Chris Colfer is one of the several new talents shuttled to fame from the famous musical series, Glee. From May 2009 throughout the duration of the Fox drama, Colfer played the gay character of Kurt Hummel. Even though Glee is over, Colfer continues to attract a huge fan base with his mesmerizing looks and outstanding acting skills.
He has been a part of a few notable projects for the small and big screens over the years, winning a handful of awards in the process; including the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Teen Choice, and People’s Choice Awards. It is believed that the future holds great promises for him in the industry. While we can only wait to see how far his career would take him, the facts surrounding his love life has validated his claims about belonging to the queer community.
How The Actor’s Childhood Prepared Him For His Career
Born Christopher Paul Colfer on May 27, 1990, in Clovis, California, the former Glee star is the first child of Karyn and Timothy Colfer. He has a younger sister named Hannah.
Growing up, Colfer was a victim of bullying to the extent that he had to be homeschooled at some point. His literary passion can be traced back to his early years when he could write a short story about his daily experiences. He also had lymph-node surgery early in his life, which left him bedridden for a while.
It was during this period that he explored the world of fantasy which would eventually give birth to his future novels. Encouraged by his grandmother, Colfer’s best-selling fairytale novels are stories inspired by his childhood.
Glee Remains His Most Notable Work
Colfer attended Clovis East High School and made his acting debut in the late 1990s. He was undeniably thrown to success when he landed the starring role on Glee which aired from 2009 to 2015. His performance in the hit Fox series was quite memorable and it did not only make him popular but also won him multiple accolades.
He is a recipient of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film, and the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Comedic TV Actor (consecutively from 2013 to 2015). He further proved that he was determined to take over the acting circle the same year, appearing on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.
Colfer is the author of a trilogy publication titled The Land of Stories. His first book for the series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012 followed by The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns which was released the next year. The success of these books birthed the release of a third series, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning in 2014.
Chris Colfer is not just an actor but also an author and producer. As an author, he has successfully published three best-selling books. Through his numerous ventures, the actor has earned himself a modest financial portfolio. He has a net worth currently estimated at $8 million.
Chelsea Handler Made Chris Colfer Embrace His Sexual Identity Publicly
On the popular musical series Glee which shuttled him to fame, Chris Colfer played the role of Kurt Hummel, a high school openly gay student who struggled to be accepted in his society. After the young fashionista came out about his sexuality, his romance with boyfriend/husband Blaine (played by Darren Criss) made them both popular icons on the show.
Just like his character, in 2009 and at age 19, the former Glee star turned New York Times bestseller publicly acknowledged that he is gay, making him one of the youngest openly gay Hollywood actors at the time. He made the disclosure about his sexuality on the Chelsea Lately show. Before then, it was vastly speculated that he’s gay, and the actor kind of confirmed it in an interview with The Advocate. But then, his publicist released a statement that practically retracted the outing, probably due to fear that it may harm his career.
The way we see it, Chelsea Handler helped the actor to publicly embrace his sexual orientation due to the way she interviewed him about it. Instead of asking Colfer to confirm his preference, she said: “…We know that you’re gay…” and the actor went with it.
Impact Of The Actor’s Sexuality On His Career
After the actor publicly acknowledged that he’s gay, he revealed that he got letters from both young viewers and their parents hailing his bold move. According to Colfer, the show really helped make a lot of progress in addressing issues that pertain specifically to LGBT teens.
Also, being gay has not affected his career in any negative way. If anything, it has helped him gain relevance as someone who represents and advocates for inclusiveness in the competitive industry and the world at large.
This was not the way the actor imagined it would be. He has admitted that when he learned he got cast as a gay character on Glee, he feared it would mark the end of his career. This is because when the show was about to take off, it was “unacceptable” to portray a gay character.
Chris Colfer Has Been Dating Will Sherrod Since 2013
The openly gay actor has a boyfriend who is also an actor. Though the couple has been an item since January 2013, they prefer to keep details of their relationship private. Chris and Will are often seen together on events and occasions and have also made their love public on social media.
The pair were first spotted together on the red carpet of the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards in January 2013 and since then, they have been seen together on several other occasions.
Born on November 3, 1982, Will Sherrod is not just an actor but a production coordinator who works behind the scenes. He has several projects to his credit such as Beowulf, Flight, and A Christmas Carol.
So far, there is no record of Chris Colfer being involved with any women. Before his current relationship with Will, the openly gay actor was linked to Darren Criss and Heather Morris. However, those rumours remain unconfirmed.