— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer) July 20, 2016
Chris Colfer did something when he was younger that, while it worked out for the best in the end, he would not have the courage to do again. He sent tickets to a “Glee” concert to comedian Jennifer Saunders.
“We were on a world tour and spent a week and a half in London,” Colfer says. “I didn’t know anybody, so I had my people send her a couple of tickets.
“It seems a little pompous of me now looking back at it.”
What Colfer didn’t know was that Saunders’ daughter was a huge fan. Soon after that meeting, the Clovis East graduate found out that Saunders was writing a feature film version of the TV series and she wanted Colfer to be a part of it. The role was being written for him.
Saunders kept her word and Colfer flew to London for a week in November where he filmed his part of “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.” He plays the aptly named Chris, hair stylist and social media adviser to Saunders’ character of Edina Monsoon.
What Colfer got himself into with those tickets was working with Saunders and Joanna Lumley, who starred in the much-heralded British comedy “Absolutely Fabulous” from 1992-2012. The series about two self-absorbed, alcohol-abusing friends showed that comedy could be both smart and physical.
Colfer describes the comedy on the show and in the movie as being both “The Lucy Show” and “Frasier.”
Working on the film was “a dream come true” for Colfer. That’s because he grew up watching the British series, first appreciating the physical comedy of the show when he was young and then finding a new respect for the written word when he got older.
The fact Colfer is both a writer and an actor has been a major factor as to why he has admired Saunders for so many years. Not only has Colfer found success as an actor from “Glee” to “Hot in Cleveland,” he’s written numerous books including “The Land of Stories” series.
Getting to work with Lumley and Saunders was everything Colfer had hoped it would be. The only thing that made him nervous was the possibility of ad-libbing lines.
“I decided I was not going to improvise at all,” Colfer says. “I didn’t want to be a show-off, just a good soldier. I don’t know why I was worried because they let me come in and be funny and ridiculous. It was wonderful to be in their space and feel their energy.
“Jennifer kept giving me more and more lines.”
Since “Glee” ended, Colfer has remained busy both as an actor and writer. He’s currently on a 14-city book tour for the fifth book in his series “The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey” (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $19.99).
He’s scheduled to be at the Children’s Book World at Pattiz Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23 and at San Francisco’s Books Inc. at Michaan’s Auction House Theater on Sunday, July 24.
He got to work with another of the performers he admires when he was a guest star on the new Julie Andrews’ Netflix series “Julie’s Greenroom.” It will air in 2017.
“The show is like ‘Sesame Street’ for theater kids. I taught writing to a group of puppets, and I also got to sing with Julie Andrews,” Colfer says.
Between acting jobs and the tour, Colfer remains very busy with numerous novels in the works, including a sixth book in “The Land of Stories” series, a graphic novel and a picture book. There have also been discussions of turning his book series into some kind of project.
“You know me. I don’t like to sit still,” Colfer says.
Working with Saunders is a highlight for Colfer. He has another dream that involves a Brit: Colfer wants to meet the Queen of England.
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Best known as Kurt Hummel on Glee, Chris Colfer is a man of many trades. He’s currently on a book tour for the fifth installment of his wildly popular middle-grade fantasy series, the Land of Stories, with a sixth book on the way. Beginning July 22, you can also catch him in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as a “hairdresser slash social-media consultant” to Jennifer Saunders. But first, read about his affinity for chocolate-chip cookies and what he dubs the “Trail Mix of the Gods” in this week’s Grub Diet.
Friday, July 8
In the madness of feeding my cat, feeding my dog, and feeding the wild bunnies living on the hill in my backyard, I forgot to eat “breakfast.” But luckily, my boyfriend and I planned on having an early lunch before catching a movie. We ate at Gulfstream in Century City, Los Angeles. It’s really good seafood, and it’s conveniently located next to the movie theater.
I ordered the rotisserie chicken, which was slow-roasted with an apricot glaze and came with a heavenly wild-rice salad. Or, as I like to think of it, Trail Mix of the Gods. Like a successful ensemble comedy, there are so many ingredients in there — grains and berries and nuts — you wouldn’t think go together, but they blend together in perfect harmony. To drink I had a Diet Coke. Every meal is accompanied by a Diet Coke. Even in the morning, a Diet Coke.
