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Gloria Estefan to Play Santana's Mom on 'Glee'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:45AM
Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan is in talks to play Santana's mom on 'Glee.' How perfect a piece of casting would that be?! According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' Estefan will appear in the same January episode as Ricky Martin, who's reportedly playing McKinley High's Spanish teacher.

Martin is slated to headline two musical numbers in the episode, which will also feature Estefan's music and some other bilingual tunes. A source told 'EW' that the entire cast is "really really big fans of hers and we love her music and her husband's music."

This week on 'Glee' Santana came out of the closet only for her grandmother to disown her. However, Santana told her classmates that her (as yet unseen) parents were supportive of her coming out. So now the question is, if Glora Estefan is Santana's mom, then who's her dad?

Could it be ... Javier Bardem? Judging from speculation online, he'd be the popular choice with Gleeks. Plus, he's on record as saying he'd love to guest star on the show. Last year he said he was planning to show up in Season 2 playing a Spanish rock star.

Apparently Bardem pitched the idea to 'Glee' supremo Ryan Murphy when they worked on the movie 'Eat, Pray, Love' and Murphy loved it. Bardem joked, "We're going to rock the house ... We're going to do some heavy metal -- Spanish heavy metal, which is the worst."

Sadly for all of us that didn't pan out, but Bardem's still a great candidate for Santana's dad. He's got plenty of experience in comedies like 'Jamón, jamón' and 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona,' plus he must be able to carry a tune as he was reportedly considered for the role of Guido Contini in the musical 'Nine,' before the part went to Daniel Day-Lewis.

Despite Murphy reportedly mulling a ban on guest stars in Season 3, Estefan and Bardem whoever plays Santana's dad, will join Tamlyn Tomita, Keong Sim, Don Most, Valerie Mahaffey, John Schneider and Tanya Clarke as the parents featured so far.

Murphy told 'THR' back in July that "Across the board, a huge amount of fans want to see [characters'] parents," he said. "That's not to say we're going to heavily feature them, but I think it's interesting to see some of them -- not all of them."

Who do you want to see playing Santana's dad?

'Glee' airs Tuesdays at 8PM ET on Fox.

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Oh sure, it would make more sense if Santana was adopted!

December 07 2011 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wouldn't it make more sense and be more interesting if it was J.Lo - she does have acting experience, plus everyone likes her.

December 01 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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