Ellen: Mike O’Malley Glee Parenting & Toilet Paper Kids Art


Ellen: Mike O’Malley Justified Vs Glee

Between supportive dad and evil mobster, Mike O’Malley is a split personality. He said nothing made him feel older than watching Ryan Wang play piano and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers. For his theatre major in college, O’Malley had to dance and he barely squeaked by.

“They said, ‘Stop doing that,'” he laughed.


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Ellen: Mike O'Malley Glee Parenting & Toilet Paper Kids Art

Mike O’Malley said that his parenting on Glee is a good example of unconditional love. It’s taught him to unconditionally love his kids’ art. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

He said his role on Glee is great and the role on Justified makes it even better.

“I just listen to what they’re singing and I know where I’m at,” he joked.


He loves working with Darren Criss and Chris Colfer. Chris plays his gay son and O’Malley’s character really has to learn grace and break through the stereotype. A character that might have been pigheaded and unloving turned to be one of the greatest television fathers of all time.

O’Malley said that to see the relationship between his character and Kurt is a lesson in parenting. He hopes that more parents see Glee and learn from Burt and Kurt Hummel.

Mike O’Malley Coaching Kids Sports

In real life, Mike O’Malley has three young kids. He said that he’s had time to coach baseball, basketball and football teams. He said that coaching ages 6 to 10 means you’re the person that makes sure everyone uses the bathroom. The hardcore coaching will come in a few years.

When O’Malley was young, he was playing baseball and a third baseman wasn’t bathroom checked. He said it was a little scarring to watch a peer peeing in the field during the game.

Mike O’Malley’s Toilet Paper Roll Art

Mike O’Malley’s youngest son has a strange artistic inclination. He said that art is usually made of macaroni or paint, but his kids like to utilize toilet paper rolls.

The first of these came from his daughter, who is now 10. She made a tree out of a toilet paper roll and pipe cleaners. Then a leprechaun catcher, with fruit loops on a strip of paper leading to a toilet paper roll. They were supposed to use Lucky Charms.

“What does that look like to you?” Mike showed a photo of a strange, shadow box covered in green paint.

“A mistake?” Ellen said.

Since the stuff has started to take over his home, O’Malley started videotaping his kids explaining the art. They keep the big pieces for a year and then toss them. They still have the memories on tape.

“If it’s on TV it’s true,” Mike O’Malley proudly exclaimed. “I’m the number one coach.”


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