Glee's Jayma Mays Dishes on 'Wemma's Future, Lesbian Crushes, Nationals and More!

Wemma fans, rejoice! Glee‘s delightful Jayma Mays — that’s Emma Pillsbury to you — shared some very hopeful intel about McKinley High’s “Will They/Won’t They?” exes during a recent chat with TVLine. Actually, no topic was off limits during our talk with Mays — and that includes same-sex costar crushes, Emma’s OCD breakthrough and the Emmy buzz surrounding Tuesday’s Emma-heavy “Born This Way” episode (Fox, 8/7c).

TVLINE | Lots of Wemma scoop to get to, but since tonight’s episode is sort of their jumping off point to rekindling the romance, let’s start there.
“Born This Way” is actually a really great episode for Emma. Will comes up with this idea in the beginning that we’re all born the way we are, and we should be happy with that. But Emma takes that to believe that [having] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is who she is and it’s who she’s supposed to be — she should be happy with that, not really wanting to confront the fact that she has an issue that can be helped. He coerces her into seeing a therapist. We saw in the last episode that she finally realized that she ruined a marriage over this, so for her, it’s really the first time she confronts it as a real problem. And even though she goes into the therapist reluctantly, she comes out thinking maybe she can make a change.

TVLINE | Any chance Emma is involved in the big “Born This Way” musical number?
Emma actually helps out with the costumes for the “Born This Way” number. This is definitely something she wants to be involved with. The first scene in the episode, Emma and Will are talking and she says something about “being born this way,” so that spurs Will’s imagination to do this Gaga anthem. And then he asks her to join because he realizes that she may be able to benefit from this lesson as well. There are actually no more musical numbers this season for Emma that I’m aware of…so far.

TVLINE | You know there’s Emmy buzz surrounding your performance in “Born This Way,” right?
First of all, the whole Emmy buzz thing is terrifying. I just don’t understand. [Laughs]

TVLINE | It’s a compliment!
It’s very humbling; I just never know how to react to that. I start acting like a five year old and I have no more speech.

TVLINE | How was it working with Kathleen Quinlan? What does she bring to the story as Emma’s therapist?
Not to be too “thespian” or anything, but coming home from work that day, I called my manager right away and gushed about it being one of the most fulfilling days of work I’ve ever had. There’s something that Kathleen brings to the table that is so real, and for Emma, it was so important for that moment in therapy to be very soft and real, and to not make fun of it anymore. She had such a motherly quality about the way she dealt with that scene as a therapist, that it really made that moment so special for me. And I don’t know if it would have been with any other actress playing that part. There’s a switch there that Emma makes in that scene with Kathleen — that finally OCD becomes something different.

TVLINE | Will we continue to see Emma implement the tools she learns in therapy into her daily life?
We haven’t filmed that much since, so I can’t predict where the writers are taking her. But I do think that she is convinced enough in that moment with the therapist that this is something she’d like to pursue, working on getting better with her OCD issues. She realizes that maybe she doesn’t have to be ashamed about it.

TVLINE | The Glee cast is shooting in New York this week — any chance we’ll see Emma head to the East Coast for Nationals?
I still don’t know the answer to that question [Laughs]! I know it sounds bizarre, but I honestly do not know. I promise.

TVLINE | I believe you! But are you hoping you’ll get a last minute call to go shoot in New York this week?
Oh my gosh, yes. I would love to. Emma loves those kids so much, so any time she can support them, she will. That being said, New York for her might be OCD-overload. If she’s trying to get better, I can just see the therapist screaming “no, not yet!” They would have to wrap her in a bubble suit. I can’t imagine her being on the streets of New York City. Poor girl…

TVLINE | So no New York for now, but what about any cute Emma/Will moments in the upcoming prom episode?
There is no Will/Emma in the prom episode. That is all about the children, as it should be.

