Idina Menzel Talks 'Glee' and Watching Husband Taye Diggs on 'Private Practice'
by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Oct 17th 2010 11:00AM
In an interview with TV Squad, Menzel said she'll be singing two songs from her time on 'Glee,' including the Lady Gaga song 'Poker Face,' which she famously sang opposite Lea Michele.
Menzel's character, Shelby, was the coach of the rival glee club, "Vocal Adrenalin" and was revealed to be Rachel's (Michele) mother who gave her up for adoption. At the end of the episode, Shelby told Rachel she couldn't be a part of her life, but did adopt cheerleader Quinn's newborn child.
Menzel told us that understanding the character's controversial motives was difficult because she had just given birth to a son in real life with husband Taye Diggs.
"I didn't understand that. So you want a young baby, but why would you leave your old baby?" she asked of her 'Glee' character. "Why not have both? It was really hard for me."
She also talked about how her 'Glee' character was originally just brought in as the rival coach and the decision to make her Rachel's mother came later.
"I don't think [Ryan Murpphy] intended it to be," she said. "He was thinking of me for the coach and then they combined it all because they wanted to make the fans happy, I think."
She also admitted that she needs to catch up on her husband's ABC show 'Private Practice,' which has been piling up on her DVR.
"Lately, he and Kate Walsh['s character] have been getting it on," she laughed. "I wanted to come see him on set one day, but he said, 'Ah, maybe today's not the day.'"