High school pain for 'Glee' star Heather Morris
January 3rd, 2011
03:19 PM ET

High school pain for 'Glee' star Heather Morris

Unlike her "Glee" character Brittany S. Pierce, Heather Morris' own high school experience wasn't exactly something to sing about.

"Honestly, I didn’t enjoy it. My dad passed away before my freshman year, and it altered how I thought," the 23-year-old star, who plays McKinley High's lovably ditzy cheerleader, tells February's Teen Vogue. "I was depressed - I didn’t hang out with my friends. I worked through it by dancing."

That would eventually lead to a pre-"Glee" gig as a backup dancer on Beyoncé's Single Ladies tour. "We had twelve-hour days of nonstop dancing," says Morris. "It was so cool to go around the world."

The Arizona native tells the magazine she has wanted to be a singer since she was a child, and although she's had the opportunity to perform some of the most popular songs ever recorded, there is still one show-stopper she hopes to tackle on the hit Fox series.

Photos: The guys of 'Glee' / Lea Michele and Corey Monteith in Teen Vogue

"I would die to do 'Part of Your World' from 'The Little Mermaid'!" says Morris. "I used to sit on a rock and sing that when I was four. I’ve wanted to perform my entire life."

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  1. Eric

    Too bad she will never get her wish for that song. Disney guards its intellectual property pretty closely and owns FOX competing network ABC. Too bad....would have been good.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
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    January 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nathan

    Heather Morris is the kind of person I want my sisters to look up to.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    Aww just when I thought I knew her whole back-story...that's really sad to hear about her father. She's such an amazing person and each time I see an interview with her, you can tell she doesn't take the fame for granted. Love you HeMo and would love to hear you sing "Part of Your World" 🙂

    January 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cheeks

    OMG! This just made me love her more! That is my favorite song from my favorite animated movie! YAY for Heather!!! Love you girl!

    January 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |

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