Emmys: Chris Colfer is delighted by nomination, saddened by his limited time on 'Glee'
For Chris Colfer, the breakout actor on the Fox hit "Glee," getting his second Emmy nomination in as many seasons of the show was a great way to start his day. He took a moment to talk about his delight with the news.
You’re like the Emmy boy now.
That is one title I would love to have for the rest of my life.
Were you already awake and waiting for the call?
I think I've gotten to the point where now if someone calls me that early in the morning, I know it’s good news. I was asleep in my bed; I wrapped late last night on the film I’m doing. I slept right through. And it was cool because I got a call from my parents first. They beat everyone to the punch, and I was happy with that.
Are you nervous about your costar Jane Lynch hosting? Scared she’ll spill some of your secrets to the whole world?
I think I have just as many secrets on her that she has on me. I was so unbelievably proud of her when she hosted "SNL," and I cannot wait to see her take on the Emmys. And I’m mostly excited that I’m nominated because it means I’ll have a better seat to watch her. If anyone knows Jane, she’ll kick butt.
We've all just learned that your Kurt character will leave 'Glee' after next season? Were you as shocked as the fans?
I think the overall breaking news of it surprised me. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. It's definitely not my choice to leave the show, but I understand it’s the right choice. The show is very real. To have the character grow up and leave and graduate, it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s more of a big deal because not too many shows have ever done it before. We see the characters until they’re in their early 30s.
Since we won’t be seeing that with Kurt, where do you see him post-graduation:
I always imagined him running his own magazine. Kurtain magazine -- it would be like a Vogue-type publication. I don’t know. I love Kurt so so much. And I’m so proud of what he’s done this past season: He really went through a lot and experienced a lot. I’ve received thousands and thousands of letters from viewers who’ve just identified with him so much. It’s fantastic. I’ll miss that. But at least it’s planned, and I’m sure it will be a nice goodbye.
Kurt did endure a lot this season. How will we see him develop this year.
Apparently, they’re going to go in a lighter, comical direction, which is good. I’m tired of crying in every scene.
Who else are you rooting for at the Emmys?
The biggest one -- that I was not surprised by -- was Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste in the guest category. She is just an amazing, amazing human being. I am more happy for her nomination than I am for my own.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Chris Colfer, center, with "Glee" co-stars Dianna Agron, left, and Naya Rivera. Credit: Adam Rose / Fox