Chris Colfer on Emmys, Golden Globes and, oh, yeah, his future on 'Glee' [video]
"Glee" star Chris Colfer has faced a lot of drama on the awards scene. After losing the Emmy last year to Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"), he rebounded spectacularly and won the Golden Globe. Then he lost at the SAG Awards to Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") and now the whole cycle begins again as Emmy season returns. What does he think of it?
Colfer loves it. "When I was growing up, I was an awards show junky, so it's so much fun and exciting," he says in our webcam chat. "When I get mentioned in a category, it puts me over the moon. It's great when you get into it and you see all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, what it takes to get nominated, the voting process — it's pretty overwhelming."
Colfer is particularly overwhelmed right now by his schedule. He took time to chat with Awards Tracker via webcam just before he checked out of a hotel room and dashed off to the airport to catch a plane to London for the "Glee" concert tour. There wasn't time to fix the lighting in his hotel room for the webcam so the ambience looks a bit, ahem, dramatic.
Perfect backdrop for Colfer talking about the future of his "Glee" character, Kurt. Recently, series creator Ryan Murphy freaked out "Glee" fans by revealing that the student characters on the show will graduate in 2012 and new student stars will arrive. Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will remain as "the male and female lynchpins of the series," Murphy told Ryan Seacrest.
Does that mean Colfer and costars will be off the show? Or will there be a spin-off series?
"I don't know what I can say on camera with a straight face and what I can't!" Colfer replies nervously when I ask him for the dish. "I would just tell the fans: Don't be worried. That's all I'm gonna say because a lot of fans are worried that the characters are going to graduate and leave the show, but that's not necessarily the case. Don't fret."
— Tom O'Neil
Photo: Chris Colfer with his Golden Globe last January. Credit: NBC