I kind of feel guilty that this is what’s happening,” laughs Grant Gustin, “Glee’s” newest hire, on the phone from L.A. He’s referring to his charmed existence over the past few years that led from his sophomore year of college to a national Broadway tour and into the arms of one of TV’s most beloved shows. Until being cast as Sebastian, the new “gay villain” appearing soon on this “Glee” season, the 21-year-old had never been on a TV or film set before. On his first ever Broadway audition in New York during a college spring break he landed Baby John in the first national touring cast of “West Side Story.” It would probably be wise for him to buy a lotto ticket or two with his current luck.
Gustin hasn’t only relied on luck, though. In addition to being at the right place at the right time, the Virginia native is a hard worker, plugging away at community and school theater in preparation for his big breaks. He put on productions of “Grease” and “That Thing You Do” at home in between playing soccer and baseball, until his mother enrolled him in an all boys Elvis tap class at the age of 8, something he pretended to hate but secretly loved. From there he was bit by the performance bug, with his first stage role in The Wiz and a long list of credits through his high school and college career. Now he’s graduated to the big leagues, joining “Glee” as what’s been described as the “male Santana,” a villainous new character entering the scene with the intent to break up one of TVs best couples, Kurt and Blaine. He’ll make his first appearance in the much-hyped Nov. 8 episode “The First Time.” We snagged Gustin for his first major interview to chat about how he ended up a “Glee,” what to expect from his debut and what happens when you unsuspectingly Tweet your phone number to all of “Glee” fandom.