Olivia Newton-John shot Glee and Score simultaneously

Olivia Newton-John shot Glee and Score simultaneously

Marc Jordan and Olivia Newton-John (Image: Karon Liu) 

Who knew Olivia Newton-John was in such high demand? During this morning’s press conference for Score: A Hockey Musical, the Aussie actress said that she had to fly back and forth from Toronto to L.A. to shoot her cameo in Glee. In the movie, Newton-John plays the mom of a rookie hockey prodigy and describes her character as “an intellectual snob who was vegan before it was popular to be vegan… My father was a professor, so I’m quite familiar with women like her.”

The film is packed with cameos by Canadian icons (Theo Fleury and Walter Gretzky among them). Director Michael McGowan said casting built momentum and buzz as more and more celebs signed on; Newton-John said yes after Marc Jordan (who plays her husband) was cast. His wife, Amy Sky, produced Newton-John’s latest album and convinced her to do the movie. “I thought it would be fun to work with Marc and hang out in Toronto for a bit,” she says. As for the others, McGowan says he cast the net far and wide and asked friends of friends to spread the word of the movie. The most surprising person to sign on, he says, was Nelly Furtado. “Her character has to lick the belly of a fat man,” he laughs. “She’s known as a sexy singer on an international level, but she went full throttle in this.”