Getting to Know Glee’s Joaquin Sedillo

On the set, scripts being delivered are met with more excitement than the paychecks. “Work will stop sometimes because actors are going ‘oh my God!’ while reading their scripts. I love when we read something that everyone is excited about or a character is coming back.”

After so many hours on the set, Sedillo watches every episode three times. Once to do color correction, once with the cast and crew – “It’s so fun to watch together. There’s applause after every performance, crying and laughter. We spend more waking hours with crew than family, it’s nice to be appreciating it together.” – and then once at home with his family. And it’s “great every time, whether it’s sub par or the greatest episode in history.”

Sedillo loves everyone he works with – that much is clear by the affectionate way he speaks of the cast and crew. He offers high praise for Mike O’Malley (Burt Hummel) – “a talented and kind man. When we did “Bash” and he had his scene with Chris Colfer [Kurt] in the hospital room, he did it in one take and we were all a mess.”

An emotional moment for cast and crew in the "City of Angels" episode.

An emotional moment for cast and crew in the “City of Angels” episode.

On a show known for its emotional highs and lows, there have been some stand out moments for Sedillo and his crew. When they shot Nationals in season five, O’Malley and Romy Rosemont (Carol Hudson) were kept from hearing the songs until they actually filmed them. When Overstreet held up the red drumsticks, everyone fell apart – actors and crew.

One memory in particular Sedillo shared is a good example of the love the crew has for the show. During season four’s filming of Don’t Stop Believing (Rachel’s audition with the fantasy back up), they hit playback for another rehearsal, with Michele and the rest of the cast going through their moves. Twenty seconds into the number, the playback sound dropped out and everyone realized the entire crew was quietly singing along. When it was clear the playback wasn’t coming back, the crew kept singing, singing the song to the cast. Moments like those are what he will miss the most when the show ends.

Fans have long campaigned for more behind the scenes and a blooper reel – and Joaquin is on board! He wishes they did blooper reels. There were some unofficial ones – a former boom operators had a flipcam and would shoot BTS stuff of the crew and put together a video to share during the wrap party. One funny moment he could think of – “When we did “Boys and Girls on Film,” during the Old Time Rock and Roll/Danger Zone mash-up – there’s a moment when Samuel Larson [Joe] and Darren Criss [Blaine] take Artie’s chair to one side and do this spinning movement. They thought they had tipped it the right way but instead Kevin McHale fell out of his chair. Everyone cracked up.”

One of Joaquin’s favorite funny people is Becca Tobin (Kitty). “When she has a lot of dialogue and forgets something she’ll look at the camera and go ‘what?’. Just about anything that comes out of Chord’s mouth is funny.” Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz also got shout outs by Sedillo for making him laugh.

The funniest bloopers, however, tend to be the reactions of the actors when another person in the scene just strikes them as particularly amusing. That tends to cause the most crack-ups for cast and crew.

Show creator/director/writer Ian Brennan gives Sue her voice so it’s not a surprise he’s one of the people who makes Sedillo laugh.

That humor helps the cast and crew make it through long, exhausting days. Also “No bad seeds,” Sedillo says, even amongst a group as large as theirs.

He counts himself as a grumpy person on set sometimes – some times there can be bickering. But “ten minutes later there’s an apology and a hug. It’s always fine at the end of the day.” Through all that hard work? “Everyone cares all the time.”

One of the examples of cast and crew fulfilling Joaquin's vision for a shot.

One of the examples of cast and crew fulfilling Joaquin’s vision for a shot.

One particular instance that Sedillo feels is example of the hard work and dedication comes from season four. “When we shot The Scientist, everyone was incredibly fatigued. It was end of the day Friday, and we were shooting until 2am. Everyone wanted to go home. Great thing about the cast, there are moments when you want to be anywhere but there but they deliver every single time.” Sedillo was told they had eighteen minutes to finish the number after shooting for six hours. “They were pulling the plug” – but Sedillo still had steady cam passes to shoot.

They had just enough time to go through the song twice more, with a thirty-second pause between. In the end, “the storytelling and the technical and artistic telling of those passes could have told the entire story. They were executed in a way that emotionally tore me up and made me so proud to work with them. The emotions that the fans felt when they saw that was how I was feeling watching it.”

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