As one of the most controversial new characters on "Glee," Karofsky has been the topic of debate amongst Gleeks this season. Played by Max Adler, the homophobic football star continues to endure a struggle with his own sexuality. After constantly bullying Kurt (Chris Colfer), Karofsky showed a softer side during the Super Bowl episode. But what will the rest of season two hold for the resident bully at McKinley High?
In an exclusive interview with Max Adler today, the Glee Examiner explored the possibility of Karofsky "coming out" this season.
"Gotta stay tuned and keep watching," Max answered about the likelihood of his character coming to terms with his own sexuality.
As Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way" was released last week, the buzz surrounding a potential "Glee" remake exploded. And while Max was unable to answer whether or not he will be involved in singing a cover of the tune, he did express interest in tackling the song.
When asked about his dream song performance on the show, Max replied: "Well, after hearing Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way,' the lyrics are so powerful and pack such an amazing, positive, and important message into the song, that I think it would be very awesome and meaningful for Karofsky to be involved with that song."
But Max is wide open to a variety of musical genres. He is interested in doing "anything 'crooner' style i.e. Michael Buble (Come Fly With Me) or (Just Haven't Met You Yet), Sinatra, Dean Martin etc. Maybe throw in a little Radiohead to the mix too, just to change it up. It would be fun for Karofsky to perform Radiohead!"
Whether or not Karofsky will sing this season is still a mystery. "We are sworn to secrecy by the producers and they will have our heads if we reveal anything," Max explained about his inability to reveal too many details.
"I never was a bully. But, I have been bullied," Max revealed about his own experience with bullying as a child. "It happened when I was the new kid in school in 5th and 6th grade, and had just transferred away from all my close friends and everyone I knew well, and became the stranger in this big ocean of kids, and got teased and picked on for it. But, having parents that constantly were there to help build my self esteem up by reassuring me that I am a good kid, and did nothing to deserve this, and the kids doing the bullying are the ones with a problem and an insecurity, really helped me to not be so bothered by their pokes and prods and name-calling, and just laugh it off because I now just had sympathy for them."
Taking on this role has been a challenge for Max, but as a professional, he has been able to find a way to connect with the core emotions of Karofsky's character. "I think, truly, that any character an actor portrays, you HAVE to identify with them," he explained. "You don't have to BECOME them, or share their exact same beliefs, or live your life the way they would lead theirs, but you have to know them and identify with them, so, am I a homophobic bully in real life?? Absolutely not. But, do I know who Karofsky is inside and out, and the way HE thinks about everything and the way HE leads HIS life, absolutely!"http://www.examiner.com/glee-in-national/glee-max-adler-talks-bullying-relating-to-the-character-of-karofsky