27 May 2010
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It’s possible to be fashionable and green at the same time. Just ask Glee’s Jayma Mays, who often carries a clutch purse made from soda and beer can pull-tabs. “It’s all recycled, even the thread. I’ve had a ton of compliments on it. No one knows what it is at first. Then I tell them and they want to look at it and touch it and open it. It’s a great conversation starter,” says Mays, who also shops organic and local at farmers markets and Trader Joe’s. “We try to be as conscious about that stuff as possible.

Mays, who portrayed Hiro’s doomed love, Charlie, on Heroes, now plays OCD guidance counselor Emma on Glee, which returns to Fox on April 13 with new episodes and a roster of guest stars including Neil Patrick Harris, Molly Shannon, and Olivia Newton-John, and all-Madonna music episode on April 20. As for her character’s ongoing flirtation with Glee Club advisor Will Schuester, Mays quotes creator Ryan Murphy in saying that it’s his job as a writer to keep them apart, “and what we know of Emma, she’s a pretty staid person so I think it would be too wild for her to jump into anything.” Whatever the plot brings, she’s having a blast. “It’s nice to be able to go to work and not feel like you’re working,” she says. “I really feel blessed.

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