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Chris Colfer Says He Was Advised To “Not Come Out” During ‘Glee’: “It Will Ruin Your Career”

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Chris Colfer revealed that when he was filming the first season of Glee, he was advised not to talk about his sexual identity.

The actor made an appearance on The View, where he opened up about his experience. “I grew up in a very conservative town where being openly gay was dangerous,” Colfer said on the show. “I remember when I got on [Glee] the role was written for me, and I did not know what the role was gonna be, and so I opened the script and when I read the script for the first time was when I saw that it was an openly gay character and I was terrified.” Colfer played Kurt on the Ryan Murphy-created series.

His character struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality and the reception his friends would have of him. “When I started filming the show I had a lot of people tell me, ‘Do not come out whatever you do because it will ruin your career.’ So I hid for a little bit,” he said. “But I also told them, ‘I can’t hide it with my voice… I’m more effeminate than most people.

I can’t hide it.’ And they said, ‘Don’t worry. As long as you never address it, you’ll be rewarded for it in the end.’” Colfer recalled the moment he realized the positive impact his role was having on people facing similar challenges. “We went on this big poster signing tour right before the show came out, and this little boy secretly slid me an envelope when his parents weren’t looking and I opened it up and it was a little note that said, ‘Thank you,'” he recalled. “And there was a little paperclip chain that was the colors of the rainbow, and in that moment I knew I have to come out.” He continued, “At the time, I was thinking, ‘OK, yeah, if I’m an openly gay actor, yeah, I may never win a major award.

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