The breakout star of Glee is now ready for his next act. He’s written the screenplay for his new movie—also starring him. The actor talks about the film, his surprising groupies, and all things gay.
Some people learn how to write screenplays by taking a class. Not Chris Colfer. When he was in high school, he kept crouching down at a Borders bookstore in Fresno, Calif., where he religiously read, and re-read, a $40 copy of Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola.
“I was a huge history buff,” says Colfer„ 22. “The movie came out right at the time I was studying for my AP European History class.” By obsessing over the screenplay, “that’s how I taught myself to be a screenwriter,” he says. “I never could afford it, because it was $40. So I’d always visit it at the Borders and study the format.”
In addition to acting, Colfer wanted to pursue a writing career. During the first season of Glee, after Kurt turned him into a pop-culture phenomenon, he’d go home and work on his first screenplay. The result isStruck by Lightning, a title that refers to the fate of its central character, Carson (played by Colfer), a high-school geek who blackmails the cool kids at his school into submitting stories for his literary magazine. The movie opens in theaters on Friday.
Colfer spoke to Ramin Setoodeh about the film and all things gay.
Mike O’Malley said he just shot a GREAT scene with Chris
“Glee” is taking a fresh approach in Season 4 — as a handful of beloved characters graduate, we’ll follow them as their paths take them away from McKinley High, but the high school glee club will remain central to the story.
Of course, broadening the scope of the show means it’s time to bring in new characters — and “Glee” bosses have put out a casting call for three new series regulars. (No word yet on whether established recurring guest stars like Chord Overstreet and Vanessa Lengies will be upgraded to series regular status.)
The first newbie they’re looking for is a male character in the early- to mid-twenties age range. Since he’s obviously too old for McKinley, we’re guessing he’ll come into play for one of the graduating characters. Needless to say, they’re looking for an actor who is also a fantastic singer.
Back at McKinley, a sixteen-year-old girl will be joining as a regular. The only requirements on the casting call? She’s got to be “pretty” — and she’s got to be able to sing.
The most intriguing fresh face, however, is Noah Puckerman’s 16-year-old younger brother. They’re looking for someone who is not only good looking and resembles Mark Salling, but who can play the guitar — just like big bro! Of course, we haven’t heard Puck mention his brother before, just a sister, so the dynamic between the Puckerman boys is anyone’s guess.
isnt puck going to cali??
claireabell: I was excited to hear about the new Glee season four guest stars, but I’d much rather know which castmembers are going to return!
We were pleasantly surprised when we learned this, but we’re right there with you on your season-four concerns. We recently caught up with the always-charming Matthew Morrison and asked him if he learned anything on their last few days on set. “It was a sad couple of weeks actually…We just didn’t know who we were going to see next year or not. We don’t really know much about what is going to happen next year, so it was really sad. “One thing we do know is that Morrison has his own hopes for a celeb guest spot, “If I had my dream cameo, I think it would be like Harrison Ford. I don’t think he sings, but you know.” Hmmm…maybe he could play an archaeology professor? Seems like a bit of a stretch.
When you’re a member of the close-knit “Glee”cast, acting like you’re inhabiting the body of one of your best friends could get weird. But Jenna Ushkowitz tells Zap2it that filming the “Props” episode was actually quite fun for the whole gang. But how does the premise come about?
“[Tina] bumps her head and sort of gets into this body-swapping thing and a lot of people turn into somebody else,” Ushkowitz explains. “I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s really really funny, but I will say that we all as people know each other really really well, so everybody who impersonates somebody else — it’s just really [funny].”
Cory Monteith says that acting like fellow McKinley High Senior was quite challenging despite the fact that they’ve been working together for three years now.
“It was challenging, because Chris Colfer and I are very different human beings,” Monteith says of trading places with his onscreen step-brother. “It also made me realize how great of an actor Chris Colfer is and how different he really is from Kurt as well. A lot of respect for that guy.”
What else can you expect from the first half of “Glee’s” epic two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 15? A Rachel-Tina duet — finally. “I had been wanting [it], but I never really spoke up about it to Ryan [Murphy]. They actually gave us one, which was really exciting.”