In 2009, the world was introduced to Chris Colfer and his beloved character, Kurt Hummel, on FOX’s ground-breaking musical smash hit, Glee
. Chris played the fashionable, gay underdog to perfection, and the world instantly fell in love with the awkward and passionate, Kurt.
Oddly enough, Chris had originally auditioned for the part of Artie, who we know eventually, was portrayed by Kevin McHale. Show creator Ryan Murphy, however, was so impressed with the young Colfer that he scrapped a previous character to dream up the loveable Kurt.
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And with that, a star was born.
Chris went on to win a Golden Globe, two People’s Choice awards and was nominated twice for Emmy awards for his portrayal of Kurt; who has arguably become one of TV’s most influential gay characters. Yes, we had Will & Grace
, but never had a show (or character) dealt with so many current, real life issues that the youth in the LGBT face on a daily basis; head on and with no fucks given attitude.
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Ryan Murphy helmed a revolution on TV using the characters in Glee
to address topical, serious issues that the masses not only connected with, but learned from. This is made evident in posts similar to this one from the blog Why Glee Saved Me
“I remember watching my first episode of Glee
at my friend’s house and I fell in love with Kurt immediately. As I watched more episodes at home I realized what an amazing show Glee is and it really started to inspire me. At school people were ignoring or hating on me and at home my parents talked bad about me behind my back, that’s why I cried a lot. Glee
gave me so much strength and courage, I’m so grateful this show exists. It taught me that it’s ok to be different and that everyone’s unique in their own way. Not only the characters but also the cast is extremely inspiring and they’re huge role models. They’ve changed me for the better and saved so many people’s lives. Thank you, Glee
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Chris’s on-screen relationship with Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) was dubbed “Klaine” by Gleeks and quickly gained a cult-following within the Glee
universe. The on-screen dynamic and exploration of gay relationships pushed Glee
into new territories and lezbehonest, Santana and Brittany played a part in steaming up our screens just as much, but I don’t think anyone was complaining.
Chris has had some incredibly memorable performances while on Glee
” being one of my personal favorites. “Rose’s Turn
” (with Darren Criss), “I Have Nothing
” and of course “Defying Gravity
.” The list could keep going…I know!
Aside from his many accomplishments on Glee, Chris has gained notoriety as a New York Times best-selling author with his book series, The Land of Stories
; he has written, starred in and produced his own film called Struck by Lightning
and he is set to make his voice acting debut in Robodog
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Personally, I cannot wait to see where Chris’s career takes him. I hope to see him on Broadway in the not-so-distant future, but I think the list is endless; album, more books, television and movie roles, clothing line…I really don’t think he can do any wrong, so I for one I’m anxiously awaiting to see where Chris takes us post-Glee and beyond.
Also, I think we’d make a fabulous couple…
So, to the awkward little boy we fell in love with, to the man who is already accomplished beyond his years…cheers to Chris Colfer (and Brian!); here’s to a long career of entertaining the masses and making us cry.
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