Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz dishes on her life as a high school student in a “When I Was 17” interview for Seventeen magazine. The actress – who plays Tina Cohen-Chang in the show – says that when she was 17 she wanted a career with animals originally.
She said, “I wanted to be a vet. It was right around 17, actually, that I realized I wanted to do theater.”
Part time work was with food. She stated, “When I was 17, I worked at a bagel shop — I ate so many! I was also in all the school musicals, which rehearsed for during the afternoons.”
As for celebrity crushes it was “Kevin Richardson, from the Backstreet Boys. And Orlando Bloom.”
Unlike the characters in Glee – there was no drama in her high school in East Meadow, NY.
“I never had any really bad rumors about me go around, but I always stood up for my friends if there were rumors about them going around. I wasn’t the most outspoken person, but I always stood up for my friends. My school wasn’t too catty, though. They called us the theater geeks and they called us the losers, or the goody-goodies, but no terrible rumors.”
Asked if she has a nickname the 26-year-old revealed, “Since my initials are JU – people called me Ju. Or Jujube, like the candy.”