The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
What has “Glee” done for musical theater and for how young people feel they can give back to their communities?
It made performing arts cool again, if it was ever cool. It certainly wasn’t cool when I was involved. It’s definitely given kids a way to express themselves. And it’s given them a reasonable goal to accomplish in a high-school environment.
Playing your character Kurt Hummel on “Glee” is your first major acting job. What has this meteoric rise been like for you?
It’s insane. I hate to say that I’m a Cinderfella, but I really kind of feel like it tonight. I’ve literally been watching this show, the Golden Globes, since I was an embryo. And I actually got a message via Facebook from a friend who said, “You know, one of my elementary-school memories is you standing up in the middle of class and telling everybody to watch the Golden Globes. So now it’s funny that you’re nominated for one.” I won’t remember any of this, because I kind of blacked out as soon as I heard my name.
Who were you talking to on the phone before you came into this room?
I was on the phone with my mom. I was trying to say, “I can’t talk right now. I’m in a press room.” “You’re in a restroom?” “No, I’m in a press room.” So I was talking to my parents.
What does this award mean to you not only as an actor but also as someone who’s a spokesperson for gay rights?
Now I’m really going to cry when I say this, but I think one of the best things is that for all of the kids that are watching tonight that don’t quite understand that Kurt is a character and that we’re actors, they just saw Kurt Hummel get an award for just being him. So I think that’s a great thing they’re seeing right now.
You seemed genuinely shocked that you won. Were you?
I thought this was Eric Stonestreet’s [award]. He’s incredible, he’s amazing, and I was rooting for him. Thank goodness I brought Ashley Fink as my date. She literally pulled me up.
Will Schuester is the teacher at Kurt’s high school who is Kurt’s greatest mentor. Is there any teacher you had as a mentor in high school who made such a difference in your life that you credit that teacher with why you’re standing here today?
Her name is Mikendra McCoy, and she was my speech and debate coach. And I’ll never forget on one of the first days of classes I had with her, she told the class, “As long as you accept who you are, no one can use you against you.” And she had incredible inspiration phrases like that with every class she had. And she will never take credit for it, but she definitely was my Will Schuester.
How are you going to celebrate your Golden Globe win?
I really hope the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] lets me off with a warning tonight, because I’m probably going to go crazy.
Are there any specific parties that you plan to attend?
Definitely the Fox one, for sure. And then I’ll probably party hop. I don’t have tickets, but hopefully this [he holds up his Golden Globe] will get me in.
Are there any celebrities you were excited to meet tonight?
Well, tonight I completely embarrassed myself in front of Helena Bonham Carter, who I absolutely love. I saw her on the red carpet, and I literally screamed in her face. I publicly apologize to her right now. But I’ll never forget when Meryl Streep kissed me on the cheek. I think everyone I’ve ever seen in any movie or television show has inspired me in some way.
Does it make you nervous to go to an awards show like this and to see all these celebrities?
Oh yeah. I think the red carpet is the scariest part, because it’s crazy and madness and running into people you think you know. I think I just wanted it to be over, because the adrenaline was kicking into overdrive.
Have you been approached to do any Broadway shows?
There are lots of “celebrity guest” type things, but nothing I would have time to do, unfortunately.
Where are you going to put your Golden Globe Award?
That’s a good question. I think I’m probably going to sleep with it, actually. I think it’s not going to leave my bedside. Usually, when I get this [award] is usually when I wake up, so I’m going to keep it very close.
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