How was it filming your lip sync with the Glee cast in 2010 (“Don’t Stop Believin’”) and 2011 (“Last Friday Night”)?
It was really, really cool. I knew who they were, but I didn’t know who the individual stars were. I got a tweet from Dianna Agron; her Twitter profile was a photo of her when she was really little, so I couldn’t really recognize her. She had a lot of followers, but I thought, “I don’t know who this is.” She said, “I like your video. We’re gonna be in Chicago, and I was wondering if you’ll do a video,” and I said yes. My manager called me the next day, like, “You know that Dianna Agron from Glee wants to do your video, right?” I got a couple other tweets after that. I was like “Ohhh, ohhh, OK!”
Who would you want to do a new lip-sync video with?
I’m actually trying to transition into an artist; I’m going to LA this month, for spring vacation. Hopefully people who watch these videos will like them; hopefully more people like the haters will say, “OK he’s a decent singer.” Definitely I’d like to do a video with Chris Brown.
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What did you think of his collaboration with Rihanna on the “Birthday Cake” remix?
I heard that remix and then I heard the original, and I got addicted, so that by the time it came out, I was like, “I know this song.”
Were you nervous switching from lip-syncing to singing for real, or had you had prior experience?
I’ve sung before from when I was preschool — when they make you sing — to middle school, when I was in choir. I was a tenor soprano; I sing in the high range. Definitely I was so nervous but trying not to be. I’m not the main singer; we have another singer, Mayra Veronica. I really hope it does well. It’s a good transition. I’ve told one or two people and they’ll say, “Oh my gosh, I can’t wait for it to come out!” It’s called “Let Me In.” It’s gonna be a song about “Artists, can you please let me be one of you guys?”
On your website, it says that before you became a star your life was defined by what you couldn’t do. Now that your life has changed, what else is something that you used to think was impossible but now think you could do?
Not really. I’ve always felt like I was going to be… For some reason it felt like deep down something was gonna happen musically. I felt like I didn’t really know what was gonna happen, but after everything happened, I felt like “I can tell people that even if I have a rare disease, I still have a normal life.” I always had the confidence that I never felt different, I always had the confidence of doing thing son my own. Even in gym—I run as much as other people, do what they’re doing. I’m like, “Yes, I can do it.” I don’t care, I don’t need special treatment. I can do what a normal person can do.