Some of Hollywood’s biggest names lent their voices to a staged reading of “8,” Dustin Lance Black’s play about the 2010 federal court case over Proposition 8 (the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008) – something the stars of “Glee” were touched by.
Stars like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, along with Jane Lynch, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, George Takei, John C. Reilly, Martin Sheen, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson turned out to take part in the reading.
“I was so moved that they care enough about this issue,” Jane said of the Hollywood heavyweights who she read with on Saturday night. “I love that they took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to do this… to let the world know what went on in that courtroom. I was really touched and moved to see all these really big stars with fire power up there and advocating for our rights.”
Jane’s “Glee” co-star Matthew Morrison echoed her thoughts, telling Access, “It was so nice and so warm and we were all here for the same reason, so I felt like we all got to come together as equals.”
Chris Colfer admitted to having a few jitters when it came to appearing on stage with Brad and George.
”[It was] nerve wracking! I’m so glad I was playing someone young on trial, because otherwise I don’t know if I could have been like, stoic and played it off like Brad and George did,” he confessed. “I was terrified.”
Chris, who referred to the collection actors who read for “8” as “like a People Magazine crossword,” sees hope in the fight for marriage equality.
“If you just look at the history of our country, every group who has ever fought for equal rights has always won,” he added.