From the outside, Chris Colfer’s life might seem like a fairytale. He stars in the hit show “Glee,” has a best-selling book trilogy and is beloved by an army of adoring fans. But when MTV News caught up with the 24-year-old while he was promoting the third installment from his Land of Stories series, he explained his world is far from picture perfect.
“I remember when ’Glee’ first started I would state the facts that I was a kid in Clovis, [California] who went to an audition and got this job and I was painted as this Cinderella person and, you know, of course, what they didn’t see was the years of cyber bullying I went through and the people that are really just viscous online because someone else has an opportunity and that wasn’t fun at all,” he said. “And I was like, this is such good material for the character Cinderella to take a spin on it.”
The star describes his third book, A Grimm Warning, as “an action-packed mystery historical thriller” in which he begs fans not to read a single page out of order.
“There are so many twists and turns I wouldn’t want anything to be ruined,” Colfer exclaimed. “It’s a story about an army from the past coming to the present and trying to conquer the fairytale world in the name of the French empire so it has a lot of twists.”
While he didn’t pull any inspiration from his “Glee” costars when writing the books — “I was very, very young when I had the initial urge to write it and I had never met anyone [from the cast] when I was 7,” he laughed — Colfer did lend a helping hand to his onscreen bestie Lea Michele when working on her first book.
“I think I helped her pick out the cover because I told her that was my favorite one and then she told me it was called ’Brunette Ambition’ and I said I thought that was an amazing name,” he recalled. “I could be lying, I may have had nothing to do with it, but I’ll say I did, yes, I picked out the cover.”