Colfer was a recent high school graduate when he landed his breakout role as openly gay high school student Kurt Hummel – a role which was created for him (and based partly on his resemblance to Kurt in The Sound of Music). Colfer earned praise and a Golden Globe award for his sensitive portrayal of Kurt’s journey, which included several timely bullying storylines. Since Glee, Colfer appeared in the Absolutely Fabulous movie and has made appearances as himself on Netflix’s Julie’s Greenroom. He has primarily focused his attention on writing, beginning with 2011’s The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. Colfer has written six children’s novels in the series and is currently poised to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the first book. He also wrote, produced, starred in, and novelized a coming-of-age film that premiered at Tribeca called Struck by Lightning.
Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson)
Criss had already earned something of a cult following thanks to his time with internet sensations Team Starkid, for whom he portrayed Harry Potter in the troupe’s famous unauthorized YouTube musical adaptations of the beloved book series. Criss rocketed to instant success when he appeared as Warbler Blaine Anderson in the second season of Glee; his first song, a cover of “Teenage Dream,” became the show’s best-selling single and hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The musician also wrote a song for the 2015 finale, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Criss made his feature-film debut in the indie film Girl Most Likely; while on Glee, he also portrayed the lead character in a Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After Glee ended, Criss took over the title role in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a role he reprised for the national tour’s stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has also maintained a close relationship with Ryan Murphy, appearing in the “Hotel” season of American Crime Story and next starring as murderer Andrew Cunanan in the highly-anticipated second iteration of Murphy’s American Crime Story