Glee's Matthew Morrison hopes that his character, Will Schuester, will stay single for a while.
As he told UK Press Association, "I'd like Will to stay single - it's so interesting to play a newly single person. He's been married for 15 years, and now he has to figure who he is without someone else. It's fun to play with that. Also, it means I get to kiss a lot of women!"
Single Will Schuester benefits both Matthew Morrison as an actor as well as Glee characters Will and Emma.
Matthew Morrison gets to expand his depth as a actor by playing a single Will Schuester. He gets to explore a different range of emotions and situations. During the first half of the season, Morrison endeared himself to audiences by playing a wholesome idealistic teacher.
By the second half of the season, Matthew was able to show a different side by dirtying Will's image. Gleeks saw Schuester the Manwhore cuddling up with April (Kristin Chenoweth) and Shelby (Idina Menzel). He also showed a dark side in his manipulation/seduction of Sue Sylverster (Jane Lynch). By showing this new dark side, Morrison showed versatility as an actor, and this prevents him from becoming a milquetoast typecast.
And as Matthew Morrison pointed out, Will is just coming off a divorce and needs to figure who he is. Having never been with anyone other than his high-school sweetheart turned ex, going into another serious relationship would be unwise until he has enough time and experience to know what he really wants in a relationship.
Keeping Will as a single character also frees him to have powerful scenes with other female characters on the show. Some of Glee's season 1 highlights included his scene with Quinn in "Bad Reputations" and the somewhat creepy Rachel/Will storyline.
Keeping Will's ex-wife Terri would also benefit the show as she and her sister provide comic relief. It would be interesting to explore a cougar storyline between her and Finn or Puck as well as see what happened if she got pregnant for real.
As for Emma, it was refreshing to see her become more confident and assertive during the second half of the season. While many Gleeks would like to see Will and Emma eventually end up together, we realize that it shouldn't happen right away.
This new Emma is a vast improvement over her first half-season incarnation when she was a germophobiic virgin helplessly lusting after a married man. This new Emma sees both the good and bad of Will Schuester, is willing to call him out on it, and even has a boyfriend. And she's also going to therapy to cure her OCD. Until then, it's best for Matthew Morrison and the show if Will Schuester remains single.
Glee's Will wants to stay single, UK Press Association
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- Glee s Matthew Morrison
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