With prominent storylines and extra screentime in the second season of “Glee,” Chris Colfer could’ve bumped himself into the lead acting race at the Emmy Awards but opted against it. “I personally never considered it,” he tells Gold Derby. “I think it would be sleazy of me if I did that. We’re on such a huge, huge show to put myself in a lead category in front of everyone else in the glee club. It just wouldn’t seem right to do.”
Last year, Colfer contended in the comedy supporting category against “Modern Family” stars Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and eventual winner Eric Stonestreet, previous champ Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”) and Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”). In January, he won a Golden Globe in the catch-all category for TV supporting actors against Scott Caan (“Hawaii Five-0”), Chris Noth (“The Good Wife”), Stonestreet, and David Strathairn (“Temple Grandin”).
One of the major arcs on “Glee” this season saw Colfer’s character, Kurt, transfer to a private school to escape the bulliies at McKinley High. He joined a new singing group, the Warblers, and began a titilating relationship with Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). Our experts and editors predict Colfer to be a strong contender at the Emmys again this year. He is likely to choose his episode submission from among these three — the Lady Gaga tribute “Born This Way,” “Grilled Cheesus” and “Never Been Kissed.”
Colfer has joined his “Glee” castmates on a musical road trip this summer. They just finished up the American portion of their concert tour, “Glee Live!,” and are now appearing in the United Kingdom. Colfer admits they are “absolutely exhausted” and that some of them are sick, but they all enjoy the “instant gratitude of applause and screams” from the audiences.