When TVLine first interviewed Vanessa Lengies about recurring on Fox’s Glee this season, she could only hope that sassy Sugar Motta would stick around beyond the introduction of the Trouble Tones. Now midway through Season 3 — and barreling into the show’s winter break — she must marvel at how things turned out. “I mean, look — I’m doing Regionals and dancing my ass off!”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Regionals are still a week away (hi, Community fans!), and before then there’s the none-too-small matter of Miss Motta’s Valentine’s Day revelry.
“Sugar is getting love from all angles in this week’s episode,” Lengies raves. “She’s having boys fight over her, her daddy is throwing her a rager, her outfits are just getting better and better…. All the cards are coming up Sugar, for sure!”
First turning to the aforementioned boys, as seen in the photo below, Sugar will have both Artie (played by Kevin McHale) and Rory (Damian McGinty) vying for her affections. “The person who does the confetti locker for her definitely wins that round,” the actress shares. “But there are multiple rounds of winning Sugar’s heart in this episode, which is really hard to do when you don’t know what she likes or is thinking at any moment.”
In fact, Sugar might not even necessarily have a strong point of view on either of her prospective suitors. “I don’t think she understands what a relationship really means,” says her portrayer. “All she knows is it’s not OK to be single” on this day of all days.
To that end, Sugar’s daddy opens his wallet to transform Breadstix into “The Sugar Shack” aka a venue for a couples-only Valentine’s bash. (After all, with her middle name to be revealed as Valentina, “This is her favorite day of the year,” says Lengies. As for the one restriction on RSVPs, Sugar believes “singles are depressing”).
But which gent will be on her arm as she parades around in an outfit made almost entirely of purple feather boas? “Sugar goes back and forth the entire episode, but at the end she definitely has a date for the Sugar Shack,” says Lengies.
There at the Sugar Shack, viewers can expect a cover of (appropriately enough) the B-52s’ “Love Shack” plus a song featuring The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larsen, who plays Joe Hart, a member of McKinley’s High’s “God Squad” (a group for Christian students).
Now taking a look down the road, though Glee fans are doing their annual grumbling about a several-week hiatus, Lengies promises that the winter finale airing next Tuesday will offer much food for thought.
“It’s our regionals episode, and it’s a huge jaw-dropper,” she reveals. “When I read the script, I was shocked, because it takes you on a big roller-coaster ride. In almost everyone’s storyline there is a surprise, so I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it.” Touting the episode even further, she says: “It ends with one of those scenes where you just can’t believe what’s happening.”
And yes, there is much singing and dancing, being, you know, regionals and all. “We just finished filming it, and I have blisters all over my feet,” Lengies laments. “I was dancing for two days straight!”