Colfer a rising star on 'Glee'

Chris Colfer

PASADENA, Calif. -- A year ago, Chris Colfer was just a kid from Clovis, Calif., who got his first professional acting break with a role on a new Fox TV show about the trials of a high school glee club.

Now he's a star thanks to the popularity of "Glee," the top-rated, critically acclaimed series that took home this year's Golden Globe for best comedy and musical.

The response to "Glee" has been huge, especially for Colfer. He's had to hire two publicists to juggle the requests for interviews, photo shoots and public appearances. That's what happens when you are part of a show that becomes a phenomenon.

"There has been so much attention for everyone on the show we have bonded together, sort of like a good hostage situation," Colfer says at a Fox party at the Villa Sorriso restaurant. "But when it comes to the attention from the press, I don't know if you can ever get used to this kind of attention."

What's brought Colfer all of the attention is his character, Kurt Hummel, who has a flamboyant fashion sense and precarious emotional connection to his father. Despite the large cast, the show's writers have developed Kurt's character, giving Colfer the chance to shine with a wicked performance of "Defying Gravity" and a memorable performance of Beyonce's "Single Ladies."

Colfer's Beyonce moves don't come easy. Previously, he'd only danced in high school productions or community theater. He's proud it took him only three days of rehearsals to get the moves down.

He's curious about how his role on "Glee" has been received with a certain group.

Smiling, he's jokes about counting the days until his 10th high school class reunion. "I can't wait to say, 'You remember this whole acting gig you laughed at? I told you so,' " he says. "Actually, I think there are lots of people in Clovis and Fresno who are just happy to see someone from there on a TV show."