updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 07/19/2013 AT 4:30 PM ET
They were young, talented and thrust into superstardom almost overnight. For the cast of Fox’s Glee, life quickly went into “work hard, play hard” mode after the show debuted in 2009.
Unlike the much-younger characters they portray on TV, “these aren’t high-school kids,” a Glee insider says of the cast. And they had easy access to the perks – and pitfalls – of fame.
“They had a lot handed to them,” says the source. “People will shut down clubs so they can dance. They’ve done their share of partying. That’s part of what it’s like to be a young celebrity.”