Wednesday, November 7, 2012
To my relief, Glee has gotten good again this season, and even recently featured the reappearance by one of my favorite cast members, Lord Tubbington. For those out of the loop, Lord T. is the oversized puss belonging to Cheerio Brittany S. Pierce, who first appeared on the Fox show in May 2011 as a guest on her talk show, "Fondue for Two" (for more, see the Lord Tubbington Appreciation Post).
Brittany and Lord Tubbington
Lord Tubbington is actually played by Aragon the Cat, an 8-year-old, 24 pound Bengal kitty who makes his home in Newport Beach, Calif. Originally named after Aragorn from J.R.R. Tokien’s "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy," his name was later changed to Aragon, an ancient kingdom and current region in Spain.
In addition to his acting duties, the ambitious feline is also a comedian, social activist, and therapy cat. Aragon's owner, CeCe Card, recently contacted me about sharing her famous feline's story with the world, which is told here through an exclusive interview conducted by freelance writer and blogger, Wylie O’Rylie of Gonzo Journalism.
Read on for more!
So Aragon, where were you born and where did you grow up?
Well, I was born in Sabillasville, MD, a small rural town in the Appalachian country. I was born into a Bengal rescue facility, where I lived for a year, until my mom came to pick me up, all the way from California. Laguna Beach was so different from Sabillasville. I got to live in Laguna for 7 years. We moved to Washington State for a little bit, but California called our hearts, and now we stay in Newport Beach, CA.
So, is there anything in your upbringing that could have prepared you for your role of Glee as Lord Tubbington?
A few things....my amazing full figure and unique sense of style, which is directly reflected in my furry wardrobe, but I want to start off with my mother. My mom recognized my high level of energy, and constant state of curiosity at a very young age. She knew that I had a higher calling in life, and nurtured my free spirit by taking me on long walks around the neighborhood, and I did this on a leash too.
I liked going places, I liked to explore, and discover the truth. I was given an advantage over the average cat; I get to see things, when many of my peers are idling away in nap time, dreaming about living, I'm actually out in places where many only dream of. As a result, I can hang anywhere. Crowded malls, movie sets, airplanes, you'd almost think I was person, because most of my peers won’t do any of this.
How did you go from Laguna to the set of America’s number one show, Glee?
Well....one day we were walking on my favorite street in Laguna with my mom’s friend, animal talent scout Debbie from Paws For Effect. We were all talking, when she had an epiphany and realized that I should be acting. Within a month, I was auditioning for Glee in a group casting call, and I was selected!
I love the entire Glee cast!! It’s the puuurrrfect outlet for a kitty such as me. It has been a great way to start my career, and now I have more work coming out soon, including a Verizon commercial called “Man Dances with Cat.” I’m open-minded, BUT NEVER WANT TO BE TYPECAST, like Al Pacino, I’m always searching for something new. I have my eyes set on a Super Bowl commercial!
How do you spend your free time?
Besides eating and napping, I give cat therapy at the local hospitals, visiting kids, the elderly, and everyone in-between. I am also a connoisseur of fine dining, after all, spiritual acts of healing make a cat hungry!!
What is your heritage?
I’m a multicultural cat. My grandfather weighed in at over 30 pounds, and our family traces its roots all around south and Southeast Asia. Have cat, will travel I guess. I'm obviously the alpha male, as my siblings are a fraction of my size in comparison. I’m truly a citizen of the world!
Awesome, Aragon, do you have a closing message or any comments you would like to make?
Yes, I love people! And I love making people happy! Love is all that matters. I can and will share my body mind and soul with you. Life is short, so find your calling and LIVE IT!! If your passion changes, that’s o.k. too. Try something else, but don’t short change yourself. You deserve the best. One of my favorite quotes is, “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken."
To learn more about Aragon, visit his official website, or follow him on Facebook to keep up with the famous feline's burgeoning career!