‘Glee’ Reaches for Gloria Estefan as Santana’s Mom

Gloria EstefanThis is the season of Santana. Over the course of the past few episodes, Glee has really upped the ante in exploring the more human side of the often vicious Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera). Last season, we got a glimpse into what allegedly makes the cheerleader so mean: the pain surrounding her inability to accept her own homosexuality. Now (spoilers), Santana’s secret is no longer safeguarded, and just about everyone in her life has been especially supportive, including her parents. We haven’t met Mr. or Mrs. Lopez just yet, but Glee has approached a formidable music artist to take on the role of the snarky cheerleader’s mother: Gloria Estefan.

The audience took Santana on her word that both of her parents were cool with her coming out as a lesbian—it was a scene that none of us actually saw. Plausibly, the positive reaction from her mom and dad was offered to make the final blow of Santana’s grandmother’s outstandingly negative reaction even more powerful. But if Estefan accepts the role, we’re likely to see just how, in truth, the family as a whole is dealing with the whole situation.

Reportedly, Fox wishes to have Estefan sing some of her own songs in the episode, which would air sometime January. Perhaps a duet with her daughter is called for—maybe a ballad to drill some sense into Santana’s intolerant grandma.

Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Source: EW

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.