Sure, there's a growing trend of openly gay actors on prime-time TV (Neil Patrick Harris, T.R. Knight), but 20-year-old Chris Colfer is the only one also playing a gay character — fearless teen fashionista Kurt Hummel on the hit musical series "Glee." He's stealing scenes and hitting all the right notes as a diva unlike any we've seen on the small screen.
He recently chatted with USA WEEKEND about his extended family of "Glee"-cast mates, working with his mentor Jane Lynch, and whether he still answers his own fan mail. (Yes fellow Gleeks, he does!)
Are the "Glee" cast members your closest friends?
"Oh definitely I would say without any shame, we are the best of friends because we were plucked from different parts of the world to do this show. We're so lucky to have each other - I mean it's pretty nauseatingly cute. I go to sushi with Lea (Michele), we all go to the movies, we've had sleepovers in like one person's hotel room when we're on tour but that's stopped because they all snore and I can't sleep. I mean these are pretty much the only friends that I have! We do everything together. I was at Kevin (McHale) and Jenna (Ushkowitz)'s house for New Years; we ate way too much Mexican food and watched the ball drop on TV! We're definitely family, as corny as that sounds.
What's it like working with Jane Lynch?
"Oh my god, I know that I am 30 years younger than her but I am so proud like a parent of her sometimes. If you're having the worst day of your life, she will lift you up because she's so funny. And her and her partner Lara are just perfect for each other and I love Lara because she's so witty and quick - she's perfect for Jane. Jane is definitely an inspiration for me. And it's such an acting challenge to keep a straight face when she calls me a lady boy or a power bottom. Sometimes it's the writers; sometimes it's just her improvising.
What's it like now when you go home?
"My dad text messaged me this morning to tell me that I was going to be inducted in the Clovis hall of fame which is really flattering though I'm not quite sure where the Clovis Hall of Fame is or that we even had one! They're very, very proud of me and I am glad I did grow up there. Whenever I go home, a lot of people want to see me and I don't get to see them all. But yeah it's crazy. It's so funny, the other day on set Ryan Murphy asked me what Clovis was known for and I looked it up in Wikipedia and the main thing it was known for was me!"
What are you obsessed with these days?
"Oh gosh, people are going to probably kill me for this but I am a 'Real Housewives' freak. I love 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' I am obsessed and I have to embrace it, especially NeNe and Kim. I live for Phaedra. It's hysterical. Trashy reality TV and History Channel specials, like a documentary on the clothing of the French Revolution, I am all in!
Do you still answer all your own fan mail?
"Yes I do, if you write to me on Twitter or my real Facebook page it actually comes to me and I do write back. Although it might take me a little while, I get busy but I still do answer it myself personally. Oh but I probably can't come to your birthday party in Nebraska, I do get requests like that. We all do (on the show) and it's kinda heartbreaking.