EXCLUSIVE: Glee's Chris Colfer discusses bullies, writing and how he originally wanted to play Artie, as he models for Mr Porter
14:24 GMT, 11 July 2012
He's the high-pitched poster boy for gay teenagers, the countertenor star of Glee who has a serious Lady Gaga obsession and a soft spot for glitter.
But although Kurt Hummel is the part he was surely destined to play, actor Chris Colfer admits he originally had his eye on the role of straight, wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams.
EXCLUSIVE: Glee's Chris Colfer discusses bullies, writing and how he actually wanted to play Artie, while modelling for Mr Porter
Speaking to men's fashion website Mr Porter, Colfer explains how after auditioning for the part of Artie in Channel 4's Glee but seeing it go instead to actor Kevin McHale, he presumed 'that was it'.
But the show's creator Ryan Murphy saw in the young actor something innately Glee-ful: 'So they invented a character for me. They invented Kurt specifically.'
What Murphy saw was a young boy who was the star of high school theatre but was being bullied for being fat, having a squeaky voice, and being gay.
Colfer says: 'I was harassed at school every day, called ‘faggot’, I had things taped to my back.'
The actor, 22, explains how since his sister had such a severe form of epilepsy that she was having up to 50 seizures a day, he didn't want to burden his busy parents with his own problems.
'For most of my adolescence I was in my bedroom writing or watching things I shouldn’t be watching on TV, like Nip/Tuck [another Mr Murphy show],' he says.
'And I was obsessed with superheroes. I had this thing where I wanted to be rescued. The other kids wanted to be Superman, but I thought Lois Lane kind of had the best deal.'
Standing out: 'The other kids wanted to be Superman, but I thought Lois Lane kind of had the best deal'
The Golden Globe winner quickly became a prolific writer, often scribbling stories between takes on the set of Glee. He has already written a book for children, The Land Of Stories, and is now working on the sequel.
While working on Glee he wrote, produced and starred in a movie, 'a dark comedy for teens', Struck /07/11/article-2171503-13FFE3C8000005DC-490_634x560.jpg” width=”634″ height=”560″ alt=”Laid-back: Colfer wears Alexander McQueen's slim-fit stretch cotton blend shirt, Alexander McQueen striped-waistband cotton suit trousers, Linda Farrow Luxe round-frame glasses and Uniform Wares 250 series steel wristwatch” class=”blkBorder” />
Laid-back: Colfer wears Alexander McQueen's slim-fit stretch cotton blend shirt, Alexander McQueen striped-waistband cotton suit trousers, Linda Farrow Luxe round-frame glasses and Uniform Wares 250 series steel wristwatch
During the interview Colfer modelled a single-breasted navy wool tuxedo by Lanvin (1,7500); an Alexander McQueen velvet and satin bomber jacket (885); Givenchy's grosgrain-bib cotton shirt (180); Drake's pocket square and bow tie set (115); Alexander McQueen's striped-waistband cotton suit trousers (425); Linda Farrow Luxe round-frame optical glasses (340); an Alexander McQueen slim-fit stretch cotton-blend shirt (215); a Dolce & Gabbana slim-fit stretch-cotton shirt (185); and Uniform Wares' 250 Series steel wristwatch (390), all available at www.mrporter.com.
Brooding writer: Colfer wears Alexander McQueen's velvet and satin bomber jacket and a Dolce & Gabbana slim-fit stretch-cotton shirt
Two-part tussle: Chris Colfer in Glee as Kurt Hummel, left, and Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams, right, the role for which Colfer originally auditioned
Gleeful gang: Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, top left, and his Glee co-stars, including Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams, bottom right