Emma Pillsbury-Schuester
Emma Pillsbury
General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Honey
Birthday: mid-September/late-October 1979
Height: 5'4
Occupations: Guidance Counselor
Aliases: Emms, (Ken, Carl, Shannon)
Family & Friends
Family: Will Schuester (husband)
Unnamed Daughter
Unnamed Twin Boys
Unnamed Son
Daniel Schuester (son)
Rusty Pillsbury (father)
Rose Pillsbury (mother)
Unnamed Brother
Betty Pillsbury (niece)
Cousin Betty (mentioned in Mash-Up)
Unnamed Sister

Mr. Schuester (father-in-law)
Mrs. Schuester (mother-in-law)

Relationships: Will Schuester (husband)
Carl Howell (ex-husband)
Ken Tanaka (ex-fiancé)
Finn Hudson (kissed by)
Friends: Will Schuester
Finn Hudson
New Directions
Sheldon Beiste
Sue Sylvester
Burt Hummel
Carole Hudson-Hummel
Rachel Berry
Kurt Hummel
Blaine Anderson
Artie Abrams
Mercedes Jones
Sam Evans
Brittany Pierce
Tina Cohen-Chang
Employer: Principal Figgins (former)
Sue Sylvester (former)
Will Schuester
Enemies: Terri Del Monico
Ken Tanaka
Other Information
Interests: Cleaning
Talent: Singing, comforting people, giving advice
Strengths: Compassion
Weaknesses: Mysophobia, OCD, Being a Ginger
Series Information
First episode: Pilot
Last episode: Dreams Come True
Portrayer: Jayma Mays
Hannah Spiros (8-Year-Old Emma)

Some things are worth fighting for.

—Emma Pillsbury-Schuester, Journey

Emma Pillsbury-Schuester (previously Pillsbury-Howell) is a major character on Glee. Emma was a series regular until Season Four, when she became a recurring character due to her portrayer Jayma Mays' other commitments. She is a guidance counselor at McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

Emma suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and has romantic feelings for Glee Club director Will Schuester, but becomes engaged to football coach Ken Tanaka in Season One, as Will is married. Ken ultimately breaks up with her on their wedding day because of her feelings for Will and when Will leaves his wife Terri, he and Emma share a kiss. Their relationship is short-lived and in Season Two, Emma and her new dentist boyfriend Carl Howell marry in Las Vegas. The wedding is later annulled as it was unconsummated. At the beginning of Season Three, she and Will live together, and become engaged shortly after New Years. Emma also helps to direct McKinley High's production of West Side Story, along with Shannon Beiste and Artie Abrams. At the end of the fourth season finale (All or Nothing), she marries Will. In Trio, it is revealed that she is pregnant. In Opening Night, she gave birth to her first son Daniel Finn Schuester, naming her son after Finn Hudson.

She is portrayed by actress Jayma Mays



Emma could easily be seen as the ideal counselor. Sweet, insightful, selfless and empathetic, Emma is constantly doing what she can to offer good and helpful advice to not only the students, but also to those that she cares about (primarily Will). Unfortunately, despite the fact that Emma tries her best to be logical in her advice, she often lets her emotions take advantage of her actions. Her relationships with Will and Ken are obvious example, as Emma not only began dating, but also agreed to get engaged to Ken, although she did not even like him, all so as to try and spare herself the pain of pining for Will.

Because of Emma's natural kindness, this has also caused her to become extremely meek towards dominant people such as Sue and Terri, who often attempt to bully her. However, when push comes to shove, Emma will still try to stand up for herself, and will without a question stand-up for others (i.e. standing up for the glee kids at Sectionals). Emma rarely stands up for herself, but did when she finds out Will cheated on her, announcing in the teacher's lounge that Will was a "Slut." She has also stood up to Terri telling her that Will deserves much better than her and when Terri found Emma surprising Will at the apartment she asked her if there was a reason why she was there and Emma said that she wanted Terri gone when Will got home. She has also shown her bolder side to Figgins by yelling at him about canceling Glee even though they have worked hard all year. She too has shown a snarkier side by asking if Sue had been finally punched in the face when she had her tear ducts removed. In Season Two, she seems to have become slightly more independent, though she is still shy.

Although Emma seems pretty normal at first glance, like everyone else at the school she has her own sorts of oddities. Most obvious is her mysophobia, OCD and her large, round eyes. She tries her best to make sure everything around her is neat, hygienic and in order. She always brings her lunch to work, and often will clean her food as she eats it, as well as doing things like not mixing different colored grapes, wiping each grape carefully with a sanitizing wipe, and eating with plastic gloves on.

Emma also had, what some might consider, an unhealthy romantic interest in Will. Despite the fact he was married, she often was seen watching him intently, to the point where she would become easily distracted. As previously mentioned, she attempted to cancel out her feelings for Will, by dating a man who was completely wrong for her. This also caused her to become very inconsiderate towards Ken, who she informed that despite dating/engaged, they would not live together, kiss or have anything even remotely close to a normal relationship. She reacted maturely to Will telling her that he left his wife although her decision to resign showed her emotional weakness as she didn't want to work at the school any longer because of her feelings for Will and her guilt over Ken.

Emma can also be known to panic attacks when put under great amounts of stress. Finn witnesses this first hand when he sees Emma planning her wedding in Season Four.



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  • There seems to be an inconsistency with the root of her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In Showmance, she claims that her brother once pushed her into a run-off lagoon, which triggered her OCD. However, in Asian F, it's revealed that her OCD came from her parents constantly making her clean her glasses before drinking from them.
  • She has been engaged more than any other character on the series.
  • Emma mentions that she is 32 in A Night of Neglect but the episode takes place in the spring of 2011 and, given that she began her senior year in the fall of 1997 (as mentioned in Dance With Somebody), it is more likely that she was born in late 1979 and thus she would still only be 31.



Main article: Emma's Quotations



Start a Discussion Discussions about Emma Pillsbury

  • Writing Emma out? Thoughts?

    12 messages
    • Don't. With how finicky networks are regarding new shows, she might be free and change her mind. Use Will to advance Wemma's st...
    • But if both are leaving, it would be meaningless.
  • Wemma wedding

    7 messages
    • I second your statement.

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