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2nd Sep '14 12:18:22 PM TheNewMattFisher
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->''"...most importantly, to all the kids who watch our show and the kids who our show celebrates who are constantly told 'no' by the people in the environment or bullies at school that they can't be who they are, or have what they want because of who they are--well, '''screw that, kids!'''"''
-->--'''Chris Colfer''', 2011 Golden Globe Awards

'''Chris Colfer''' (b. 1990) grew up outside of Fresno, CA, doing oral interpretation for the speech team in high school as well as participating in the drama club and doing community theatre, including the role of Kurt von Trapp in ''TheSoundOfMusic''.

Then, one day, he auditioned for a little show called ''Series/{{Glee}}''.

Colfer actually auditioned for the role of wheelchair-bound nerd Artie, but show creator Ryan Murphy was impressed by Colfer's talent and charm. He scrapped a preplanned character and replaced him with the character of Kurt Hummel (named after Colfer's prior role as Kurt from ''Sound of Music'', and the cherubic Hummel figurines), a CampGay countertenor. Much of Kurt's character is inspired by Colfer and Murphy's own struggles growing up gay. Since the show's premiere, Kurt has become one of Glee's most beloved characters due to Colfer's heartfelt portrayal. Even TelevisionWithoutPity adores him. He won a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series in 2011, and scored Emmy nominations in both 2010 and 2011.

Colfer is currently in the process of expanding his work beyond ''Glee'' (of the original cast, he and Amber Riley had the least professional experience going in), writing, executive producing and starring in the coming-of-age comedy ''Film/StruckByLightning'' (which had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival), writing the pilot script for a potential television series based on the book ''The Little Lost Witch'' and penning a couple of children's novels, the first of which (''The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell'') made the ''New York Times'' Children's Literature best-seller list in its first week of publication.

