Chris Colfer talks about Kurt Hummel for the Home Entertainment release of Glee: Season 4
With many of the former Glee Club members now graduates, the hunt is on at William McKinley High School to find talented singers to rebuild the New Directions. It’s not goodbye to the graduates however as beloved characters Rachel and Kurt move to New York to continue their education at the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA), struggling to adjust to life after high school. So Glee: Season 4 still features all of your favourite characters, but also introduces great new additions to all the laughs, tears and fun-filled antics in a season that features numerous episodes that will leave you desperate for more.
Like the memorable seasons before it, Glee continues to attract big names, with starring roles from Kate Hudson as a nasty NYADA dance teacher, to Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg (reprising her role as NYADA Dean Carmen Tibideaux). As well as this, the popular show’s trademark tribute episodes entertain more than ever, with this season featuring episodes dedicated to the music of Britney Spears, Grease and Stevie Wonder.
Glee Season 4 also sees the introduction of latest Glee Project winner Blake Jenner who joins the cast as Ryder Lynn, a football-playing sophomore who Finn encourages to audition for the upcoming school production of Grease.
Last year we were saying that the third time's the charm and it becomes what it is. But Glee has transitioned to something totally different now. What is your idea of transitioning?
Well I think in season four you see these characters that in many respects you got to see grow up, go out and live their lives. And very much like real life, these characters move on and they move away so you get to do that with them in this season.
What is the hardest part about moving on?
There's lots of attention on that first love that everyone has. And I think right now that the characters are getting used to the whole, what it is to have a long-distance relationship and their kind of understanding that with distance comes emotional distance as well. So they're working through that.
I don't think we've seen the music chosen as well as we have in the breakup episode. How hard is it to balance the emotional tonality with the music and the acting?
Well, for me all the emotional stuff is really what I live for because that's kind of my favorite thing about being an actor. When you get to dive into those emotional scenes and just let it all come out and all hang out. And it's such a relief. It's very therapeutic. But I don't know, it's very helpful when you have a great song under you to really get that emotion out. And there's nothing like singing a big powerful ballad and emotional ballad and just having tears to your eyes and a stage or soundstage behind you. It's a great, great feeling and it really helps. Music is a great tool for an actor to get the emotion across, I feel.
GLEE: SEASON 4 IS OUT NOW ON BLU-RAY AND DVD