21 December 2012 (released)
21 December 2012
Becca Tobin Interview: Art imitating Life
Becca Tobin may play “mean girl” Kitty Wilde in Glee, yet in reality she is standing up to the bull. Tobin recently become the new female spokesperson for anti-bullying website BullyVille.com in the hopes to eradicate bullying.
Tobin was the victim of harsh bullying in her senior year of high school and felt isolated at a time she should have been celebrating with her peers. Tobin overcame her bullies and went on to join the Trans-Siberian Orchestra which prepared her for her biggest project yet, Glee.
1. You toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2011. What can you tell me about that experience?
The trans-Siberian orchestra was the coolest experience! We played in huge arenas for some of the most enthusiastic and loyal fans around the country. I have never worked with such talented musicians, and I learned so much from the experience. Working for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra helped me gain back the confidence I needed as a performer, and I think that really prepared me for Glee.
2. What was it like joining a hugely popular show like Glee?
Joining a show like Glee is hardly an experience I can put into words...but I'll try! It was extremely intimidating to join such an established show, but I was welcomed with open arms by the cast and crew. The show demands a ton of time and hard-work, but every second of it is fun. I constantly feel like someone needs to pinch me!
3. You play "mean girl" Kitty on Glee, yet in reality you were a victim of bullying. What can you tell me about that? How did it make you feel?
I think that most kids experience some form of bullying, and it's really an unfortunate thing. I had a difficult time during my senior year of high school. I transferred schools half-way through, and was the victim of some pretty bad bullying by the resident group of "mean girls" at the new school. I hated going to school, and felt very alone during a time that most kids were having the time of their lives celebrating their final year in school.
4. I understand that you are the new female spokesperson for the anti-bullying website BullyVille.com. What are your hopes for your new role?
I couldn't be more excited and fortunate to be the female spokesperson for Bullyville.com. It's an incredible website where anyone can ask for help, tell their personal stories, read about celebrities that went through similar experiences, etc. I hope that by joining this amazing cause, I can not only be an example of someone who survived and overcame bullying, but I also hope that it deters others from bullying. I want to show people that it's not cool to be the "Kitty" of your high school.
5. What advice can you give victims of bullying?
I would tell victims of bullying that the bully is insecure and beats up on people either physically or emotionally because it makes them feel better about themselves, and that's a very weak person. Stay strong, and remind yourself of your friends and family who love you and think you're amazing. And don't hesitate to confide in someone if you feel like you can't handle it on your own.