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"Being that mean for me, it's pretty difficult," Hudson told reporters at the series' premiere, via People. "It was challenging to keep a straight face."
The 33-year-old actress made her Glee debut as Cassandra July, the woman tasked with teaching Dance 101 at the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. This is just the first of Hudson's six-episode arc on the show as Michele's dance instructor, and she started it off with a bang. Cassandra alternately put Michele's Rachel Berry down and drank spiked smoothies, meaning she's going to be a big step away from Rachel's former Glee club teacher Mr. Schue.
"I think she sees Rachel as this young, talented, cute girl, and she's just sort of bitten with jealousy and wants to make her life a bit miserable," Hudson said.
Hudson's big dance number this episode was a mash-up of "Americano" by Lady Gaga and "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez, and most people gave her a passing score. Entertainment Weekly says she was good but not the scene-stealer, fulfilling the "now time-honored Glee convention of being a character who says lots of viciously cruel things, cutting until other characters bleed emotionally, so that other subplots can literally sing the praises of tolerance, love, and anti-bullying."
Meanwhile, Billboard says that Hudson did a good job helping transition to a "new Glee." Her villain isn't as charming or witty as Sue Sylvester because "this is real life." "If that's not a way to tell you this is supposed to be a very different Glee, we don't know what is," the magazine writes.
Despite rumors that Hudson thought Michele was a diva on the set, the Oscar-nominated actress told Access Hollywood that she had a great time working with the Glee cast. And apparently, the feeling is mutual. The younger actress had nothing but kind things to say about Hudson when she spoke with People at the premiere.
"She's the most down-to-earth, fun, laid-back person," Michele said. "I love working with her. She's just so spot-on and incredible."