Since his time at Camp Redwood came to an end, Matthew Morrison has kept a relatively low profile. The actor and his wife Renee welcomed their second child on June 28 — a daughter named Phoenix Monroe. Morrison shared the happy news to Instagram, writing, “I absolutely love being a Father all over again. I’m so grateful for the moments I have to hold my daughter!”
Before his daughter was born, Morrison produced and starred in the lead role in “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical.” With a Broadway background and six seasons’ worth of musical numbers on “Glee,” it wasn’t a surprising move. However, one source of inspiration for the character is quite the surprise. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Morrison revealed that he “took a lot from Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in ‘Joker'” to create a “carefree and raw” dancing style for the Grinch.
The Christmas special mainly received negative reviews, but Morrison was happy to be performing again. “I feel like the theater community needs this, to sit back and enjoy something that does feel live-ish,” he told EW, calling it a “beautiful way to blend television and theater.”