by Gina Scarpa
Abraham had his share of ups and downs during his time on The Glee Project. He found himself at the top of his game during Danceability week, then struggled Adaptability and Theatricality. Despite continuing the video shoot on a twisted ankle and making one final plea to Ryan Murphy to keep him during this week's Tenacity episode, he was eliminated from the competition. Today, we talked to Abraham about why it was so important for him to make it onto Glee, what Ryan's words meant to him, and androgynous-gate.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: It was very clear on this week's episode how much you wanted to get onto Glee. Why was that so important to you?
A. Abraham: Glee's definitely important to me because I mean, it's different from other shows. It's groundbreaking on so many levels. It's been a huge factor in shaping a new culture of anti-bullying and greater tolerance. Whenever I wanna be a part of something, it's something that matters deeply to me. I wouldn't do something just for the sake of doing it. I've been a fan of Glee since the pilot. I have become a greater and greater fan since then.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What was your performance experience prior to The Glee Project?
A. Abraham: My acting experience was non-existent. I have no acting experience prior to The Glee Project. I have no format singing or dancing experience prior either, believe it or not. I sang in the shower and the acoustics make you sound really, really good. I was going to go to law school, I was never really given that permission to pursue that.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Speaking of, how did your parents take you doing the show?
A. Abraham: My mom and I had a very long talk about that! Literally, we talked about it for a while. For her, it was a tough because I said, "Oh sorry, I'm going to go do the opposite of what you want me to do." She's happy for me, she watched the show every week. She was really, really upset this week when I got eliminated. My dad isn't quite as supportive as my mother. I think it's just how badly you want it and I feel like the greater the cost, the greater the fruition of it all... not to sound like a Hallmark card!
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You landed in the bottom a few times this season. Why do you think you ended up there when you did?
A. Abraham: I'm just gonna be real! I didn't deserve to be in the bottom three last week! Adaptability was a hot mess of an episode but then Theatricality, I did not feel like I should've been there. I feel like I worked it out. It's getting to the point in the competition, especially in the past two weeks, where everything you do is being scrutinized.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Theatricality week brings me to my next question. I didn't think it was fair that Nikki had a problem with you not answering the androgynous question. I felt like it wasn't her business!
A. Abraham: Yeah, honestly, I've gotten questions like, "Are you offended by the word androgynous?" I get that David Bowie was but she could've said it like, "David Bowie is androgynous, do you consider yourself androgynous like him?" She could've gone about it like that. The connotation was very insinuating. I felt a little judged. My thing is... and I know Dani Shay feels the same way... I did not like labels. Growing up, I was not the typical guy. I was biking and playing soccer but I also played with an EZ Bake Oven. Everybody is different in their own way. I don't feel like I have to consider myself androgynous or any one label. It was just interesting. It was made into a much bigger deal than it was.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I'm sure you get asked this a lot but do you feel like the fact that you came back on stage to talk to Ryan and the mentors had anything to do with your elimination?
A. Abraham: No. Ryan is very interesting and when I came back out on stage, he said that he could still write a role for me. I was really happy to hear that. When I went back on the stage, it wasn't me being crazy. They didn't have to bleep me out like they did. For me, it was when somebody questions my character or integrity, which you didn't get to see... they asked if I was faking my injury... they barely commented on my performance. If I had gone home without standing up for myself, my mama would've kicked my booty! I felt with love and respect comes honesty. I have no regrets. Ryan is great and it was so flattering to hear him say he could still write a role for me.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What do you want to do from here?
A. Abraham: I'm open to anything. I don't feel like confining myself to one path. I would love to pursue acting more. I'm starting training for the first time. I'm working really, really hard.
The Glee Project airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Oxygen.
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