’s a possibility, but definitely more acting at the moment. I have some meetings with some television production companies about more scripted shows that sort of involve me playing the role of myself where it may be someone who was in a band.
H: Who has done the transition from music to acting right in your eyes?
MG:I'd have to say Mark Wahlberg. I think he's a fantastic actor and has gone on to show this in many different genres of film. For me, he would have to be my biggest career role model.
H: If you could pick any actor to be in a movie with, would you want it to be?
MG: At the moment, Tom Hardy. I met him a couple of times, but only very briefly. Once was at Elton John’s house a few years ago for a huge charity dinner. I just think [Tom] has done so well in every role he plays, whether it’s a love interest or playing a Batman villain. He plays it brilliantly.
H: And then who can forget the many perks of being an actor. Who would be your ideal actress to kiss on-screen?
MG: Probably Angelina Jolie because she is just a bad ass. I think that would be an alright choice. I’ll go with her.
H: Lastly, how is L.A. treating you? Are you liking it?
MG: I would say yes. I like it a lot. I’m a huge beach fan so I try to go to the beach in the mornings before I do anything during the day. That always wakes me up and makes me feel good about things. I’m from Manchester in England where it’s really cold and you don’t get beaches in Manchester so for me, I love it. I love going in the sea. I’m trying to master the art of surfing, but it’s not as easy as it looks. A friend of mine that I met at Glee, he is a like a pro. He’s been trying to teach me, but I’m not the most graceful in the water.
Good thing Max is when it comes to singing and acting!