Exclusive: Chord Overstreet on Leaving Glee and What's Next (Music and The Middle!)

Trouty Mouth is finally talking.

In his first interview since parting ways with Glee earlier this summer, Chord Overstreet is setting the record straight about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Fox phenom and his plans for the future, including an album and a stint on ABC’s The Middle.

TVLINE | What was your reaction when you learned Glee had decided not to pick up your series regular option for Season 3?
Of course I was bummed initially. I had the best time working on the show and I had one of the best life experiences. It was a blast. But I decided to look at it as an opportunity to dive into my music.

TVLINE | The news broke when you were on the road for the final leg of the Glee concert tour. Was the cast supportive?
We spent the past 12, 13 months together, so we were like a family. I made some friends for life. They were all there for me. They were all really sweet.

TVLINE | The producers invited you back on a recurring basis with the possibility of becoming a regular later in the season, but you declined. Why?
I’ve been writing music my entire life and I had an opportunity to work on a record. It’s something I have a huge passion for. I did a lot of thinking and I felt like it was a good time to work on my album and focus on that avenue of my career. They offered me the chance to come back for a few episodes, but there was nothing guaranteed so I decided to dive into the music thing. And that’s been my main priority the past two months.

TVLINE | Where do things stand with your music?
I’m working on the album and I’ve been encouraged and excited by the interest from record labels and publishers. Hopefully we’ll get something out there for the fans to hear pretty soon.

TVLINE | But you’re doing an episode of the The Middle, so clearly you’re not closing the door on an acting career.
Right now my main focus is music, but I love The Middle. It’s one of my favorite shows. I’m a huge Neil Flynn fan. So when they asked, “Do you want to do this for one day?,” I was like, “I can do a scene with Neil Flynn? Sure, why not?”

TVLINE | You’re playing Brick’s new teacher, right?
Yeah, I play a 22-year-old teacher who’s really excited about his job.

TVLINE | Will you continue to watch Glee?
I don’t think I could ever stop watching it. [Laughs]

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