It’s a busy time for Dot-Marie Jones. Not only is she dealing with the end of her work on the Fox series “Glee,” she is promoting a guest appearance on the Disney Junior series “Doc McStuffins.”
On the Friday episode of “Doc McStuffins,” Jones provides the voice for Coach Kay, a small plastic doll with a crack in her whistle that Doc fixes. At first Coach Kay is really nervous about the surgery, but Doc and the toys help her see that sometimes bravery is needed to do what’s best for you.
“The character is so cute,” Jones said. “Not only am I the voice of Coach Kay, I get to sing a song at the end. I changed my voice a little bit, but you can tell it’s me. I was really animated when I did the recording because the show is for a very different demographic than ‘Glee.’ ”
The biggest audience for “Doc McStuffins” are kids ages 2 to 5.
Jones did the recording a year ago during a break from “Glee,” where she plays Coach Beiste. After six seasons, the series wraps up March 20.
Jones has been so busy with the final year of “Glee” that she had forgotten she sang a song on “Doc McStuffins.”
Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Glee,” had cast Jones in “Nip/Tuck” and the TV pilot “Pretty Handsome.” Then he cast her in what was to be a recurring role as Coach Shannon Beiste, who takes over McKinley High’s football team when Coach Ken Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher) has a nervous breakdown.
He guaranteed her only five of the first 13 episodes. But Jones is such a fan of Murphy that she would take any job he offered. The role grew and Jones turned it into three prime-time Emmy Award nominations for guest actress in a comedy series.
Jones said she is thankful for the big storylines on “Glee,” including this season when Coach Beiste prepares to transition to becoming a man. The plot is similar to one Murphy created for Jones in “Pretty Handsome,” but that show didn’t get picked up.
Jones believes she looks like her real brother when she plays Coach Sheldon Beiste.
One of the things that makes it so hard to let “Glee” go is the fans, Jones said.
“I had one man who was transitioning contact me to say, ‘Thank you. I never thought I would see someone like me on TV.’ After the domestic violence episodes, women told me that our show gave them the strength to get out of their own abusive relationship,” Jones says.