Collider recently had the chance to speak with Chris Colfer during the press junket for Struck by Lightning. They discussed how Struck by Lightning came to be, the possibility of writing more books and of course Glee!
Wouldn’t you say that it takes a certain level of confidence to go write a movie script while you’re still a teenager?
COLFER: Yeah, what was I thinking?! I was a 16-year-old kid. I was like, “Oh, this is going to be a movie, for sure, someday.” I don’t know what I was thinking, but I’m so glad I did.
Have you always found yourself to be a very driven person, when it comes to your career?
COLFER: Yes. Luckily for me, when it all began, I was very young and very ignorant, but not in a bad way. It was the ignorance that comes with youth, and I think that was my best advantages. Just assuming things would work out was ignorant, but it ended up helping me out.
Had you thought about this for awhile before you wrote it, or did you get the idea for the film and immediately get to work on the script?
COLFER: The initial idea was very quick. Whenever I do get an idea for something, it happens really fast and the development of the story happens very quickly. And then, I just get really anxious because I want to write it. I want to get it out of my head and put it on some kind of paper. So, that was easy. But, the hardest part was having the bravery to send something that I wrote to somebody for a referral. I sent it to my acting agent and said, “Do you know anyone who would be interested in representing me on the literary side?” That was one of the hardest moments, opening myself up to that vulnerability and that criticism, which didn’t come, thankfully. And then, just getting it made was a challenge.
What are the film possibilities for The Land of Stories?
COLFER: We’ll see. I’ve had some phone calls and some meetings, but as of right now, I want it to be a book that kids read, and I want the movie to be wanted. I don’t want it just to be made, in the hopes that it will be a successful movie. I’d want fans to really want to see the movie.
Are you planning that as a series of books?
COLFER: Yes. The second one comes out next year. I’m working on that now.
What’s most surprised you about your journey on Glee, and how it’s effected you and your career?
COLFER: It gave me a career. I don’t know. It’s such a huge thing. What surprised me is that, when you’re a part of something, you think that you’ll always be able to recognize it for what it is. But, I’m so in the eye of that Glee storm that I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend what it is or how big it is.
Head over to Collider to read more of the interview!