A Minute With: "Glee" star Chris Colfer's "Lightning" film debut

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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chris Colfer, best known for portraying the openly gay Kurt Hummel on the hit musical television series "Glee," will make his feature-film acting and writing debut in dark indie comedy "Struck by Lightning" on Friday.

Colfer, 22, plays a high-school student who blackmails the popular kids into contributing to his literary magazine. The film also stars comedienne Rebel Wilson and "Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland.

Colfer sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, and his day job on "Glee," which is now in its fourth season on U.S. network Fox.

Q: You play a high-school student on television. What made you want to stick to the high-school genre for your debut film?

A: "I really wanted to tell a story of a genre of high-school students that often doesn't get told - the under-appreciated over-achieving student, like I was in high school."

Q: Was it hard to get financiers to see you as a credible writer because you are known primarily as an actor?

A: "Anytime an actor associated with something larger than life like 'Glee,' I think there is automatic suspicion and doubt that the script would be good. Once people got the script, it wasn't hard to convince them to read it, but it was difficult getting it made. Had I sold it to a studio, I bet you anything it would have been turned into a movie with me not in it and about a kid losing his virginity or doing drugs. Because that's what happens and that's not what I wanted."

Q: Why did you choose to make this movie as your debut? Were you not getting other offers?   Continued...

Actors Robbie Amell (L), Chris Colfer (C) and Roberto Aguire arrive for the world premiere of "Struck by Lightning" as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly