Just how awesome is Glee’s Chris Colfer?
So freakin’ awesome that he inspired Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy to create The Glee Project, which ends its second season tonight and features an appearance by the show’s inspiration himself! We chatted with Colfer about mentoring the final three contestants, Aylin Bayramoglu, Ali Stroker and Blake Jenner, and what fans can expect from the finale.
Plus, Colfer talks about the new season of Glee, which he is loving so far, filming in New York vs. Los Angeles, and his reaction when he found out Sarah Jessica Parker, who he has yet to work with, was playing his mentor (Hint: it had nothing to do with Sex and the City)…
How do you feel being chosen as a mentor and for such an important episode?
“I was so honored and um, what’s another word for honored? [Laughs.] I think I was honored and surprised that they chose me to do the finale. It’s so funny because all the contestants are either my age or older than me, so I really told myself when I go in there I’m not going to try to give them any advice because I’m sure the last thing they want to hear is advice from someone younger or their age. I’m just going to go in and tell them to do their own thing and figure it out along their way in their own careers. And I tell you, I got there and I wouldn’t shut up! [Laughs.] I did the absolute opposite of what I told myself I was going to do.”
Was mentoring harder or easier than you thought it would be?
“I don’t know if I really consider it mentoring. I kind of feel like they had to listen to me! [Laughs.] Because there were like cameras and it was my coverage of the mentor session. It was different. It was different.”
What was your impression of the final three when you met them?
“I thought they were very, very talented. I thought they could easily fit in with the show. I don’t know, the whole experience kind of took me back to my first Glee audition and the whole experience of auditioning in front of the producers and the creative team and then going for the network and the studio tests. It brought back a lot of anxiety. [Laughs.]”
So do you think you would have been able to do a show like this?
“Absolutely not! Absolutely not! No way. The first thing, I don’t know what they kept and what they didn’t, but the first thing I said to them when I walked in was I don’t know how you do this. I’m terrified and I’m not even competing.”
In a sneak peek that was released, it was revealed that your audition for Glee inspired Ryan to create The Glee Project. What does that mean to you? That’s a pretty big honor.
“I mean, it totally is. It’s such a huge honor and I mean that’s really special because I feel like if I inspired something that is giving kids a platform that is incredible.”
How do you think fans will react when the winner is revealed?
“I think they’ll be just fine with it! [Laughs.]”