He has a thing for Alpacas.
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!!Exhibits:
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Often mistaken for one due to being OlderThanHeLooks:
--> '''Colfer:''' Yeah, and honestly, I hate being so young because I feel like those are the kind of questions I never get asked. Usually people ask us, “Who’s your favorite Jonas brother?” rather than “What were you feeling in this scene?”
* AlliterativeName
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Averted, and how. In addition to ''{{Glee}}'' and all the insane amouts of work that go into it, he has written and will star in a film titled ''Struck By Lightning'', and adapted the children's book ''The Little Leftover Witch'' into a series pilot which was bought by Disney - the adaptation took him all of a weekend, apparently. He is in talks to be attached to the series as a producer of some description. And he makes no secret of the fact that he has other projects in development too...
** He now has a novel coming out summer 2012. As part of a two-book contract. The first book was a bestseller.
** He has also written a second screenplay, which, as of spring 2012, already has a director and producer attached.
* BrutalHonesty: There's no doubt he's extraordinarily grateful to {{Glee}} for propelling him to stardom, but nevertheless Colfer can sometimes be pretty harsh on the show compared to his colleagues. He's come down on it for perceived flaws such as its {{Narm}}, the second season's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment preference for popular songs over ones that fit the scenes better]], and talked the writers into changing a scene that potentially [[{{Wimpification}} Wimpified]] for Kurt. Also isn't afraid to say things that might upset the show's huge shipping fanbase; he has a decidedly cynical take on Kurt and Blaine's relationship and seems to think of [[SuperCouple Klainers]] as having a bit of a FanDumb, although how of it is legit annoyance at some of the... [[ActorShipping weirder]] [[YaoiFangirl things]] [[DieForOurShip they've]] [[IneffectualDeathThreat said]] to him and how much of it is just the usual good-natured ribbing is arguable:
--> "Be scared. Be very scared." - ''his advice to Grant Gustin on Klaine fans''
* DeadpanSnarker: So deadpan that sometimes people actually take him seriously when he's snarking, and then raise a fuss over something he was obviously being sarcastic about. He's barely twenty-one years old; what do you expect?
** Although his fans are completely in the know, and usually find the deadpan jokes to be the most hilarious. Quite a few people laughed out loud when he described everyone waiting for Blaine and Kurt to kiss as perverts.
* EpicFail: He does this purposefully, since claiming to be a llama is, in his opinion, funny.
* [[LyingCreator Lying Actor]]: When it comes to information about Kurt and Blaine's relationship, Colfer is a lying little tease who is not to be trusted. Actually, when it comes to information about the show ''period'' Colfer is a lying little tease who is not to be trusted.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy / SiblingYinYang: He has affectionately referred to his little sister as a 'jock'.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Got pulled over by cops because they didn't believe he was old enough to drive, despite being ''20 years old'' at the time.
* OneOfUs: Yup, he admits to being a huge nerd, and makes his love of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', ''{{Mario}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', among lots of other things, pretty clear. According to co-star DarrenCriss, Colfer is also a big fan of ''AVeryPotterMusical'' (from before Darren began on ''Glee'', believe it or not) and quotes the show often. Furthermore, he's joined Pottermore. Diagnosis: very much One Of Us.
* PerformanceArtist: Yeps. He's been doing musical theater all his life.
* RealitySubtext: Kurt ended up singing "Defying Gravity" on the show, challenging Rachel for the lead. Colfer had begged his drama teacher to let him sing the song in their Broadway revue every year, but was denied. Kurt [[spoiler:throws the audition for his dad (long story)]], but Colfer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8T1o5I5By0 really can hit that high F]] - and did so repeatedly on the Glee Live! Tour, dueting with LeaMichele.
** Kurt and Rachel's growing closeness is quite obviously a reflection of the mutual adoration Lea and Colfer have repeatedly professed for each other; Lea in particular is ''not'' shy about declaring to the world how much she adores Colfer.
* SaiGuy: Believe it or not [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZl1QBOW5X0 its true ]]
* SelfDeprecation: He is quite a fan of this type of humor, particularly when discussing his voice and his appearance; in a CrowningMomentOfFunny in an interview with Conan O'Brien, he compared himself to the child from ''Film/TheOmen''.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: The actor cast to portray young Kurt in "Grilled Cheesus", Adam Kolkin, bears such a scary resemblance to Colfer, ''they are the trope's page image''.
** In a move that has delighted many fans, Adam Kolkin was also cast to play a younger version of Chris's character (Carson Phillips) in ''Struck By Lightning''.
* SmokingHotSex: [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/223931/glee-behind-the-glee-original-song#s-p1-sr-i1 Referenced.]] Sort of.
* VocalDissonance: He sounds like a girl. This throws some people. And by "like a girl," we mean "could possibly rival KristinChenoweth for most beautiful soprano singing voice in showbusiness." And yet, he also has an incredible range, from soprano to a baritone; one radio show flat-out refused to believe that his deep notes in 'Give Up The Funk' weren't computer-manipulated until he gave them a live example on air.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Jane Lynch called him this almost verbatim and often talks about his "inner grandma". Has also been called an "old soul" by David Permut, Kevin [=McHale=], and (according to Colfer) random psychics in airports.
* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He stars in ''Film/StruckByLightning'', a movie he wrote and produced.
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->''"...most importantly, to all the kids who watch our show and the kids who our show celebrates who are constantly told 'no' by the people in the environment or bullies at school that they can't be who they are, or have what they want because of who they are--well, '''screw that, kids!'''"''
-->--'''Chris Colfer''', 2011 Golden Globe Awards

'''Chris Colfer''' (b. 1990) grew up outside of Fresno, CA, doing oral interpretation for the speech team in high school as well as participating in the drama club and doing community theatre, including the role of Kurt von Trapp in ''TheSoundOfMusic''.

Then, one day, he auditioned for a little show called ''Series/{{Glee}}''.

Colfer actually auditioned for the role of wheelchair-bound nerd Artie, but show creator Ryan Murphy was impressed by Colfer's talent and charm. He scrapped a preplanned character and replaced him with the character of Kurt Hummel (named after Colfer's prior role as Kurt from ''Sound of Music'', and the cherubic Hummel figurines), a CampGay countertenor. Much of Kurt's character is inspired by Colfer and Murphy's own struggles growing up gay. Since the show's premiere, Kurt has become one of Glee's most beloved characters due to Colfer's heartfelt portrayal. Even TelevisionWithoutPity adores him. He won a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series in 2011, and scored Emmy nominations in both 2010 and 2011.

Colfer is currently in the process of expanding his work beyond ''Glee'' (of the original cast, he and Amber Riley had the least professional experience going in), writing, executive producing and starring in the coming-of-age comedy ''Film/StruckByLightning'' (which had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival), writing the pilot script for a potential television series based on the book ''The Little Lost Witch'' and penning a couple of children's novels, the first of which (''The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell'') made the ''New York Times'' Children's Literature best-seller list in its first week of publication.

