Chris Colfer, Glee
As if you couldn't add any more points to Glee's Quinn-Finn-Puck-Rachel love quadrangle, a new glee club member is being added to the mix. TVGuide.com sat down with Chris Colfer to get the dirt on who else is crushing on the cool kids. Colfer also discusses the "Defying Gravity" diva-off and the return of one wicked guest-star and the possibility of another ...
TVGuide.com: I hear the role of Kurt was created just for you. How did that come about?
Chris Colfer: When I was auditioning for Artie, the first thing [executive producer] Ryan Murphy said to me was 'Why do I have a feeling you've been in The Sound of Music?' because I have von Trapp written all over me. I told him I had played Kurt in The Sound of Music when I was younger. The next thing I knew, an agent calls and says they don't want me for Artie, but they're creating this new role they wanted me to audition for instead. They didn't tell me it was for me yet. I get to the next audition and I look at the sides and the character's name is Kurt, and afterwards they told me the part was written for me. I was on cloud nine — cloud 19 actually.
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TVGuide.com: Kurt seems to feel like he's superior to everyone else, but underneath it all ...
Colfer: Oh, he's as vulnerable as a little seal about to be clubbed. Being gay makes Kurt not afraid to be different and go outside of the box. It gives him the courage that he otherwise wouldn't have.
TVGuide.com: Kurt is going through some pretty emotional stuff in "Wheels." What can you tell us about the episode?
Colfer: In this episode, Mr. Schuester [Matthew Morrison] lets them know they're going to be doing "Defying Gravity" for sectionals and immediately gives the song to Rachel [Lea Michele] as a solo. Kurt says he wants to do it, but they say, no, it's Rachel's song. Kurt tells his dad that he's upset about what's going on and his dad goes to school and says, 'You can't discriminate against my kid because he's queerer than a $3 bill,' so they let him audition against Rachel. Kurt [ultimately] decides to take one for the team and for his dad as well.
TVGuide.com: You get to go toe-to-toe with Lea Michele in this episode. Was "Defying Gravity" one of your favorite songs?
Colfer: It is my favorite song of all time and the fact that I got to perform it is a complete dream come true. The fact that I had to sing against Lea was extremely nerve-racking because I don't know if you know this, but she has a good voice. She's kind of a power house.
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TVGuide.com: And Lea does look like Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba from Wicked.
Colfer: She does completely. I would love to have Idina on the show. There has been rumors about her being Rachel's biological mother, but I think they're just rumors.
TVGuide.com: Will the other Wicked star, Kristin Chenoweth, be returning to the show?
Colfer: From what I heard, she's coming back. I hope she's coming back because she's so great to work with and such an inspiration for us. I hope she becomes a full-time cast member; that would be our dream.
TVGuide.com: Will Kurt get a love interest this season?
Colfer: I've heard rumors, but I haven't heard anything official yet. He has a crush in upcoming episodes, but it's not reciprocated. As for a boyfriend, I don't know ... All that I ask the writers is that I'm the better-looking member of that couple [Laughs].
TVGuide.com: The glee club has a lot of love issues. What else are we going to see coming out of that?
Colfer: It's very incestual [Laughs]. There's love triangles right now, but there's soon to be love pentagons and hexagons. I get added on to the [Puck-Quinn-Finn-Rachel] quadrangle. We go full force: When Kurt fell in love with Finn [Cory Monteith], why he's in love and what he plans on doing. There's a flashback and it's pretty funny.
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TVGuide.com: How does Finn react to Kurt's crush?
Colfer: Finn isn't the sharpest knife in the chandelier, if you will, so it takes some time to understand what's going on because he doesn't get it right away. As soon as he does find out, he handles it just as you would expect him to. If you're a fan of Finn and think good thoughts about Finn, then he handles it the way that you think he would.
TVGuide.com: Are Rachel and Finn the couple to root for?
Colfer: I think so. They're kind of like the Fran and Mr. Sheffield of our show. You know it's going to happen, you're just waiting for it to happen. Finn is going through so much, you can't expect him to settle down right now.
TVGuide.com: What's coming up in the midseason finale?
Colfer: There is a point where Sue completely screws [the glee club] over and they're forced to come up with songs quickly. The song they do has a deeper meaning for all of them.
TVGuide.com: Where will we find the glee club members when the second half of the season picks up?
Colfer: We'll find them pretty much exactly where we leave off, but I'm not so sure that where that is is a troubled or good place. I think it's a good place, but others might not think it's so good.