Vanity Fair put it best by calling Chord Overstreet’s character Sam on Glee, “McKinley High School transfer student, football star, and frequently shirtless, Bieber-haired New Directions member Sam Evans.”
The actor made his debut on the show in Season 2, and had this to say about joining the already tight-knit cast:
Luckily, they were all really cool and they’re all super sweet people and they were really nice to me. They could have been really big divas and really rude, but they were really cool and a blast to work with. They made me feel welcome.
Throughout his years on the show, he’s dated Brittany and Mercedes, became a model in New York City and finally settled into a role as an assistant football coach back at McKinley.
Now that the show is ending this season, learn more about the personal and profession life of the 25-year-old Nashville native.
1. He Dated a ‘Neighbors’ Star
Overstreet dated actress Halston Sage from January until April of 2014. The split was confirmed when she was spotted with Zac Efron, her costar on the 2014 comedy Neighbors at a Lakers’ game, days later.
He also dated Emma Roberts, who he met at Coachella in 2011. They were together for nine months.
At the time, a source told Us Weekly that Overstreet was “so nice and was such a good boyfriend. . .He was always so sweet.”
2. He Writes Original Songs
He started playing the guitar at 10, and then at 16 he began writing songs with his songwriter father. “My dad’s been a songwriter since the beginning of time, for me. But he helped bring me along, encouraged me, and definitely made me into the writer I am today,” he told Just Jared.
As far as his writing process goes, he told the magazine, “There are some songs that have taken me six months to finish. They’re are also songs I’ve written in an hour. It’s just different. The process, usually when I’m writing about myself, sometimes it will just come out of you and that’s one of the times you just have to… it’s just natural, it flows, and it just feels right.”
Watch the video to his single, “Birthday Suit,” above.
3. He Makes an Appearance in His Brother’s Hot Chelle Rae Video
In the video, Chord kisses the singer’s girlfriend, to the lyric “My girlfriend went and cheated on me.”
When asked if Chord gets his fair share of women, band member Ryan Follese said, “I would say yes; whenever we’re hanging out we’re having a really really good time and usually a lot of women come up and talk to him.”
Nash told NovaFM about sharing success with his younger brother:
In early 2009 we went to Los Angeles to record our first record and at the same exact time he started shooting a movie. It was really cool to have the first official real gig in each of our careers at the same time.
4. He Has a Musical Name
The musical gene runs in the Overstreet family.
His father, Paul Overstreet, has written 27 Top 10 songs for stars like the Judds, Randy Travis and Blake Shelton.
Songs such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “When You Say Nothing at All,” the tune made famous in Notting Hill, were also co written by the elder Overstreet.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, he explained his name’s origins. “I have four sisters and one brother – and I was the third one born. There are three notes in a chord, so that’s how I got that name. My dad’s in the music business, so he gave me a musical name.”
5. His Fave Guest Star Was John
When Glamour asked him who his favorite guest star has been on the show, he answered, John Stamos.
He gushed, “I love John Stamos. John’s a really friendly, cool dude. I thought when I met him for the first time, ‘I wonder if this guy is going to be kind of a little bit of a…” but when I met him he ended up being one of the coolest guys and playfully makes jokes with everybody. I watched Full House. I loved Full House. He’s just a cool dude.”