Lea Michele remains coy about the future of her "Glee" character, Rachel Berry, who is set to graduate earlier than several of her peers in the upcoming third season of the FOX musical comedy series.
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead!
When asked if her character and others will "be moving on" after their senior year, Michele said: "Unless we flunk, which let me tell you, I could work that out."
The 24-year-old actress made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the recent Los Angeles premiere of "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie." The documentary is set for release on Friday, August 12, and follows the cast members of the series during their summer 2011 "Glee Live! In Concert!" tour.
"Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy stirred anger last month when he said that Michele's character and her fellow senior high school students Finn Hudson, played by Cory Monteith, and Kurt Hummel, would graduate after the upcoming third season, which starts on September 20.
Brad Falchuk, another co-creator, later calmed fans' fears, saying at Comic-Con in San Diego, California that the three characters would indeed graduate but that "they are not done with the show."
"Everyone's freaking out," Colfer, 21, told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie." "I think it's really not as big of a deal as everyone made it. But we've got to survive season 3 first. Let's worry about surviving season 3. They say it's going to be the best one yet so let's worry about it when we survive it."
Michele added: "We're approaching this season the way that we've approached all the seasons - just keep it 'Glee' and do our best and maybe touch on some topics that need to be touched on and just do the best that we can."
The show has showcased hot topics such as homophobia and bullying and has a loyal and young fanbase. Cast members have maintained a presence and following on social networking websites since the show debuted in 2009, making it one of the most Internet-savvy programs. Colfer had said he found out about Murphy's comments on Twitter.
Murphy then told Deadline.com in late July that there were initial plans to create a spin-off show for the three characters, adding: "Then, to pick up and read the actors saying, 'We found out we were fired from Twitter.' All of us, the studio, the network, were like, 'OK, that isn't exactly cool,' because we involved all three of them in that decision. So then what happened is that we decided, 'OK, le''s not do it.'"
At the premiere of the new "Glee" documentary, Murphy remained tight-lipped when asked about the issue at the documentary premiere, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com: "I think it's going to be really emotional. I don't think you'll say goodbye, but some of them will graduate. Some of the old ones will stick around in new, exciting ways on the show."
Michele's character is the most prominent singer in her high school glee club and has often expressed plans to be a Broadway actress. Michele herself starred in the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" alongside Jonathan Groff, who has played one of Berry's love interests, Jesse St. James, on several episodes of "Glee." Season 3 is also set to see the return of Berry's estranged biological mother, played by Broadway star Idina Menzel.
Comedienne and actress Kathy Griffin, who played a Sarah Palin-like Tea Party politician on a "Glee" episode last season, also expressed interest in returning to the show.
"I was a guest star for one episode of 'Glee' and I feel like I'm totally in the family," Griffin, 50, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "That's the great thing about 'Glee,' is that the possibilities are endless. I could come back. Maybe I could get into an old-fashioned girl fight with Gwyneth Paltrow. Anything can happen on 'Glee.'"
Last season, Paltrow appeared on several "Glee" episodes as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. It is unclear if the actress will reprise her role in the future.
There is one recurring "Glee" star who fans will probably not see again any time soon - Chord Overstreet, who has played glee club and football player Sam Evans since season 2. Falchuck said the actor declined an offer to return for part of season 3.
However, Overstreet did appear on stage with the rest of his "Glee" co-stars at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday as the cast accepted the award for Choice TV Show: Comedy.
Monteith, who plays Berry's main love interest, was also honored with the award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy. Darren Criss, who plays Hummel's boyfriend Blaine Anderson and who was upgraded to a series regular for season 3, was named Choice TV: Breakout Star. (Check out a full list of winners at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, as well as photos of the celebrities on the blue carpet before the ceremony and the best moments from the show.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).