Glee Project’s Aylin Bayramoglu on Muslim Stereotypes, Showmances and …
August 20, 2012 09:22 AM PDT
Aylin Bayramoglu might have gotten delicious tighten to scoring a seven-episode arc on Glee, customarily to tumble customarily bashful of her goal, yet we won’t hear her complaining. The co-runner-up on Season 2 of The Glee Project says that a foe “literally was a life-changing experience” that’s refocused her goals on alighting a TV purpose and apropos a purpose indication for immature Muslim women who don’t mostly see themselves represented unequivocally on a tiny screen.
TVLine held adult with Bayramoglu to speak about possibly or not her Glee Project showmance was legit, how her family reacted to some of her racier moments on a show, and what it feels like to have Amber Riley regard your outspoken ability.
TVLINE | So before we take a low dive into a season, I’ve got to be honest with you: we was astounded we didn’t win Season 2, given your illusory final opening of “Rolling in a Deep.”
I cruise a lot of people were shocked.
TVLINE | Tell me about that performance. Obviously, rebellious Adele is a wily proposition. If we lift it off, great. If we don’t, it’s got a intensity to be disastrous. Did we cruise other songs?
Adele and Amy Winehouse have been vast influences for me musically. And “Rolling in a Deep” was a strain that we could unequivocally emotionally bond to. It was between that and “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry, yet [the latter song]…it customarily didn’t fit.
TVLINE | What was it like examination a part and saying Amber Riley sitting in a audience, creation a face that radically said, “Uh-huh. She’s killing it.”
Oh my God, that was amazing. Amber is so talented, and we am in adore with her voice, and have looked adult to her ever given a commencement of Glee. And conference her contend all of that about me was customarily like a dream. And she Tweeted me and Ali. we was on Cloud 9. It was a loyal fan-girling moment.
TVLINE | So, let’s take it behind to a commencement of The Glee Project. You get there, you’ve got a 1-in-14 shot of being on Glee, and afterwards in a initial week breeze adult in a Bottom 3. Did that shake your confidence?
It was unequivocally scary. My certainty was jarred right when we got into a house, alongside 13 other, intensely gifted people who were all fighting for a same thing. For some reason we customarily couldn’t get it together a initial week. I cruise that’s given a mentors were like, “Where’s a glow that we saw in we before?” Being in a bottom, nonetheless it was terrifying, was a best thing that ever could have happened to me during that indicate in a competition, given it re-lit my fire, and we was like, “There’s no proceed I’m going home today. This is it. I’ve got to infer to them given we should stay.”
TVLINE | Very early in a season, we described yourself as “a spunky, bad-ass, Turkish Muslim,” and continued to repeat radically a same outline on several other occasions. Knowing that in Season 1 of The Glee Project, a judges mostly talked about possibly or not a competitor could enthuse a folks in a Glee writers’ room, were we intentionally perplexing to expostulate home a indicate that, yeah, there was an engaging impression percolating within?
I never unequivocally suspicion about it. Honestly, when we initial got on a show, we was like, “What do they see in me? Like, what is so special about me that they wish on a show?” And then, a feedback we got in a initial week unequivocally non-stop adult my eyes to it, and we was like, wait, Ryan [Murphy] is right, there is no one like me on TV. So let me enthuse people.
TVLINE | Backtracking for a minute, what were we doing before to The Glee Project?
I was in college study outspoken jazz opening during Roosevelt University in Chicago.
TVLINE | So this was your initial incursion into a universe of auditioning for a vital TV show, or even being on existence television?
Absolutely. This was my break.
TVLINE | We saw a showmance percolating with we and associate competitor Charlie from unequivocally early in a competition. How many of that was a genuine connection, contra a unavoidable outcome of we guys being removed from all and everybody we know, stranded in one place together, and underneath a heated vigour of a fighting for a mark on Glee underneath a glisten of a cameras?
Being in a residence yet outward communication, and customarily being means to speak to any other, that was a hint to a whole thing. But it incited into something totally real. we mean, when Charlie left a show, we got really, unequivocally upset. And we still caring about any other a lot. we meant he’s totally during my unit right now, chilling with Lily in a other room. So, it unequivocally wasn’t fake. we know some viewers pronounced we wasn’t into it, or we was customarily personification it adult for a cameras, yet that’s positively not true. we was in a opposite mindset in a commencement of a show, and unequivocally focused on winning and being on Glee, yet afterwards we customarily let myself feel this proceed with Charlie, and it incited out to be something great.
TVLINE | Did we guys ever speak about how unavoidable it was that you’d finish adult in a Bottom 3 together, given obviously, it’s a existence radio show, and you’re a couple, and…?
That’s accurately what we told Charlie when we initial started this thing. I’m like, “Do we cruise that we’re going to finish adult in a bottom together?” He was like, “No, we don’t cruise so.” And afterwards it happened, and it really, unequivocally sucked. It was horrible, yet we knew that we had to give one ruin of a performance. And we even told Charlie, “you’d improved give me like all that we have. If we lose, we would rather remove to your best, than remove to your worst. So, please, don’t reason anything back,” and we didn’t either.
TVLINE | Also on a personal note, you’d mentioned a few times via a foe that we weren’t how your family, as Turkish Muslims, would conflict to some of a racier hurdles we participated in, or to some of a some-more vast statements we finished during confessionals? Now that a deteriorate has aired, was there anything that dissapoint them particularly?
I attempted to prepared my mom as best we could for everything. Actability Week was tough for her, when we was pregnant, and afterwards creation out with Michael, yet dating Blake. And afterwards we had to be a lesbian with Shanna, and with Lily, during Romanticality Week. Stuff like that was a small bit tough for my mom, yet she accepted that it was acting, and we was doing what we had to do.
