Demi Lovato is pulling double duty for the Fox network at the minute – serving as a returning judge on reality singing competition “The X Factor” and filming her guest arc on “Glee.”
The all-grown-up Disney alum is set to play Dani on the show. Out of high school, she is expected to have a relationship with Naya Rivera’s Santana character.
“I get to play a lesbian on the show and that’s something that I feel like hasn’t really been brought to primetime with, you know, as a young actress,” Demi told Access Hollywood at the Season 3 premiere party for “The X Factor” in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “And I think it represents where our society is today. It’s becoming the norm and I’m really glad that I get to represent that — how far we’ve come. You know, 15 years ago you wouldn’t have seen that on TV, but now people are becoming more comfortable with it and I’m glad that I get to represent that, and also, just hopefully inspire people with my character to love who they are and accept who they are and not give a crap what other people think.”
Demi is also happy to be a part of the “Glee” cast because it allows her to work with people she is already pals with.
“I’m really excited because not only do I get to join a cast of a bunch of people that I’ve already [been] friends with for a while now… it’s just gonna be fun,” Demi said.
The actress/singer/judge is also close with Lea Michele, and she said the actress, who is grieving the loss of Corey Monteith, is hanging in there.
“She’s great,” Demi said. “She’s such a strong woman and I’m so proud of her. Love her so much.
As for that “X Factor” job, Demi said the latest crop of talent has been very impressive.
“The talent is looking really amazing,” she said. “So much great talent is going to come out of this show this year.”
“Glee” returns to Fox on September 26. “The X Factor,” Season 3 premieres on the network on September 11.
-- Jolie Lash