Max Adler: Closet Gleek

Will it get better for Dave Karofsky, or could Glee’s closeted bully still kill himself? Max Adler reveals what might be in store for his conflicted character next season — including the possibility of a love connection with Kurt Hummel.



MAX ADLER 4 X390 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COMI hope you get to smile more next season.
Thank you. It’s fun playing the bad guy, but it’s fun to smile too.

Even with your snarl, you’ve become something of a sex symbol this year. You recently ranked 64 on AfterElton’s Hot 100, which isn’t too shabby. How do you feel about that kind of attention from the gay audience?
It’s all in good fun, and I appreciate it. It’s also scary, because I feel like when you’re put in that position you can only get beat up and go down from there. But for the time being, it’s very cool.

Don’t act like you don’t know exactly what you’re doing when you leak a shirtless picture of you and a puppy.
I did not leak that! Someone probably stole that off my friend’s Facebook page, and now it’s out there. I certainly did not want that getting out there, but oh well, there it is. [Laughs] The gay fan base has been so incredibly sweet and supportive of me and of everything I’m doing. I’m always meeting gay people who tell me stories about themselves and their past, and it’s just amazing that these people can open up to me. I’m a stranger to them, but because of the role I get to play, they’re comfortable sharing these stories with me that shine a light on their daily struggles.

You just wrapped filming the movie Detention of the Dead. What can you tell us about it?
It’s a lot of fun. It’s got a very John Hughes, ’80s feel to it, which is refreshing, and then you get zombies. So if you like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and The Breakfast Club, you’re going to like it. It was a blast to shoot.

I’ve seen a few pictures from that set, and it looks like you and your costar, The Hard Times of RJ Berger’s Jayson Blair, are having a nice bromance.
We have grown very close. Our journeys are interesting, because we worked together as waiters at a restaurant in L.A. before he got RJ Berger and I got Glee. But we stayed in touch, and all of sudden we’re shooting a movie together in Michigan and hanging out every day. And we’ve ended up playing extremely similar roles on both our shows.

Right, in the RJ Berger season finale we discovered that Blair’s jock bully is secretly gay. Have you offered him any words of advice or encouragement about playing a closeted character next season?
There’s so much attention around gay issues right now, so we couldn’t have asked for a better time to get to play these roles, because we can really make a difference. I already told him, “It’s about to get fun, so get ready for an exciting ride.”

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