Defying GLEE’s Hiatus: We Catch Up with Stars Chris Colfer and Kevin McHale


Simply put, our life sucks without GLEE. Which is why, in an effort to help fans keep holding on until the show’s much anticipated April 13 return — we at, in lieu of uploading a killer shower rendition of ‘Can’t Help Fight This Feeling,’ which let’s face it nobody needs to see — will be spending the next few Wednesdays sharing interviews with some of your favorite stars from the show. Today’s interviewees are short but sweet ones with stars Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Kevin McHale (Artie) who were kind enough to take some time at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour to discuss what’s in store for their characters when GLEE finally returns in 55 days, 4 hours, and 42 minutes. But who’s counting?

Last April, before anyone had seen more than snippet of footage, we had the pleasure of chatting on the set of GLEE back when you two were nobodies. Now, almost a year later with a Golden Globe for Best Television Comedy under your belts, not to mention millions of downloads on iTunes,and a second season renewal later, just how much has life changed? And has the success sunk in?
Kevin McHale: We’re big on twitter!
Chris Colfer: It’s been one heck of a roller coaster ride. Has it sunk it? Umm.. no. But I’m glad it hasn’t because if it had, I’d go crazy.
Kevin McHale: Because we were done shooting our first thirteen episodes before anyone even saw the second episode we had no idea how things would work out. The fact that people watch the show, know the show and that it has done so great so far, it’s just incredible.

I can’t help but notice that both of you are now standing next to publicists! Has the atmosphere on set changed now that you’re all big stars? Which one of you two can’t I look directly in the eye?!
Kevin McHale: [Laughs] Luckily it’s the exact same show and I don’t think any of us would change that for the world. We were all like, “We can’t wait until we get back to work.” It’s where we first met, it’s like home and definitely great to be back.

I know you’re not going to be able to spill much, but what can you tell us about the first few episodes back.
Chris Colfer: The first few episodes dig pretty deep on a lot of different levels. I really think we keep topping ourselves. Every production number, every character back-and-forth, the show keeps getting better and better.
Kevin McHale: More songs per episode and bigger dance numbers, there’s just more of everything. Plus the Madonna episode is going to be amazing.
Chris Colfer: Kurt has very good episode coming up.

Not vague at all, but since you brought it up… Would Kurt’s ‘very good’ upcoming episode happen to coincide with the start of a much-buzzed-about relationship?
Chris Colfer: I can’t say. But let’s just say it’s a very very very very good episode. (Chimes in Colfer’s publicist, “For the record, that was four “very’s!”)

Since you guys understandably don’t want to spoil what’s going to happen, perhaps you’d care to share what you’d like to see happen. Where would you take your characters if you had the power of the pen?
Chris Colfer: Eventually, I’d like to see Kurt as the editor of ‘Kurtain’ magazine, a fashion magazine spelled with a ‘K’ of course that trumps Vogue. And I guess since it’s upcoming, maybe a love interest. That’s something I would want to do but really anything I could come up with would never be as good as what they come up with and continue to come up with on the show.
Kevin McHale: I couldn’t think of anything that would come close to what the writers would think of. It’s amazing. The best part is getting those scripts and finding out what they’re going to have us do next.

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  • Lindsey Morrison

    A relationship for Kurt? Now that is FOX television…and of course all super religious people will be offended by it and demand it’s cancelation or something…religion always have to ruin good things on television…lol….like they did to movies…Harry Potter, Davinci code, Twilight…so on

  • grumpyoldman

    Why, in a world were it’s wrong to hate someone for the color of their skin, is it okay to hate people for their religious beliefs?

  • Reanie

    @grumpyoldman — Amen to that. It’s a standard that is sickening… my belief system shouldn’t permit someone to hate me – but it has plenty of times.

    Also, how can you say religion ruined those movies? They are just as popular as they were before – people who are going to watch them have watched them, people who weren’t might have ranted, but they aren’t BANNED, just avoid those rants. There are plenty of successful tv shows with gay and/or lesbian relationships and storylines. Glee will remain just as popular when Kurt gets a boyfriend.

  • Agustina

    grumpyoldman: I don’t think it’s okay to hate someone for their religious beliefs, but these people shouldn’t hate or judge anyone for their sexual orientation either.

  • Austin

    @Lindsey Morrison, how exactly did religion ruin Harry Potter, The DaVinci Code, or Twilight? The Catholic Church supported the Harry Potter film’s moral lessons and Twilight was written by a Mormon. Not to mention both of those film series are two of the most successful in fiolm history, so religion hardly affected them at all. The only film which failed was DaVinci Code,and that was no one’s fault but the creative team who made a two-hour snoozefest.

  • Jodi

    I don’t know, grumpyoldman. I am hated by most Christans because I’m Pagan and bi-sexual to boot. No one is hating Christians for their religious beliefs but in turn they should not hate people because of their sexual orientation. Judge not, sir!

    A for the show, I am dying to see what they do with all of the characters.

  • ashley

    kurt deserved a boyfriend …he is so funny and all but hes character is so lonely,…and i think he deserved someone …gaypeople are people 2 lets..them live and be happy ,….

