He’s a rebel. He’s a criminal. He’s a romantic. A closer look into the real guy behind Glee’s Puck.
Noah “Puck” Puckerman is more than just a man with a Mohawk. Over the recent episodes we’re seeing a more sensitive Puck on the show. As a soon-to-be father, Puck is doing what he can to give Quinn money…even if it means stealing from the bake sale.
Mark Wayne Salling plays Puck, the bad boy the nation is falling in love with. Salling is 27 years old, born and raised in Dallas Texas. So, a southern boy. I wonder if he ever had a southern accent… boy, that’d be sexy. I imagine his Texan roots didn’t hurt him land a role on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” back in 1999. That seems like a long time ago for a guy who’s playing a teen on TV now.
Other than “Walker, Texas Ranger”, Salling really has only had 2 other gigs on his acting resume. And they both have a scary theme…literally. He had a part in the 1996 horror “Children of the Corn: The Gathering” and then ten years later was in a movie called “The Graveyard”.
While he’s had surprisingly few acting jobs, Salling is proving himself as a great actor. And don’t forget about his musical ability. When you see him with a guitar in Glee, he’s probably not faking it. Growing up, Salling would play guitar in local bands and dabble in songwriting. Actually, dabbling is an understatement. He’s written songs for recording artists like Josh Green and Danielle McKee.
His musical interests started very early. In a recent interview, Salling says he started playing piano at age 5, and writing his own music at 6 or 7.
What’s on his iPod? Oddly enough it’s probably “smooth jazz”. Strange, I know. But he was influenced in the 90’s by the grunge scene, bands like Pearl Jam.
Salling says the TV shows he’s most likely to watch are the Simpsons and Family Guy. While I’m sure he’s telling the truth, I can’t help but wonder if he’s not revealing a few other favorites, instead feeling obligated to mention only on the same network as Glee. But hey, don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
If you can’t get enough of Puck (and horror flicks aren’t you’re thing), check out Salling’s new musical venture. He sings, writes and plays guitar for a solo project entitled “Jericho”. Here’s a taste of his music, in addition to an interview he did before he joined the hit show Glee.
Here’s Mark Salling talking about himself playing a “douchebag”