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.
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.
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.
[Glee] dealt with something that was revolutionary at the time, which was this young, gay, teenage love story on primetime TV,” he said. Seeing the show’s adolescent fans react to the story of Blaine (Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), he said, “reminded me of who I was, as a young, confused teenager. It was a doorway for them to talk about things that aren’t easy to talk about.
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.
Chris Colfer: The accomplished singer, author and producer behind Kurt has used Glee as a springboard for other media. The 24-year-old has already written, starred in, produced and novelized his first film, Struck by Lightning and became a New York Times best-selling author after The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. He signed a new five-book deal in November, with the fourth and fifth books in the series due in July 2015 and July 2016. Additionally, Colfer will write two picture books based on the Land of Stories and two companion books for inclusion in a holiday box set due this year. Beyond those, he’s writing a novel for teens that tells the story of a young actor taking a cross-country road trip with his fans. On the feature side, Colfer is in preproduction on the untitled Noel Coward biopic, in which he’ll play the famed playwright in a cast that includes Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave.