MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” runner up Jessica Sanchez is looking forward to start taping with the cast of American hit TV show “Glee” in January.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sanchez shared that she has been taking acting lessons as this will be her first acting stint ever.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to watch 'Glee' recently, but I’ve been studying up, and I am taking acting lessons. I’ve watched the show before in the past. I love the show. It’s an amazing production,” she said.
While Sanchez is getting giddy to act alongside the “Glee” cast, she shared her favorite character on the show.
“I am so excited to do scenes with everybody. I love Santana (Naya Rivera), though! That’s the girl I really want to meet and give a hug,” she said.
According to Sanchez, “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have not talked to her directly yet as to what her role would be, but she is certain that her role will be a fun one.
Meanwhile, contrary to earlier reports, Sanchez said her debut album will not be coming out until March or April next year.
“I think a single will be ready in January, and the album will be out in March or April,” she said.
“The album will consist of many different sounds. It’s not stuck on ballads and stuff, but more like urban R&B. But it will still be soulful Jessica. I am going to stay true to what I did on the show, but also what I always wanted to do and who I really am,” she added.
The teen singer also divulged the people whom she has been working with in her album.
“I’ve been working with amazing people! Harvey Mason, Jr., who has been one of my producers, and Toby Gad, who has been amazing to work with. I have also been working with mainly Ester Dean. There are some other songwriters, too,” Sanchez added.
Mason recorded hits with many "Idol" alumni, including Ruben Studdard on "Sorry 2004," Jordin Sparks on "No Air" and Jennifer Hudson on "Where You At." Gad is best known for producing Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," while Dean co-wrote "Super Bass" for Nicki Minaj.
According to Sanchez, she will be definitely be returning to the “American Idol” stage to launch her single.
“I’m not sure [of the date] yet, but I think it’s going to one of the first live shows,” she said.
‘Everything is moving so fast’
Four months since she was named the “American Idol” runner up, Sanchez said she is still keeping up with all the blessings that have been coming her way.
“Everything is moving so fast, even after the show everything is like a big whirlwind. I’m very blessed and appreciative of everything that’s happened and I’m just working hard for more opportunities to come,” she said.
Just recently, she attended the 26th annual Carousel of Hope Ball where she met Hollywood actor George Clooney.
“That was crazy. I got really starstruck. He is one of the biggest names, and when I walked up to him, he knew who I was already. I was freaking out. It was pretty amazing,” she said.
With her busy schedule at hand, does she still gets in touch with the other “Idols”?
“Everybody, and as you can tell mostly, Deandre! Besides him, mainly Josh and Hollie Cavanagh,” she said.
According to Sanchez, she is really glad that her fellow Idols are all doing great in the music scene.
“I’m so excited for everybody! Colton Dixon’s single just came out, and it’s doing really well. Phillip Phillips has been running around everywhere. I saw him not too long ago at a private Ford event, and he looks great, and he’s been on the road this whole time. He is really working hard. I am proud of him,” she said.