Matthew Morrison Strips Down For Details

You get the sense that Matthew Morrison wants to be taken seriously as a musical theatre actor. Unfortunately when your body looks the way his does, people care far less about your talent than they are preoccupied with visions of licking your abs.

As you can see from the cover yourself, you too are preoccupied with such visions. But if you care what he has to say, you can read some highlights after the jump. What did you all think of last night’s episode of Glee featuring Gwyneth Paltrow?

On being a Broadway slut:

“I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was exciting. Very joyous and free.” But Morrison didn’t shed his inhibitions entirely. He joined a Bible-study group in college, and he didn’t lose his virginity until he was 21. Being perceived as a sex object confused him (and still does). “I’m not comfortable with the idea of my sex appeal, but I know in my job I have to use it. I wish I could say I got to this point in my career based on my talent, but I don’t think that’s true.”

On dealing with the fame monster – for himself and his co-stars:

“I am a teacher to them,” Morrison says of the younger castmates he refers to as “the kids.” “I’ve taken a few under my wing. I don’t want to say they idolize me, but…” he trails off, realizing how this might sound. He’s careful about what he says and wishes some of his colleagues were a little less publicity-driven. “Yeah, I find myself learning a lot from the set. I do look at stuff people on the show are doing, and I don’t judge them, but I question it. I say to myself, ‘Keep quiet.’ Fame … it’s like a handgun – in the wrong hands, it’s dangerous.”

On dating:

“I’m not a good friend right now. I’m not a good boyfriend. It’s not that I’m selfish. I’m just focused.”

So how did Morrison get in such tip-top shape for the cover: he ate well and in the final few days used a trick Sue Sylvester pushed on her cheerleading squad: a sweet potato-only diet.