“When I was in high school, every year we would have a talent show,” explains Colfer. “Every year I would beg the teachers to let me sing “Defying Gravity” from [the musical] Wicked. And every year they turned me down because I’m a boy and it was ‘a girl’s song.’” Sound familiar? If you watched Wednesday’s show, it probably does. After Chris shared his story with Glee creator Ryan Murphy, the tale was incorporated into the story for the episode.
The similarities between Colfer, who was born in Fresno, Calif., and his character Kurt were born long before this plotline. When Colfer originally auditioned for Glee, it was to play a wheelchair-bound student. “They liked me but they didn’t want me for Artie,” explains Colfer, 19. After another round of auditions for a newly created character, Colfer got the part of Kurt and he found out that the role had been written for him. (read more)