  • obknyc

    People do not choose the color of their skin; people do choose to belong to religious organizations that actively seek to prevent certain civil, not religious, rights being accorded to certain communities. I don’t think many people hate other people over religious beliefs (fundamentalists excepted), but I do think a lot of us wish people would keep their religious beliefs our of our lives, as we really don’t care much what they believe. We respect their right to believe it, but honestly, don’t care and don’t want it to affect our lives.

  • CanadaNick

    I think that if people stopped focusing on the negative and more on the positve than there wouldn’t even be issues. It shouldn’t matter what your beliefs or opinons are, everyone is entitled to their own. But we shouldn’t hate, it helps absolutely noone. Just because some religious people are intolerant and evil, doesn’t mean all of them are. Your allowed to believe what you want, as long as your actions don’t negatively affect someone. You also shouldn’t get mad at someone if they insult you in some way, rather you should explain to them why it isulted you. I agree, Kurt should get a boyfriend, then maybe people will begin to understand the struggle that gay people have to face in reality, show the world that sexuality isn’t a choice. People are generally opposed and afraid of things that are different, but if everyone were exposed to those different environments then it would become normal for them. :)
    Glee is such an eye opener, I really hope Kurt gets a boyfriend, and I am so pro Racheal and Finn XD

  • Jessi

    @Lindsey Morrison , don’t be lame. I’m “religious” (a fundamentalist Southern Baptist, actually) and Glee is my favorite show. I have a big, fabulous Kurt magnet on my fridge- next to my even bigger Artie magnet (he’s my fave!) It’s sad that you’ve taken an article about a good tv show and turned it into a soapbox for you to air out your preconceived notions about a very large group of people.

    Anyway, I don’t care if Kurt gets a boyfriend, if he moves to San Francisco, or gets adopted by Elton John and Lady Gaga. My primary concern for the show is what happens between Artie and Tina. Beyond that, I’m fine.

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  • Josh

    @grumpyoldman – I don’t think it’s okay to hate a person for their religious beliefs either. It *is* however okay to complain and gripe when said person cannot keep those beliefs to themselves, acknowledge that not everyone shares their beliefs, won’t stop trying to force those beliefs on the public at large because they think we should all share them, and especially because it has NOTHING to do with their actual religion to be as cold, cruel and evil as most of them are. Just my thought.

  • Jo Devlin

    The hiatus is far too long, to have 4 months in the middle of season 1 is just outrageous.

    Nice article, thanks for trying to fill the void ;-)

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  • HERB

    What I object to is people stereotyping Christians….we are as diverse as any other group of people. It is widely understood that it is inappropriate to paint all gay people with the same paintbrush, but it seems to be acceptable to paint all Christians with the same brush, and usually not favourably. There are many Christians who are loud, obnoxious, and verbally confrontational and they give Christianity a bad name. Don’t judge our faith and works by their verbal diarrhea.
    Thank you.

  • Nathan

    The problem is not religious people & it is absolutely wrong to hate someone based on their religion. The problem are radical right-wing nutjobs who use religion to justify their homophobia & sexism. A few points though:’

    - The radical “Christian” Right (which is far from Christian) actually has largely embraced Twilight. They like it’s unhealthy take on ‘abstinence’ that results in marriage right of highschool and a woman’s complete surrender of her life & will to her high school boyfriend.

    - The Catholic Church did hate the Da Vinci Code, taking bad writing far far far too seriously & giving it far more attention than the dime store trash ever deserved.

    - Harry Potter was Lindsey’s only valid example (as the “Christian” Right got it banned from several school library’s because they’re afraid of… I have no idea what).

    20th Century Fox is NOT Fox News. They have the same owners, but different management. Fox is actually relatively gay-friendly compared to other major networks (CBS is terrible!) Fox doesn’t have a right wing agenda, they have a making money agenda & if the audience wants Kurt to have a boyfriend (it does) than Kurt’s going to have a boyfriend.

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  • Jess! :)

    i can’t waitt! i love Glee sooo much. it would be amazing to see Kurt have a boyfriend too just cuz it would be more realistic. i think this season of glee is going to be incredible :)

  • gleeklvr

    I think everyone is taking this too far, there are people out there that will always hate others for one reason or another…being gay or lesbian or even for the color of their skin…these are people who are afraid and when they verbally spill out certain remarks, they are hiding behind their religion. Religious views are only put in place by scared men who are afraid of difference. Although stereotyping everyone with the same brush isn’t fair…not every person will feel this way regardless of their religion. Most of you attacking this girl who spoke only of what she saw in front of her…banning movies and books…..RELAX! Just realize that everyone will have their own opinion even you and what others think can’t matter or you will be consumed with hate. I”m not saying love everyone…just let everyone have a voice and don’t try to shut people out and down!

  • Hmmmm

    Um, could this be a more worthless interview?

  • Philip Wester

    It is okay to hate someone’s religious beliefs when those beliefs encroach on the rights of others. You are basically asking us to tolerate YOUR intolerance. You’re free to hate gays as much as you want. But when you try to pass laws that discriminate against us, that is NOT okay.

    And I will proudly say that I hate you all. And that’s not intolerance of religion. It’s intolerance of intolerance.

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  • Josh

    “you all” meaning? Because, you're blanket stereotyping Christians again if you are referring to all Christian people.

  • Chefefromoc

    How do we get in touch with Chris? How insane would it be to invite him to sing at our crappy little “Pride”…where he will be inispiration to so many people? We need him, like crazy!

  • Poopy

    Cluck cluck