English translation of this interview by kaigai Drama NAVI (海外ドラマNAVI) with Chris Colfer
Pushing ahead despite poor physical condition, Chris Colfer who plays Kurt answers our interview questions.
―Kurt is the glee club’s fashionista, so what has been the influence on you from playing the stylish Kurt?
Chris Colfer(CC): There is definitely none. None at all! I know nothing about fashion, and I have no interest in it either. The clothes Kurt wears are really rather embarrassing. When I am being fitted for clothes, I looked in the mirror and ask the wardrobe people, “I’m actually wearing this? Really?” and the women answer, “What??? It’s absolutely perfect!?” So then I resign myself to it and say “Ok. You guys know what you’re talking about.” (laughs)
But, these kinds of clothes can seem to give you courage sometimes too. Countless people see me when I wear the horribly outrageous clothes, so they think that those are the clothes I wear in real life*. But the clothes I wear in real life are definitely not the clothes I wear as Kurt.
―What are you most interested in?
CC: I am interested in the story. I like TV and movies and books, as well as writing. I like whatever things that are creative. I also love to laugh, and I also like to cry when I see really good works too. Also, I really love escapist works too. I like it when you can escape reality into a story, to the point when you are so submerged into it that you forget your own name.
For example, there is the TV show “Desperate Housewives.” There (he says this in an excited voice) I wanted to know who wrote that letter to Mary Alice! (laughs) I like all kinds of works that grasp at people’s hearts and don’t let go. Right now, I like the TV shows “American Horror Story,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
―I think Kurt is arguably either most or second more popular character on the show, and you yourself seem to tend to be equated [to your character], so how do you deal with those parts?
CC:Young people and teenagers are certainly part of the viewing audience, and occasionally there will be people who can’t separate real life from fiction. But because Kurt and I are so different, there are some things that are a little annoying. Kurt and I do have points where we resemble each other, but for the most part we are very different. While I’m walking in the street, I hear “Hey, you, you look very cool,” but I reply “No, Kurt’s the cool one, I’m always the jeans and t-shirt kind of guy,” and when I hear “Hey girl!” I feel like “Don’t say to me ‘Hey Girl’!”.
Kurt has sort of become like this country’s gay community’s representation, so people come up to me and say, “Thank you for everything you have done for the gay community.” But I want to say, “That isn’t me, that’s the writers work. We created this character called Kurt, I just happen to resemble to him.”
―In the beginning of the show, he had the feeling of a sensitive youth, but three years have gone by and Chris gives the strong impression of being rather adult. Although young he is very intellectual and holds his opinions tightly. Also, in person he is much sexier than on the show.
-This interview happened at the same time as the Cinema Cafe interviews. Some of the questions/responses were the same. However, some of it presumably wasn’t included in the other articles and much of it was translated a little differently
-As always, I tried to make it more understandable and coherent to English readers rather than try to make it absolutely the same phrasing as the Japanese, which is not as natural to the English ear.
-In the original, Chris’s replies were bolded but I hope it’s easier to read this way.
*This is not perfect but I think I have the gist of what he said.