Move over, Rachel Berry. According to Time magazine, the biggest voice on “Glee” belongs to Chris Colfer (aka Kurt Hummel).
At just 20, Colfer has already developed such a strong following that he joins the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and yes – Justin Bieber – on the 2011 Time 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Other TV stars who made the list include Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, and “Gossip Girl” Blake Lively.
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Colfer cemented his status as a champion for mistreated teens everywhere when he accepted an award at this year’s Golden Globes, saying, “To all the amazing kids that watch out show … who are constantly told ‘no’ by the people in their environments, by bullies at school, that they can’t be who they are… well screw that, kids.”
Dianna Agron, Colfer’s Glee castmate, tells Time, “Our cast is blessed to hear things like, ‘Your character has helped me through this, or helped me do that,’ but none more so than Chris.”
And Colfer’s reach will soon stretch beyond “Glee” audiences. Deadline reports that the Disney Channel is shooting a pilot Colfer adapted from Florence Laughlin’s children’s book The Little Leftover Witch. The story revolves around a human family that finds a little girl witch in their tree on Halloween.
So, he sings, dances, acts, and writes? This isn’t even the first script quadruple-threat Colfer has sold. He also penned “Struck by Lightning,” a coming-of-age flick in the vein of the classic John Hughes dramedies of the ’80s. The film is scheduled to be shot – starring Colfer, to boot – over the summer and will be directed by “Saved’s” Brian Dannelly.
Not to worry, though. Just because his star’s shooting into new galaxies this year, Colfer is still attached to “Glee” and will be returning to your living room on Fox next fall.