He has a thing for Alpacas.
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!!Exhibits:
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Often mistaken for one due to being OlderThanHeLooks:
--> '''Colfer:''' Yeah, and honestly, I hate being so young because I feel like those are the kind of questions I never get asked. Usually people ask us, “Who’s your favorite Jonas brother?” rather than “What were you feeling in this scene?”
* AlliterativeName
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Averted, and how. In addition to ''{{Glee}}'' and all the insane amouts of work that go into it, he has written and will star in a film titled ''Struck By Lightning'', and adapted the children's book ''The Little Leftover Witch'' into a series pilot which was bought by Disney - the adaptation took him all of a weekend, apparently. He is in talks to be attached to the series as a producer of some description. And he makes no secret of the fact that he has other projects in development too...
** He now has a novel coming out summer 2012. As part of a two-book contract. The first book was a bestseller.
** He has also written a second screenplay, which, as of spring 2012, already has a director and producer attached.
* BrutalHonesty: There's no doubt he's extraordinarily grateful to {{Glee}} for propelling him to stardom, but nevertheless Colfer can sometimes be pretty harsh on the show compared to his colleagues. He's come down on it for perceived flaws such as its {{Narm}}, the second season's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment preference for popular songs over ones that fit the scenes better]], and talked the writers into changing a scene that potentially [[{{Wimpification}} Wimpified]] for Kurt. Also isn't afraid to say things that might upset the show's huge shipping fanbase; he has a decidedly cynical take on Kurt and Blaine's relationship and seems to think of [[SuperCouple Klainers]] as having a bit of a FanDumb, although how of it is legit annoyance at some of the... [[ActorShipping weirder]] [[YaoiFangirl things]] [[DieForOurShip they've]] [[IneffectualDeathThreat said]] to him and how much of it is just the usual good-natured ribbing is arguable:
--> "Be scared. Be very scared." - ''his advice to Grant Gustin on Klaine fans''
* DeadpanSnarker: So deadpan that sometimes people actually take him seriously when he's snarking, and then raise a fuss over something he was obviously being sarcastic about. He's barely twenty-one years old; what do you expect?
** Although his fans are completely in the know, and usually find the deadpan jokes to be the most hilarious. Quite a few people laughed out loud when he described everyone waiting for Blaine and Kurt to kiss as perverts.
* EpicFail: He does this purposefully, since claiming to be a llama is, in his opinion, funny.
* [[LyingCreator Lying Actor]]: When it comes to information about Kurt and Blaine's relationship, Colfer is a lying little tease who is not to be trusted. Actually, when it comes to information about the show ''period'' Colfer is a lying little tease who is not to be trusted.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy / SiblingYinYang: He has affectionately referred to his little sister as a 'jock'.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Got pulled over by cops because they didn't believe he was old enough to drive, despite being ''20 years old'' at the time.
* OneOfUs: Yup, he admits to being a huge nerd, and makes his love of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', ''{{Mario}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', among lots of other things, pretty clear. According to co-star DarrenCriss, Colfer is also a big fan of ''AVeryPotterMusical'' (from before Darren began on ''Glee'', believe it or not) and quotes the show often. Furthermore, he's joined Pottermore. Diagnosis: very much One Of Us.
* PerformanceArtist: Yeps. He's been doing musical theater all his life.
* RealitySubtext: Kurt ended up singing "Defying Gravity" on the show, challenging Rachel for the lead. Colfer had begged his drama teacher to let him sing the song in their Broadway revue every year, but was denied. Kurt [[spoiler:throws the audition for his dad (long story)]], but Colfer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8T1o5I5By0 really can hit that high F]] - and did so repeatedly on the Glee Live! Tour, dueting with LeaMichele.
** Kurt and Rachel's growing closeness is quite obviously a reflection of the mutual adoration Lea and Colfer have repeatedly professed for each other; Lea in particular is ''not'' shy about declaring to the world how much she adores Colfer.
* SaiGuy: Believe it or not [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZl1QBOW5X0 its true ]]
* SelfDeprecation: He is quite a fan of this type of humor, particularly when discussing his voice and his appearance; in a CrowningMomentOfFunny in an interview with Conan O'Brien, he compared himself to the child from ''Film/TheOmen''.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: The actor cast to portray young Kurt in "Grilled Cheesus", Adam Kolkin, bears such a scary resemblance to Colfer, ''they are the trope's page image''.
** In a move that has delighted many fans, Adam Kolkin was also cast to play a younger version of Chris's character (Carson Phillips) in ''Struck By Lightning''.
* SmokingHotSex: [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/223931/glee-behind-the-glee-original-song#s-p1-sr-i1 Referenced.]] Sort of.
* VocalDissonance: He sounds like a girl. This throws some people. And by "like a girl," we mean "could possibly rival KristinChenoweth for most beautiful soprano singing voice in showbusiness." And yet, he also has an incredible range, from soprano to a baritone; one radio show flat-out refused to believe that his deep notes in 'Give Up The Funk' weren't computer-manipulated until he gave them a live example on air.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Jane Lynch called him this almost verbatim and often talks about his "inner grandma". Has also been called an "old soul" by David Permut, Kevin [=McHale=], and (according to Colfer) random psychics in airports.
* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He stars in ''Film/StruckByLightning'', a movie he wrote and produced.
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2nd Apr '13 7:19:08 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* SelfDeprecation: He is quite a fan of this type of humor, particularly when discussing his voice and his appearance; in a CrowningMomentOfFunny in an interview with Conan O'Brien, he compared himself to the child from ''TheOmen''.

