August 30, 2012 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Ali Stroker and Aylin Bayramoglu were finalists on season two of The Glee Project but in the end Blake Jenner won the competition. All of the contenders had been vying for a guest starring role on FOX’s hit series Glee. Now that the Oxygen reality TV competition is over, Stroker and Bayramoglu are both looking to make it in the entertainment industry. Keep reading to hear what they have planned for the future!
Stroker has been an actress and singer for most of her life. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is paralyzed from the chest down and has used a wheelchair since she was two years-old. After the disappointing finale she says she has decided to focus on the positive experiences she had on The Glee Project.
“I really tried to focus on all the things that I had gained from the show. And looking forward to all of the positive opportunities that are going to be coming my way,” she says.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy had been looking for additional actors and actresses to add to the cast. Stroker says she knows what type of character she would like to play on show if the opportunity ever arises.
“I would love to play a girl in a wheelchair who comes to McKinley High and is a little more timid at first and then her real personality comes out and she’s flirty and definitely sassier,” she explains.
Bayramoglu has been singing for a decade. She also comes from a traditional Turkish family and is Muslim. Her heritage was a focus of the show and a storyline Murphy was very interested in exploring.
“I think Glee is about breaking stereotypes anyway so I would’ve loved to be that. I loved what Ryan had envisioned for me, and I think that it would’ve been really cool,” Bayramoglu says.
Looking back on the season both contestants have great memories.
“My favorite was Sexuality week,” explains Bayramoglu, “I don’t know. I just felt at home that week. That was a good week for me. It was fun!”
But for Stroker, she says, “I definitely enjoyed Theatricality because that is sort of–those are my roots. You know theater. So, I really got to let my theater geek flag fly as Lea Michele said at the beginning.”
Bayramoglu and fellow contestant Charlie Lubeck had a special relationship on the series. Now, Bayramoglu says the two hang out often.
“It’s a bit of a complicated situation. I think that a lot of factors go into being in a relationship with people. And yes, I don’t think either of us really have a label for anything yet. I don’t know! But we hang out a lot. Yes, I think that’s how I can describe this,” she says.
Both Stroker and Bayramoglu have plans for the future.
“I am working on a one-woman show that’ll be on stage, and I am going to London at the end of the month to go to the Paralympics and do a concert there,” explains Stoker, “I’m also part of an anti-bullying, pro-love, pro-compassion campaign called Be More Heroic.”
As for Bayramoglu, she is looking to improve her acting.
“I am definitely going to be taking some acting classes very soon, and I definitely want to dabble in that in television and hopefully have some meetings with agencies and just be auditioning for everything,” she says, ”I would love to come out with an album eventually, because that has always been my dream ever since I was a little kid.”
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