Chris Colfer was good at picking up choreography but didn’t have the best rhythm, so he eventually convinced the choreographers [on Glee] to let him use props, like brandishing a sword or swinging from the rafters in a cat suit.
After first being introduced to Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) as he was being thrown into a dumpster on the series premiere of Glee, the Fox show tackled gay issues big and small, bringing LGBT storylines to the forefront. In 2010, Kurt met the swoontastic (and equally out) Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), causing the audience to cry “squee!” into their Tumblrs and Twitter accounts at the same time. Blaine and the Warblers serenaded Kurt with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” and the Glee cast earned its best single sales week for a download with the song’s release (214,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
While some high school shows might dedicate an episode or two to sexual identity, Glee was one of the first to take the topic head-on with its introduction of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). Kurt eventually met Blaine (Darren Criss) and was permitted to have the same high school sweetheart romance—including losing their virginity to each other—so often celebrated with straight couples in pop culture.
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Chris [Colfer] and I are always very happy when we manage to hear ourselves around Christmastime on (the) radio doing [Baby, It’s Cold Outside]. We always joke, ‘I don’t think they realize it’s two guys.’
There was a party at Glee’s Chris Colfer’s house last weekend, where he screamed “Mommy dearest!” sitting next to Academy Award nominee June Squibb, doing color commentary with Jane Lynch. You can’t write this stuff.
And [Glee] really was what it got credit for being, in that it did things that don’t happen enough: it was a show where an actress with Down Syndrome had a real role in which she got to be funny, and where Chris Colfer sang in the first season in a way nobody was singing on television, and where gender fluidity and grief and loss got to be real.
The great thing has been – Chris and I like a lot of the same things, we have a very similar sense of humor, we’re obsessed with Summer Heights High, we literally do impressions of Summer Heights High on the set.