As we watched the Secret Lives of Pets, we shared a box of my favorite candy, Cookie Dough Bites. If you haven’t had them before, do yourself a favor and treat yourself. Each bite is a chocolate-chip cookie in your mouth. So far, the only places I’ve found them are in movie theaters and Amazon, but I feel weird about ordering food online.
For dinner, I had the insalata vegetale and cauliflower soup from Pace, a great, homey restaurant in Laurel Canyon that’s famous for the Canyon folk like myself. Pace soups are always vegan and always organic. The insalata vegetale is one of my favorite salads in Los Angeles, a mix of zucchini, squash, green beans, tomato, garbanzo beans, olives, greens, and cheeses. I add turkey. They do such a great job with fresh ingredients, and the best part about Pace, besides their delicious food, is that they deliver. A major plus for introverts like me.
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The show that made him famous has ended, but Chris Colfer has successfully moved on.
Millions of fans know him from his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the TV series “Glee” — a role for which he earned a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy nominations.
By the time “Glee” concluded its six-year run in March 2015, though, Colfer had written and directed a film, and published a book series that landed him on the New York Times best-seller list.
The “Land of Stories” series, designed for ages 8 to 12, is based on his childhood obsession with fairy tales.
The fifth book, “An Author’s Odyssey,” was released Tuesday.
Colfer, 26, spoke ahead of an appearance tonight at Bexley High School.
Q: Do you enjoy book tours?
A: They can be very grueling, but I genuinely enjoy it. There is absolutely nothing like having a 6-year-old talk to you about your characters as if they are real people.
And they always shower me with artwork and drawings. I’m such a hoarder; I have a room in my house filled with binders of artwork. My assistant is frustrated with me that I keep it all, but it warms my heart.
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Chris Colfer’s newest book The Land Of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey comes out this week, marking the fifth release in the franchise. First rising to prominence in 2009 for his critically-acclaimed and award winning role as Kurt Hummel on Glee, Colfer has since excelled at everything he has put his mind to, whether it be acting or writing. With prestigious titles in both professions, it seems like Mr. Colfer can do no wrong — and rightly so.
Thus, what better time to take a look at 5 reasons why the world loves the multi-talented Chris Colfer.
He Is An Amazing Writer
Considering the fact that he does such an amazing job as an actor, it’s pretty awesome that Colfer is equally as good at something else. His acclaimed The Land Of Stories book series is a New York Times bestselling series, with each individual book ranking high on the list upon their releases — making him a four time New York Times bestselling author. The series is beloved by children (and adults) and continues to thrive upon this week’s release of the fifth installment.
However, the writing doesn’t stop there as Colfer also happens to be a very talented screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for his 2012 film Struck By Lightning, as well as executive producing and starring in it. The film is an independent gem that is very relevant to many young people and it’s also got some great, hilarious moments, particularly between Colfer and Rebel Wilson. Colfer also novelised it in the book Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. And finally, he also wrote the Season 5 episode of Glee “Old Dogs, New Tricks” which was one of the best episodes of the season.
With one final book left to come in The Land Of Stories series and a Young Adult novel Stranger Than Fan Fiction expected out in the next year, this creative genius isn’t running out of amazing ideas anytime soon.
He Is An Amazing Actor
Perhaps being best known to people for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on Glee, Chris Colfer has been constantly recognized for his amazing performance. He shocked the world back in 2011 when he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor at the young age of 20. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award and won three consecutive People’s Choice Awards from 2013 – 2015 for his performance.
Kurt was one of the most beloved characters on the show and was constantly involved in major storylines. Whether it was the coming out storyline with his father Burt or the budding relationship he had with “Warbler” Blaine Anderson (the almighty “Klaine”) — Kurt was, for many, the heart and soul of Glee. And that was down to Colfer’s relatable performance. As Kurt, he had that ability to make you laugh with a single line and make you cry with a single look.
