Life after “Glee” for Lea Michele has been a good one. The star went on to star in Ryan Murphy’s TV show “Scream Queens” and appear in Hulu’s “Dimension 404” series. Michele has also penned her second book, the self-help tome “You First — Journal Your Way To Your Best Life”.
Earlier this year, Michele released her second studio album, “Places”.
Matthew Morrison returned to Broadway where he played J.M. Barrie in “Finding Neverland”. He also joined the cast of “The Good Wife”, taking on the recurring role of Connor Fox.
The one and only Coach Sue Sylvester, a.k.a. Hollywood veteran Jane Lynch, continued her stint as host of NBC game show “Hollywood Game Night” and has voiced two animated projects: Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (The 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel, due in 2018) and Netflix’s “The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show”.
In a shocking turn of events for the show, William McKinley's Finn, a.k.a Cory Monteith, left us far too soon. After struggling with substance abuse throughout his life, Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room in July 2013.. Officials attributed his death to a lethal mix of alcohol and cocaine.
After “Glee” actress Naya Rivera dabbled in a few different worlds. Shortly after the show’s final episode, Rivera starred in the Lifetime drama “Devious Maids”, and in 2017, appeared as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.
In September 2016, Rivera released her tell-all book, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up”, in which she revealed she had an abortion while filming “Glee”. Four days after its debut, Rivera welcomed her son Josey Hollis Dorsey.
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Harry Shum, Jr. has gone on to star in the TV miniseries “Single by 30” and most recently starred in Freeform’s “Shadowhunters”. In December 2015, Shum tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Shelby Rabara, in a tropical Costa Rica wedding.
Dianna Agron moved on from “Glee” with a role in 2015’s “Bare” and 2017’s financial drama, “The Crash”.
In 2016, the star married Mumford and Sons' banjoist, Winston Marshall.
The man behind “Glee”’s sartorially savvy Kurt Hummel turned to the literary world after leaving William McKinley High School. Chris Colfer authored the bestselling book “The Land of Stories” and most recently published a new young-adult novel “Stranger Than Fanfiction”, released in February 2017.
After her five seasons on the show, Jayma Mays was booted off “Glee” and moved on to several other TV projects, including British sitcom “Getting On” and NBC’s “Trial and Error”. In 2017, she’ll star alongside Tom Cruise in “American Made”.
In true “Glee” fashion, William McKinley’s Blaine Anderson, played by Darren Criss, headlined Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” back in 2015. Criss has also gone on to star in Ryan Murphy's “American Horror Story”, “The Flash”, “Supergirl” and will take on the role of Andrew Cunanan, the serial murderer who killed Gianni Versace, in season three of “American Crime Story”.
William McKinley’s Mercedes Jones starred in London’s West End stage show “Dreamgirls”, which earned her an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. But before moving across the pond, Amber Riley also took part in NBC’s television adaptation of “The Wiz Live!”.
After leaving the halls of William McKinley, Melissa Benoist picked up the role of Kara Danvers, a.k.a “Supergirl”.
Following in the footsteps of many of her fellow “Glee” co-stars, Jenna Ushkowitz returned to Broadway in 2016, starring in "Waitress". In 2017, Ushkowitz hit the big screen as Marie in the film adaptation of “Hello Again”.
Heather Morris, who played Brittany S. Pierce on the show, is currently focusing on family life. After leaving the show, the 30-year-old actress married her childhood sweetheart, Taylor Hubbell, and welcomed two children, Elijah and Owen.
This year, the star returned to the spotlight, starring on season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars”, where she partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy to cha-cha her way back onto small screens before being shockingly eliminated from the show.
After releasing three singles, including a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan”, Chord Overstreet has been keeping a low profile, and has yet to pick up additional acting roles since leaving “Glee”.
In 2016, actor Mark Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. Needless to say, Salling has not returned to acting since news of his arrest made headlines.
After leaving the show actor Kevin McHale turned his sights on radio hosting, becoming one of four personalities of Dash Radio’s “Sick of my Own Voice" show on their MainStage channel.