Chris Colfer talks about his past as a ‘social llama’ Chris Colfer, 20, plays the self-confident, impeccably-dressed Kurt on “Glee”, but his own high school experience wasn’t exactly fabulous. In a new interview with TV Guide, Colfer calls his high school self a “social llama”, explaining, “Like, where does a llama go? It’s not a horse. It’s kind of a camel, but it’s not a goat. It’s just on the farm, and people point and gawk at it because it has funky hair. That’s how I’ve always pictured myself. The llama tries to hang out with a duck and the duck freaks out and runs away. The cows are mean to it. That’s what it was like for me.”

Colfer, who is openly gay, sometimes struggles with the pressure of being in the media spotlight. “Sometimes the stories people want from me, I just don’t have them,” he says. “They want me to tell inspirational stories about being gay in high school, but I don’t have those. I was an outcast because I was weird, not because of sexual orientation. I think how I carry myself and how I behave from now on will speak for itself.”

Like his TV alter-ego, however, Colfer harbored dreams of stardom and a love of the stage in high school, and even wrote, starred in, and directed an entire musical: Shirley Todd, a spoof of Sweeney Todd. “I was always auditioning for Nickelodeon and Disney Channel stuff, and all the kids had to be loud and obnoxious and I was so internal. Like, ‘Where art thou, Yorick?’ with a Mickey Mouse skull, right? Which isn’t quite what they were looking for.”

Luckily Ryan Murphy loved Colfer so much in auditions that he wrote the role of Kurt expressly for him. Colfer’s own inspiration for the role came from an unlikely place: his cat. “Kurt is so my cat,” he says. “Simon thought he was so superior to everyone else. He would look down and frown upon them. He used to stretch and count his claws in front of us and he was just so grand and had the biggest head. I picked up on all of that.”

The first season of “Glee” has earned 19 Emmy nominations, including one for Colfer as Best Supporting Actor. The show’s second season airs this fall.

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