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Sometimes, like McKinley's ditziest cheerleader and New Directions performer Brittany, we all forget our middle names. So, it's no surprise that Heather Morris, who plays "Glee's" attention-grabbing blond Cheerio, is getting more time to shine this season. In an upcoming episode, she hangs out with another famous Brit (That's Spears, suckers!). We grilled Morris about the new season and her homage to a pop icon.
» EXPRESS: Brittany has gone from a minor character to a regular cast member. What will we learn about her in future episodes?
» MORRIS: For starters, you learn her last name. We've never known Brittany had a last name, but we do find out. And she actually gets to sing.
» EXPRESS: Have you ever thought about Brittany's backstory?
» MORRIS: We joke around about it. [Co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] and Naya [Rivera, who plays Santana] and I talk about how Brittany's parents are probably astronauts. We pretend that her family is the smartest family and we don't know where Brittany came from. But most of the time with stuff like that, I like to find out later on. You know what I mean? It's cool to read a script and find out about yourself instead of creating a whole story.
» EXPRESS: Would Brittany's personality change if she stopped being a blonde?
» MORRIS: That's a good point. I think it could, possibly. I could see maybe that she dyes her hair and because she dyes her hair, it changes her personality completely. Ryan would love that. I should tell him about it.
» EXPRESS: What were you like in high school?
» MORRIS: Oh, gosh. I've always been an outgoing performer. I was a dancer in high school, and I was friends with everybody at school, but I didn't hang out with anybody after school because I danced too much.
» EXPRESS: What advice do you have for high school outcasts?
» MORRIS: I would say the perfect example of a high school outcast is all of us actors on the show. I feel like once you find out what you love to do, you'll be comfortable no matter where you are.
» EXPRESS: Everyone’s buzzing about how Brittany sings Britney Spears in the Sept. 28 episode. Did you do any special training for that?
» MORRIS: [A vocal coach] worked with me a couple times on vocal training and understanding my voice. But I just kept listening to [Spears’] song over and over again to know every detail about it and literally just copy her.
» EXPRESS: Who are the actors that you look up to?
» MORRIS: There's too many. I don't know. I love every actor, literally. I just love movies. My roommate and I watch loads of movies every day. I love Dakota Fanning more than life. I'm such a big fan because she's so young and has it all together.
» EXPRESS: What's your favorite movie?
» MORRIS: That's hard. I like "Atonement" a lot. It's one of my favorites. And I'm a big fan of "Lord of the Rings." I always have been.
» EXPRESS: You've had so many great guests on Glee. Who would you most like to have on the show?
» MORRIS: I really want Kristen Wiig to come on. I love her so much. I think she's hysterical, I can't stop watching her on Hulu. I would die if she came on and just did something — even if she didn't sing.