New Chris Colfer InterviewWednesday, March 16, 2011
With a plethora of PopWrap posts previously dedicated to his performance, it should come as no surprise that I've been riding the Chris Colfer bandwagon since "Glee" first launched back in 2009. With that in mind, I'll save the effusive compliments since they've all been printed before and simply say that I caught up with one of my favorite actors last week to talk all about season two of "Glee."
A year that has been endlessly eventful for Kurt Hummel, aka Porcelain, as he changed schools following repeated physical threats only to find unrequited (?) love and complete acceptance at Dalton Academy through Blaine and The Warblers.
Now, with tonight's episode focusing on the hurdle that is Regionals, we will find out once and for all which glee club shall emerge victorious -- but according to Chris, that won't actually be the moment everyone is buzzing about tomorrow since death is coming to Lima, Ohio and claiming a character fans have grown to love.
PopWrap: We haven't spoken since your Golden Globes win -- so congrats! Did you actually black out?
Chris Colfer: I have absolutely no recollection of any of it. I don’t even remember them saying my name, I just remember everyone at my table jumping up and Ashley [Fink] & Dianna [Agron] kinda pushing me towards the stage. That’s when I blacked out. I’m just so glad I didn’t make any political or religious jokes when I got up there [laughs].
PW: Very impressive that you were able to be so witty while unconscious -- especially with where you left your heart.
Chris: Right? They’re the only people I could remember that were in the room, so I don’t even know if they were near where I was walking. I did a lot of debate in high school, so maybe that’s my automatic pilot.
PW: This season must have been quite jarring since you basically had to work with an entirely new cast after Kurt transferred to Dalton Academy.
Chris: It really was, but I liked it because it literally put me in the same shoes as Kurt. I didn’t have to do much acting. He was in a new world and I didn’t know anyone besides the crew within the Warblers – but like Kurt, I became great friends with those guys, and as soon as Kurt goes back to McKinley, I will miss them!
PW: Jenna Ushkowitz was telling me how much she missed having you around, were there any New Directions songs you were bummed to have missed out on?
Chris: Oh god yes! The whole thing with Gwyneth [Paltrow] last week, I was so upset. But I think I was most upset to have missed “Thriller/Heads Will Roll.” That made me really sad and it was so big and amazing and I felt so left out and sad that I couldn’t be a part of it. On the flipside, I got to be a part of so many fantastic Warblers songs, so it’s been an equal trade. Actually, no [laughs], it hasn’t. But I've loved it all the same.
PW: Ostensibly you'll be part of the upcoming Warblers CD, right?
Chris: Yea, I’m interested to see what's going to be on it. I’m hoping they’ll put all the songs Kurt sang as a Warbler on that album. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and I do “Blackbird” tonight and maybe “Animal” from last week.
PW: Yea, let's talk about "Animal" for a second -- what were your thoughts on that foam party?
Chris: You know … I have a lot of thoughts [laughs]. Some inappropriate, some appropriate [laughs]. There were some moments that were very suggestive, which I guess you’d expect at a foam party. Just the fact that these kids found an abandoned warehouse in the middle of nowhere with so many foam machines – I think that’s the real accomplishment [laughs]!
PW: Which was more fun to film -- "Animal" or the GAP flashmob?
Chris: Well, with The GAP, we got to go shopping at lunch, with a really big discount. So I have to say that one – plus, I liked taking inappropriate pictures with the mannequins.
PW: It all comes back to the inappropriate pictures & thoughts, doesn't it Chris?
Chris: Hey, you gotta keep yourself entertained when you work the hours we work. But it’s really funny because whenever someone out there makes a comment about the show being inappropriate, risqué or suggestive, we’re always the first people to point it out on set. We’re the first ones to make the jokes about our show.
PW: Speaking of, I have to applaud that week's gay sex conversation Burt & Kurt had -- quite a brave scene to have on network television.
Chris: Oh, absolutely. I was so thrilled when I got that script. Just the line when Burt says, “don’t throw yourself around like you don’t matter.” I think that’s something that every single kid – gay or straight – should hear because no one ever has that talk with their parents. Especially gay kids.
PW: Was rather odd though that Blaine spurred it on, no?
Chris: I know! That was interesting, wasn’t it? Who goes up to a friend’s parent and tells them to talk to their kid about sex?!? [laughs] I think it was very awkward, but it should be.
PW: With the Blaine/Kurt relationship, I think the show has done a great job of not rushing into it.
Chris: I think so too – I’m definitely glad we didn’t just throw someone in there as “Kurt’s boyfriend” and call it a day. I love that it’s been a journey that they have shared and are still experiencing. It’s going to take a while for things to develop, just like it does in real life. I’m very happy with how they built the character and played up the discovery angle before putting them together.
PW: Tonight's episode also features a death -- what can you tell me about it?
Chris: There’s a death, a full-on funeral scene and it’s intense. It happens very quickly and I know that a lot of fans will be upset about it.
PW: Is it McKinley-specific, or will this death impact Kurt at Dalton Academy as well?
Chris: Well, the weather just has to change and Kurt’s in tears, but The Warblers and Kurt and the fans are all going to be disappointed by this one. It’s a prominent character, it’s not like “oh, Joe died” – it’s someone we’ve seen for a while.
PW: Tonight also features Kathy Griffin as a Regionals judge -- you two must get on like gangbusters.
Chris: Oh my god, I love her so much. She’s so funny and so much fun to be around – I’ve been a huge, huge fan since I was little and watching “Suddenly Susan.” She got me into a lot of trouble in high school because I would watch her stand-up specials and I always thought I could be like her, say whatever I want, whenever I wanted. Yea ... it didn’t work out like that for me, so I went through a lot because of her, but I can’t say enough good things about her. And apparently we’re still married.
Chris: We spoke in front of an audience of gay youth and as a joke we got married on stage, but Adam Shankman – who directed the speeches – is actually ordained, so technically we’re married. I mean, we haven’t filed anything in the court system, but it was nice to see my wife again. Oh wait, can I put you on hold for just a second? They’re delivering a new script right now [pause]. Ok, sorry!
PW: No worries -- can you tell me which script it is?
Chris: Let me open it up and take a look! It’s episode 18, “Born This Way.”
PW: Wow, episode 16 is airing tonight -- you guys really aren't giving yourselves much of a buffer.
Chris: No we are not! [laughs] We’re pushing it to the limits for sure. It’s a little bracing, but our schedule is always like this, so the fire is lit underneath us anyway.
PW: It's been widely reported that Karofsky will sing "Born This Way" -- should we expect that storyline to get some resolution this season?
Chris: It’s unavoidable -- plus, I think it would be criminal not to conclude that storyline. I mean, I kind of know where things are going, because they tell me light whispers, so...
PW: This is now the second Lady GaGa-inspired episode -- you guys gonna get her on the show next season?
Chris: Oh, I would hope so! Who could she play – maybe my long-lost sister!
PW: Well, you are certainly pulling in famous relatives from all over!
Chris: [laughs] I am! Oh my god, Lady GaGa should play my Aunt Anne Hathaway’s lesbian lover! How amazing would that be! Now, I just have to get Julie Andrews as my grandmother and I can die a happy boy.