TVLINE | You have officially broken the hearts of Wemma fans around the world.
Oh nooo [Laughs]. I totally get that. And there’s a part of me that wants to be a part of that as well. But when you think about the character and what she’s been through, and what Will’s been through the past couple of years, the writers are really smart. First of all, you want people to want more, you don’t want to shove it down their throats. But I also feel that it’s smart to take things slow — it would be weird if they were right together again. But I know all about Wemma love — you do not have to tell me.

TVLINE | What about some cute, jealous April/Emma moments when Kristin Chenoweth returns?
First of all, I love this lady. I have such a crush on her. Even though she’s not and I’m not, I wish we were both lesbians. That’s what I wish. [Laughs] I kind of follow her around on set when she’s there… April and Emma don’t have any interaction, but I walk in on Will and April when they’re singing. Emma overhears April asking Will to hit the road with her, which is obviously a bit devastating for her. But Emma is the most positive, encouraging character that I know, so there’s a very big part of her that wants Will to go follow his dream of performing.

TVLINE | Does that maybe lead to a sweet moment for Wemma fans to look forward to?
There is one, but I don’t know exactly what he ends up deciding to do. Even though Emma and Will want to be together, they also want the best for each other, so Emma rightly feels that she should encourage the best for Will. That’s what’s so nice about their relationship. They’re good for each other, aren’t they? They’re nice to each other! [Laughs]

TVLINE | What do you want to see happen for Emma in Season 3?
I would never say what I want the writers to do, because they are way more clever than I am. But I imagine that this transition of Emma really tackling the OCD would continue through Season 3. That would be a guess of mine. And for me, it would be a nice thing to play. Even just the little things of seeing how her office may transform and how she dresses is going to be really interesting. That one little change of her seeing a therapist could catapult a whole multitude of ideas in everything she does.

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  1. AlistairCrane says:

    Can’t stand her. I want Terri to beat her @$$!!

  2. Jeremy says:

    I just wish more Emma (and other original cast) to have more screen time.

  3. John Berggren says:

    Jayma seems just as sweet as Emma. I’d have been lucky to have her in my high school.

  4. kelly says:

    Emma is my favourite character and I am so glad that she is getting a bit of character development at long last. I really can’t wait to see her journey and hopefully her friendship with Will, will build up again.

  5. silly says:

    I’m not a fan of Will & Emma… Don’t care if they are together or not!

  6. June says:

    Thanks so much for that interview! Jayma is so sweet and funny. Can’t wait for her performance in BTW.

  7. I_Captain Blanco says:

    “I have such a crush on her. Even though she’s not and I’m not, I wish we were both lesbians. That’s what I wish.”

    …I’ll be in my bunk.

  8. Naomi says:

    YES this all sounds so amazing, I can’t wait for all the Wemma. Not sure if I believe her about the prom because she has misled many fans in the past to protect the storyline.

  9. v says:

    Does anyone else just not care about Will/Emma anymore and find it totally disgusting that they didn’t have her sleep with her HUSBAND just so Will can end up popping her neatly-washed cherry?

    • AlistairCrane says:

      Agreed. It’s sickening.

    • j says:

      I would find it disgusting if they had her sleep with her husband when she clearly wasn’t emotionally/mentally ready for that step in her life. It was the same with her getting married. She wasn’t ready and it shouldn’t have been done.
      Emma is a fragile character and some hesitation in that area of her life would be expected. Not disgusting. At least she didn’t force herself, only to regret it later.

    • britt says:

      quite the opposite actually, i was gonna be mad if she lost her virginity to anyone except will. i guess we are all entitled to our own opinions :)

      • Nerdista says:

        But then why is it okay for Will to sleep around if he’s really in love with Emma? Why must the woman remain chaste? Yucky standards.

        • murley says:

          while i agree that is a prevailing standard, and is yucky, it isn’t accurate in this case. will didn’t sleep around. he made out with shelby. and he did sleep with his ex-wife, to his regret, but i am pretty sure that was after emma started dating carl. also, in this case, the women remains “chaste” because she has ocd.

        • sadini says:

          Oh my god, it’s not because she’s a woman! It’s because she’s not ready to have sex and Will is. And she’s not ready because of her OCD, not because of her gender.

          There are tons of female characters on this show who are sexually active and even aggressive, so your point doesn’t make any sense. Does every female character have to subvert stereotypes and be a poster child for feminism?

  10. Jason says:

    First off, I have to admit to Jayma Mays being one of my top 5 celebrity crushes. She just always seems like a cute innocent down home kind of girl.

    Unfortunately, though, there are so many different things going on in Glee that I no longer feel a push for Will and Emma to get together like I once did. When she came out and said that her marriage was getting annulled I didn’t feel anything because we haven’t been involved in that relationship. That whole subplot felt contrived and there was no payoff when she told Will about it.

  11. Amanda says:

    Can’t wait for more Wemma although I think Jayma is lying about no Wemma in Prom.

  12. Anna Rose Warren says:

    Just read the whole article in her voice, gleeeek.

  13. Smiles says:

    Omg!! Reply 2 this if u think that Mathew Morrison is HOT!

  14. emma byrne says:

    they wud be gud 2gether :) :p

  15. avery says:

    not a fan of emma and will he should get back together with april. emma deservise more than will he isnt handsom enough for her

  16. Ken says:

    Whatever you do please get rid of Gweneth…its supposed to be about the kids like it said in the interview, not the wanna be singing career of some old has been!!

    • Mak. says:

      I couldn’t agree more. She’s boring, but some how manages to be ridiculously fake and over the top. Also, I find her relationship with Will just plain annoying.

    • Me says:

      Cant stand Paltrow. Would love to see more real Broadway stars of a certain age rather than washed up movie actresses suddenly feeling they can sing.

  17. operationitssofluffy!! says:

    I’m reading the comments and cant help but laugh at the negative comments that certain people have left. This is just a show, not real people.”Can’t stand her. I want Terri to beat her @$$!!” <—example A

  18. alo says:

    I still love the possibility of Will and Emma getting together. I love them together. The fact that Emma didn’t have sex with her ex is pretty silly, but so are so many other things about the show…so just go with it!

  19. TurnInMyGuyCard says:

    Therapy might change the way she dresses?! Noooooooo! Look, I’m a GUY, and I can’t get enough of her outfits (and yes – I said outfits). Don’t change, Emma! :)

  20. Noodle says:

    I predict things will go well with Will and Emma at Prom and Terri will show up pregnant. GASP!

    • Jane says:

      I predict your an idiot. You do realize that right now Terri would be 6 months pregnant by now right?

      Carl confirmed it has been 4 months in Sexy that Emma and Carl got married in SE.

      Will and Terri had sex in early November, you do the math moron. Not plausible for her to be pregnant this late and not even she knows.

  21. jojo juno says:

    yurr all stupid, god stop fighting. blaine and kurt were super cute in this episode!!!! :D

  22. John says:

    I don’t understand why there is Emmy buzz around her performance. If anyone should be getting nominated, It’s Naya. She has stepped her game up more than anyone else in season to.

    Jane Lynch may get nominated because she is defending champion, but I honestly don’t think she deserves it this year.

    • Tulip says:

      @John, I agree with most of your comments. However, I’d like to add that it’s not Jane’s fault that she doesn’t deserve an Emmy this year. The writers have not given her much good material to work with. She’s done her best with sub-par writing.

  23. F. says:

    Jayma Mays and Naya Rivera were perfection in this episode. I hope both of them will get nominated because they truly deserve it.

  24. R says:

    Jaymamazing!!! Love her. She seems so sweet.

  25. R says:

    *AND agreed Jayma was great in Born This Way but Naya totally stepped it up more than anyone else. She is awesome.

  26. Emily says:


  27. i Think will shuester stay in lima Ohio because he will miss his kids teaching about music in glee club that makes him more fammous
    already is and for apirl rhodes she will hidding off to brodway by herself and find her man she been looking for and for emma she would having a baby with carl howell and that’s it