How to play: Santana Lopez from Glee
Beneath the cut is my guide on how to play Santana Lopez from the hit TV show ‘Glee’. It is not spoiler free. Of course, this is just my opinion and how I would and do play her, and if you don’t agree with it, then that’s perfectly fine.
- If you’re playing an up to date, season four Santana Lopez, then she used to be a student, cheerleader and glee club member of McKinley high school, also joining the all girl group the Troubletones. Santana is an out lesbian, and has been in a relationship with a fellow cheerleader named Britney. At the beginning of the fourth student, Santana went to university in Louisville on a cheerleading scholarship, but she dropped out. Now, she is in New York, sharing an apartment with Kurt and Rachel, and has signed herself up for dance classes at NYADA.
- Santana is incredibly outspoken. Whilst most people have what I like to call a filter, Santana is prepared to tell people exactly what she thinks of them, and it is very rare that any of these thoughts are complimentary, but she says them anyway.
- Santana is always played as the bitch. That’s perfectly acceptable. Santana is practically the definition of anyone we’d call a bitch. However, as we see in ‘Fued’ and ‘Guilty Pleasures’, she isn’t a one dimensional character that doesn’t actually give a damn about other people. Santana is guarded and she lashes out but she cares deeply for her friends, even stalking someone and going through their things, risking being kicked out of the apartment to help Rachel be happy and make sure that she’s not used.
- You shouldn’t tone down your insults and wise-shots because you realise that she does care about other people, that wouldn’t be in character, but you should be mindful that these are her friends and that she will go a long way to make sure that they are protected.
Santana is a difficult character to play because we’ve practically just seen her as a bitch and we’ve barely seen anything else. However, Santana is:
- Family-orientated - look at the way she cares about her mother and her grandmother, the way she looks forward to the day her grandmother loves her again.
Right now, I can’t think of anything I want to add, but, if I do, then this will be updated!