Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal, loves attention. It seems like every few days he has given a new interview with sound bites that generally seem to be self-congratulatory. Oh well, whatever floats his boat, right?
Anyways, Murphy opened up to Vogue and gave some interesting sound bites. Here are some of the highlights:
* Murphy calls himself the "male Lady Gaga." He says his work is at once inflammatory and wildly popular. (Note: He specifically told the writer to include this note)
* He enjoys being the alpha. A direct passage from the story - "I sit down at his table and a waitress appears instantly. “I’m starving,” says Murphy, impeccably dramatic. “Do you want to order?” Without waiting for a response, he says, “Spaghetti Bolognese. We’ll have two of those.” He looks down at the menu and then up at me. “Let’s split two appetizers. The artichoke is brilliant.” Back to the waitress. “One artichoke.” To me: “I love the charcuterie plate.” To the waitress: “Great.”" Sounds like a fun guy.
* He spent 10 years working as a journalist for The Miami Herald and The Los Angeles Times. In 1999, he sold a script to Steven Spielberg and broke into TV with teen satire Popular. He followed that up with Nip/Tuck.
* He thinks he is brilliant. “I pitched Glee as American Idol with a script,” says Murphy, “because it’s the same energy: You’re talented. Nobody believes in you. We are going to lift you up and show the world how amazing you are. I always think with my work, but especially with Glee, This is a great idea. Why has no one done it yet?”
* He is very political. He recently hosted an Obama fund-raiser at his home. “I am writing an upcoming episode of The New Normal about the election,” he says, “and there’s a dinner party where Ellen Barkin and the gay guys are having a very heated discussion about Romney vs. Obama. And I remember an All in the Family episode about Nixon. So it’s my homage. But some of the things that my characters say are very inflammatory, and I think the network let me get away with it because. . . .” He stares away for a second. “You know, I don’t know why, but they did!”
What do you think of Murphy?