Although Chris Colfer grew up performing in regional theatre productions in his hometown of Clovis, California, it is the TV series Glee that has launched his career, making him a star.
As Kurt Hummel, a young gay student in high school, his touching performance has gained him an Emmy nomination, and won him the Golden Globe and The Actor from the Screen Actors Guild.
In season two of the series, Kurt’s storyline has rapidly unfolded. He is introduced to Blaine, played by Darren Criss, a gay student who participates in a Glee Club called The Warblers – they become a couple and Kurt joins Blaine’s Club.
When you first auditioned for Glee wasn’t it was for the role of Artie?
Yes, after I went in and audition for Artie, I got a call from my agent that night, and he said, ‘They don’t want you for Artie, but they want you for a new character that they’re creating.’ I had no idea what the new character was, what it consisted of.
I went in front of the executives and the studio and I was still auditioning for Artie. The character wasn’t really created until after I was attached to the show.
You have these powerful storylines this year, does that come from Ryan (Murphy, the creator) or does he feed off of you a little bit, because you’ve talked about being bullied?
I think they fed off of what was going on in the world, there are so many kids out there just like Kurt, in Kurt’s position, and then it got kind of ugly there for awhile with kids killing themselves.
It’s relevant to what is going on in the world today and ours is just a reflection of that.
What’s it like working with Darren?
Great, I’m a huge, nerdy fan of Darren’s from his Harry Potter musical, and I told him that the first day that I met him. I don’t think he believed me. I was maybe a little star struck actually.
When I was in high school I did a show called Shirley Todd, which was a spoof of Sweeney Todd, that I wrote and directed, so that’s why I loved what he did with Harry Potter so much more, because I did it when I was in high school.
Who’s been your favorite guest star this year?
I loved Gwyneth Paltrow, and she’s coming back and I’m so excited about that. We’ve really lucked out; there hasn’t been a single guest that I haven’t liked.
Sometimes I secretly hope that they’ll ask for a picture to show to their kids, so I can get a copy!
What do you enjoy doing the most on Glee?
I love the dramatic scenes that I get to do in the show because they’re fun. It’s like candy. You get to be gritty and gross, and any time Kurt’s having an emotional breakdown. It’s great for me.
Was it fun to do The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
I’m a huge Rocky Horror fan, so I loved doing that one. I didn’t enjoy the three hours of hair and make up every day, but I loved doing The Time Warp.
Can you talk about the Super Bowl episode?
I wasn’t heavily involved because they rightfully focus on the football, and not the gay kids, for the Super Bowl.
I saw them perform the Thriller number and it almost brought tears to my eyes because it was amazing. It’s incredible what they managed to do.
With all the attention you’re getting with the awards, what is that like for you?
It’s very flattering, it’s also very nerve-wracking too, it adds pressure when it comes to those big, dramatic scenes; you have to do them the best you can because people are watching.
What’s it like when you’re the one who gets the nominations, do the rest of the cast treat you well?
The others congratulated me before the awards were even announced, so they’re incredibly supportive. We’re a huge family and they tease me mercilessly about it. They’re like, ‘Oh, here comes ‘Golden Globe Chris!’ They’re very playful.
I could not do what I do without them, every time I walk out in those ridiculous outfits that Kurt’s wearing, and I feel so insecure about myself, they’re the ones that bring me back down.
How have you handled all this fame?
I think I just take it very seriously and I know that along with the award nominations, which are fantastic, there’s a great amount of responsibility that comes with having the character that I do.
Also, I have huge feet, and I’m constantly tripping over myself and that always brings me down from any pedestal that I would put myself on.
Are you going on tour in England?
I believe so. I’m so excited.
What was it like doing the live tour in the States?
Oh my God, that was a very intense tour so I hope they lower it a little bit for us, because I actually tore a tissue in my leg on the final dress rehearsal, so I had ripped tissue in my right leg while I was jumping on a trampoline and wearing the eight inch Lady GaGa heels throughout that tour, so it was a little rough.
But I think just being in Europe makes everything better. We’re going to have a blast.
Have you ever been to England before?
I have, yes. London’s probably one of my favorite cities in the world. When Gwyneth Paltrow was on our show I was telling her, ‘I want to move next door to you. I want to live there.’