Chris Colfer Talks Intense New Season (It's already landed him in the hospital!)Tuesday, September 06, 2011
It’s been a crazy summer for the cast and crew of Glee between the tour, 3-D movie, and rumors of various actors leaving the show. Now, production is back in full swing for Glee‘s third season and star Chris Colfer, who plays fan favorite Kurt Hummel, says that the bar for the production numbers is so high that he’s actually had to seek some medical attention. “Already tomorrow, I’m doing a number that literally may put me in the hospital,” says Colfer. “Get this, I had my fifth visit straight from set to hospital the other day. The fifth time where I had to leave set and go to the hospital.” But the actor does admit that it’s partially his own fault — he went too far with his performance. Says Colfer, “Last week, we were filming a number where the glee kids try to recruit new members for their club. So we performed a number for the student body. Me with the bright ideas, always trying to make Kurt go the extra mile, I started exotic dancing on a table and hurt my foot.” EW talked with the Emmy-nominated actor about season 3, what’s in store for Kurt and Blaine, and if he would participate in the much-rumored Glee spin-off.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what can you say about Kurt this season? Can you tease a little?
CHRIS COLFER: Well he hasn’t really been teased too much so far. He’s still dealing the same issues he always is, the gay kids are constantly facing in high school. Those are still with him.
Oh I don’t mean if Kurt is being teased. I mean can you tease his storyline a bit?
[Laughs] He is entering a new area of school, or attempting [to enter] into a new area of school and responsibility that we have not seen him enter yet.
Like a new club?
Yes. Maybe. Ha.
So what will Kurt’s arc be this season?
One thing with Kurt that they’re tapping into — which I’ve never seen done on TV — they’re really having Kurt having go through the levels of acceptance. He learned to accept himself in the first and second season and now I think he’s really still struggling to still find acceptance from others, unfortunately.
Is Blaine going to McKinley?
Well… you shall see.
Are Blaine and Kurt still together?
Oh absolutely. They really don’t have [many] other options do they?
It felt like Kurt and Rachel really bonded in the New York season finale. Are they still on good terms as this season starts?
Yeah. I’d say they’ve definitely graduated into best friends. I think they’re really, really close.
Obviously there’s been all this talk of you being a senior and it maybe being your last season. How does that feel?
Well, I think being on television, you always have that fear no matter what, because you never know if it’s going to be the end. So it only heightens that. It only intensifies that feeling. But I don’t think there’s such a thing as an actor with total job security.
Can you say anything about the premiere? Where are New Directions now that they’ve lost Nationals?
They’re definitely still disappointed that they had that loss. But they’re still ready to start again. I think the first episode really sets the rest of the season up. I think it gives a very good game plan of where we’re going with each of the characters this season.
Is Sue still running for office?
Yes she is, and wait til you see the posters!
Have the writers given you any ideas about how the season will wrap up?
Not a clue. I don’t think they know yet either.
But would you consider doing a Glee spin-off?
Yeah. I definitely wanna hear details before I fully commit myself to it. But I love Kurt. I love being him. I love the relationship with his father. I would love to move on with this character in some way, just selfishly for my own sake, to see how he grows and the person he becomes. So I’d love to move on with him.