Much has been said about Glee‘s behind-the-scenes drama recently — thanks largely to the release of star Naya Rivera’s blunt memoir — but a new interview with co-creator Ryan Murphy puts it all into perspective.
“There was a lot of infighting,” Murphy admits to Entertainment Weekly. “There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up. It was good training for being a parent, I’ll tell you that much.”
He continues, “But I also made a mistake: We all got too personal. We loved it so much that we would all go out to dinner and we’d hang out and we were always together, so there was no delineation between who was the boss and who was the employee. And we were all so close that finally when something would happen, it would be so personal to me that I would literally hit the roof.”
Murphy also discusses the loss of Cory Monteith — who died of a drug overdose in July 2013, during the show’s fourth season — and how that changed the entire theme of the series.
“What started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death,” Murphy says, adding that the show was a “great lesson in what not to do moving forward. And many of [the cast members] are my good friends to this day.”