TVLINE | After a regretful stage with Shanna, both of we wound adult in a Bottom 3. You got feedback that your communication looked some-more like dancing than a genuine relationship. Given that The Glee Project emphasizes singing and video shoots — and there are fewer pristine behaving hurdles — were we endangered during all that a judges didn’t cruise you’d succeeded in display on-screen chemistry with somebody?
Well, we don’t cruise it was about a chemistry, given we cruise Shanna and we did have it. We both know what it’s like to unequivocally like someone, how to demeanour into their eyes, have them be a customarily chairman you’re meditative about. But in terms of a choreography, we am a dancer. I’ve been dancing my whole life. So, if we give me choreography, I’m going to do it a proceed we taught it to me. And Shanna’s a perfectionist. we cruise that’s what messed us up, given we wanted it to be perfect.
TVLINE | Was it terrifying to be adult for rejecting alongside Shanna and Blake, arguably a dual many unchanging people in a competition? How did we proceed your last-chance opening of “The First Time Ever we Saw Your Face”?
We were repelled to be adult there — we deliberate a 3 of us a front-runners. So when we found out a Bottom 3, we was like, “I’m going home. Blake is amazing, Blake is Blake, they’re not promulgation him home. And Shanna’s never been in a Bottom 3, so they’re not promulgation her home. I’m a seasoned vet, so they’re going to cut me.” But in a end, even yet we messed adult a difference — that we was unequivocally dissapoint about — we indeed dedicated that strain to Charlie. They didn’t uncover it on air, yet we did.
TVLINE | Tell me about Actability Week, where your impression had to wear a Muslim headscarf. Did that come as a warn to we when a mentors asked we to put it on?
They hadn’t finished anything like that, and we were during Week 10, so we wasn’t unequivocally awaiting it. But once they brought it up, we was like, “Of course. Here we go.” And afterwards we put a headscarf on, and a emotions customarily flowed out of me. we looked in a mirror, and we didn’t see myself anymore, and we cruise that’s what unequivocally had me crying.
TVLINE | Growing up, did any of a women in your family wear headscarves, withdrawal we to sire that trend, or was this flattering unfamiliar domain to your life experience?
I’ve got kin that pray, and that do wear them, yet it’s not unequivocally like a large thing in my family. My family is like unequivocally old-school Turkish. Most of us don’t wear headscarves. we customarily wasn’t used to saying myself like that.
TVLINE | You had complicated things to execute in that shoot, too. How did we feel examination those scenes back, a mistake film trailer we guys did for Actability?
We didn’t film all in sequence. So we would have to be in a regretful stage with Blake, and afterwards we would have to be pregnant, and afterwards we would have to be [flirting with Blake's character's best friend] Michael. It was hard. we unequivocally had to concentrate. But we was agreeably astounded with a proceed things incited out, given we have no behaving experience. The mentors told me via a foe that we have good instincts as an actress, yet we don’t quite cruise we accepted that until we watched a Actability episode.
TVLINE | A series of times when we had to perform for Ryan Murphy, and generally in a finale, this thought arose that we could be a purpose indication for Muslim girls, that we could paint a kind of lady who is not customarily portrayed on television. Honestly, how large a understanding do we cruise it would be to see some kind of illustration of Muslim enlightenment on radio in an engaging and certain way?
It’s a flattering large deal. After 9/11, people are customarily fearful of Muslims, and we am totally not that stereotype. we cruise we could change a lot of minds, and maybe enthuse people. When we grew up, we never saw anybody on radio that even looked remotely like me. Like, we can’t even contend we have a luminary lookalike. So we had a lot of courage issues, and we never used to cruise that we was pretty. Me being on TV would enthuse girls that don’t cruise they’re pretty, or are not like a standard honeyed American girl. These girls are pleasing too, yet they’re not represented during all.
TVLINE | So where do we go from here? Has a glow been illuminated to pursue this behaving thing, or will we conduct behind to college in a fall?
No. we left school. we changed to Los Angeles with [fellow Glee Project contestant] Lily [Mae Harrington]. we unequivocally wish to take behaving classes, and hopefully will be doing that unequivocally soon, and also going out and auditioning. I’m so ready. This unequivocally isn’t a final anyone has seen of me. we can guarantee we that.
TVLINE | How tough is it to get so tighten to a purpose on Glee, to have a 1-in-3 shot, afterwards remove it right during a unequivocally end?
You know, we wanted it so bad. we wanted it so bad, yet we can’t even be upset, given we adore Blake so much. He is customarily an implausible person. Of march we would have wanted it for myself, yet I’m very, unequivocally unapproachable of him. He’s come a prolonged way.
TVLINE | And given a fact that you’re vital in L.A. with Lily, should we assume that some of a adversary and oppressive comments between we guys were somewhat trumped adult in terms of editing?
We don’t hatred any other during all. She’s one of my closest friends. We adore a crap out of any other. The humorous thing is though, we did contend those things about any other [to a cameras], yet right afterward, we would go adult to a other chairman and be like, “This is what we customarily pronounced about you. Like, understanding with it.” We have that kind of relationship. It’s great.
TVLINE | So, what do we think: Are we going to see we on Glee in Season 4? Are we going to quarrel your proceed onto that show, damnit?
I’m not giving adult hope. we have positively no thought what’s going to occur in a future, yet a purpose on Glee would be amazing. Either way, we have to appreciate everybody concerned with a show, generally Ryan Murphy and a mentors, given [acting] has been a dream of cave given we was a small kid, and we couldn’t have asked for a improved proceed to get into this business.