McKinley High’s guidance counselor, and long time Glee club fan Emma Pillsbury is portrayed by Jayma Mays. Throughout the years Pillsbury has had a long-standing crush on Will Schuester, director of the Glee club, which was seen into fruition by the beginning of the third season.
During the first season, while he was married, Pillsbury became engaged to the football coach, Ken Tanaka, but on their wedding day he broke it off. In season two she spontaneously marries her boyfriend Carl Howell, but due to certain complications it does not work. Finally by season three Pillsbury is living with Schuester and the two become engaged halfway through the year.
Pillsbury has severe OCD and suffers from mysophobia, an obsessive fear of germs and contamination. This becomes a huge factor in her personal life but it does not affect her work with the kids; Pillsbury is often the voice of reason, she is very compassionate and always helps people in crisis. Even though her OCD is not completely cured, she takes pills and goes to therapy and is actively working to change and show Schuester how she feels.
Style wise, Pillsbury loves vintage, her look is incredibly sixties, like she just stepped off the Mad Men set. Her wardrobe staples are cardigans, pearls, pencil skirts and dresses. While she is meek, her colour palette is vibrant. She doesn’t shy away from patterns, especially florals and polka dots. Pillsbury either goes full colour or just a pop, but never fully neutral.