Michelle Carter was a huge “Glee” fan in real life, Elle Fanning told Variety. So although the scene in the first episode of “The Girl From Plainville” is dramatized, it’s not far from the truth.
“She was a huge ‘Glee’ fan,” Fanning told the news outlet. “Reading the pilot, in the last scene she’s singing ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ mimicking Lea Michele’s grief from her. Lea’s grief from her was real on the show; she’s also mourning her real-life boyfriend de ella. ”
Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for using text messages and phone calls to encourage her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself in 2014. She was sentenced to 15 months in jail.
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Co-creators Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus told Variety that they knew from the start that they wanted to include “Glee.” The show shows Fanning as Carter singing to herself in the mirror. She then pauses to rewatch the “Glee” episode and starts again.
“As an actor, I was very eager to commit it, but I also knew how important it was for the story because I think the series turns and you start questioning Michelle’s motives in a way,” Fanning told Variety. “I think our show threads the needle of those YA themes, but we’re trying to do the opposite. We’re trying to completely not sensationalize this story. But at the same time, Michelle is kind of being the star in her own TV show or in her own YA movie.”
In texts released in 2017 by Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Carter texted Roy using quotes from “Glee” that she passed off as her own. She had texted Roy word for word quotes from “Glee’s” tribute episode for Monteith, Esquire reported — which led to the scene in “The Girl From Plainville.”
She was also texting similar quotes to family and friends, USA Today reported.
After the death of Cory Monteith, real-life boyfriend of Michele who died in 2013, Michele told Ellen DeGeneres she felt like the “luckiest girl in the world” and that he was “the greatest man.”
When writing about Roy, Carter wrote, “He was the greatest man I ever knew and I literally lived every day feeling like the luckiest girl in the world,” USA Today reported.
“Because nothing like this had ever happened to her, she had to build the framework from the materials at hand, culled from white-teen culture,” Jesse Barron wrote for Esquire.
Beyond the texts and court documents, the show also worked with Roy’s mother, Lynn St. Denis, Dateline reported.
“I think the reason why she, and probably so many of us young people loved Glee or Fault In Our Stars – the YA world – is because you can be the star of that show. You can put yourself in that fantasy, it’s such an escape for people who feel alone,” Fanning told Dateline. “Glee throughout is so essential. Reading through Michelle’s text throughout, she was a Gleek.”
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