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* SelfDeprecation: He is quite a fan of this type of humor, particularly when discussing his voice and his appearance; in a CrowningMomentOfFunny in an interview with Conan O'Brien, he compared himself to the child from ''TheOmen''.''Film/TheOmen''.



* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StruckByLightning Struck by Lightning]]'', a movie he wrote and produced.

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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StruckByLightning Struck by Lightning]]'', ''Film/StruckByLightning'', a movie he wrote and produced.
2nd Apr '13 6:25:51 AM GhostOfAGeek
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->''...most importantly, to all the kids who watch our show and the kids who our show celebrates who are constantly told 'no' by the people in the environment or bullies at school that they can't be who they are, or have what they want because of who they are - well, '''screw that, kids!'''''
->- '''Chris Colfer''', 2011 Golden Globe Awards

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->''...->''"...most importantly, to all the kids who watch our show and the kids who our show celebrates who are constantly told 'no' by the people in the environment or bullies at school that they can't be who they are, or have what they want because of who they are - well, are--well, '''screw that, kids!'''''
->- '''Chris
kids!'''"''
-->--'''Chris
Colfer''', 2011 Golden Globe Awards



Then, one day, he auditioned for a little show called ''{{Glee}}''.

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Then, one day, he auditioned for a little show called ''{{Glee}}''.
''Series/{{Glee}}''.




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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StruckByLightning Struck by Lightning]]'', a movie he wrote and produced.

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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StruckByLightning Struck by Lightning]]'', a movie he wrote and produced.produced.
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15th Mar '13 8:32:36 AM greenfinch
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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''StruckByLightening'', a movie he wrote and produced.

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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He He stars in ''StruckByLightening'', ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/StruckByLightning Struck by Lightning]]'', a movie he wrote and produced.
14th Mar '13 4:27:53 PM RoseAndHeather
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20th Feb '13 7:30:27 PM LizSoWhat
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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He is slated to star in the self-penned ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql1c3fs20SI Struck By Lightning]]'', which filmed during summer 2011.

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* [[DirectedByCastMember Written By Cast Member]]: He is slated to star He stars in the self-penned ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql1c3fs20SI Struck By Lightning]]'', which filmed during summer 2011.''StruckByLightening'', a movie he wrote and produced.
11th Feb '13 9:03:33 AM SayaAensland
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--> Colfer: Yeah, and honestly, I hate being so young because I feel like those are the kind of questions I never get asked. Usually people ask us, “Who’s your favorite Jonas brother?” rather than “What were you feeling in this scene?”

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--> Colfer: '''Colfer:''' Yeah, and honestly, I hate being so young because I feel like those are the kind of questions I never get asked. Usually people ask us, “Who’s your favorite Jonas brother?” rather than “What were you feeling in this scene?”
30th Jan '13 11:10:33 PM LizSoWhat
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30th Jan '13 10:58:23 PM LizSoWhat
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17th Dec '12 3:04:21 PM nombretomado
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* OneOfUs: Yup, he admits to being a huge nerd, and makes his love of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''{{X-Men}}'', ''{{Mario}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', among lots of other things, pretty clear. According to co-star DarrenCriss, Colfer is also a big fan of ''AVeryPotterMusical'' (from before Darren began on ''Glee'', believe it or not) and quotes the show often. Furthermore, he's joined Pottermore. Diagnosis: very much One Of Us.

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* OneOfUs: Yup, he admits to being a huge nerd, and makes his love of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''{{X-Men}}'', ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', ''{{Mario}}'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', among lots of other things, pretty clear. According to co-star DarrenCriss, Colfer is also a big fan of ''AVeryPotterMusical'' (from before Darren began on ''Glee'', believe it or not) and quotes the show often. Furthermore, he's joined Pottermore. Diagnosis: very much One Of Us.
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