Having also starred in Struck By Lightning, he was brilliant as the arrogant but angry at the world Carson Phillips. Colfer also had two hilarious guest appearances on Hot In Cleveland and can next be seen in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
Chris Colfer is, without a doubt, one of the greatest young actors in the world at the moment and I hope we get to see him back on our TV screens again very soon.
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TFK talks to Chris Colfer, author of The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey
Chris Colfer is a man of many talents. He sings, acts, and writes a wildly successful book series, The Land of Stories. Book 5 hits bookstores today. Though he vowed not to reveal any secrets, Colfer talked to TFK about The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey and his inspiration for its fantastic fairy-tale world.
How do you keep getting new ideas for books in this series?
I’m so lucky, because the ideas for the books have always really been with me. I came up with most of the ideas for the series when I was a kid. Whenever I get something new; the things I see on the street—anything from statues to buildings; anything that I read—all these inspire me. I get inspired a lot by history too.
How long does it typically take you to write a book? What’s the process like?
I wrote most of the books while I was filming the TV show Glee, so I didn’t have much free time. I would try to write as much as possible with the very little time I had. If I added up all the spare hours—here and there and weekends and an hour or two after work at the end of the day—I probably wrote each book in about two to three months. I wish I had more of a process than I do. I like to outline everything chapter by chapter, and then I let the characters in my head do all the talking.
Do you reread the fairy tales that the characters come from?
I do. I read a lot of fairy tales before I put them in the book. Usually I look for funny quirks that could make an interesting personality for the characters before I put them in the book. We look for things that can be funny, because we know that kids will like that kind of stuff.
Do you decide what the cover will look like?
I do. With the start of each new book, I draw exactly what I want the cover to look like. I use little stick figures because I am not a very good illustrator. Once I’m done, I send it to the illustrator, Brandon Dorman, and he makes it into a beautiful, wonderful cover.
In all the books, there’s a quest. What’s An Author’s Odyssey going to be like?
An Author’s Odyssey is an adventure that Connor and Alex take through Connor’s imagination. They get to go inside the stories that Connor has written, and he gets to meet all the characters he created and see all the worlds he made up. Actually, the stories that Connor’s going to travel into were some of the first stories I wrote when I was a really little kid.
What does it feel like to have a lot of fans?
It’s the best! The best part of being an author is when kids come up to you and talk to you as if the characters are real.
Do you have advice for kids who want to be authors?
If you want to be a children’s author, remember what kinds of stories you like to read and what kinds of stories entertain you. That will be the best way to write for kids later, when you’re an old man like me.
Golden Globe winner and best-selling author Chris Colfer kicks off his latest book tour on Tuesday to celebrate the release of The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, the penultimate installment in his fairy tale series. The tour is set to include brand new activities for readers, including costume and trivia contests, making its first stop in New York City.
Before setting out on his author’s odyssey, Colfer chatted with EW about all things Land of Stories – from his dream Harry Potter crossover to the inclusion of LGBT fairy tale characters to the upcoming sixth and final book. He also touched on his post-Glee acting projects, including an update on the Noel Coward biopic, his upcoming role in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, and if he’d ever reunite with former Glee boss Ryan Murphy on Scream Queens or American Horror Story.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the new book and the tour. Is there a memorable moment you had during the last tour?
It’s hard to pick just one because everything can be really memorable. But there’s nothing like having a 10-year-old come up to you and talk to you about your characters as if they’re real people. I get really giddy whenever a little kid tells me, “Please tell this character I said hello,” or, “Tell this character I think they’re a bad person.” It’s really wonderful to see that excitement in their eyes.
So what can readers expect from the new book, An Author’s Odyssey?
This story is about a writer who gets to meet his own characters and see the environment come to life that had only existed in his imagination prior. It’s kind of based on my experience as a screenwriter. When you write something on the page, the next thing you know, it’s living and breathing in front of you. I thought that would be a fun element to bring to the series.
If you could enter your own Land of Stories, what would you say to your main characters, Alex and Conner?
Oh, gosh, I would just apologize to them for making their lives so complicated.
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