But I just came across this fantastic interview from ages ago in Vanity Fair — easily the best Chris Colfer interview I’ve read yet — where they discuss Kurt as a stereotype (or not.)
Here’s the snippet:
So, other writers have talked about Kurt being a stereotype. But I want you to know that I don’t feel that way. I think Kurt is such a sensitive portrayal of a gay teen.
Thank you so much for saying that. Selfishly, as an actor, for myself, I’ve been working really hard to have him not be a stereotype from the beginning, so that means a lot to me. I grew up in a conservative small town, and the gay characters I saw on TV and in movies when I was growing up were all flamboyant and obnoxious and sometimes kind of annoying. And they weren’t like anyone I knew. The gay people I knew in real life were soft spoken and didn’t want to call attention to themselves because they were terrified of exposing themselves, of people finding out that they’re gay.
Well, I think you’ve succeeded. I really like the way Kurt seems to hide all his internal and personal vulnerabilities—like so many of us homosexuals do, and like so many teenagers in general do. He’s got this screen of snappy comments and false certainty that he uses with folks in his comfort zone, while in nearly every other situation, he looks like he’s about to cry.