Chris Colfer Poses For Mr. Porter, Talks ‘Mutton-Busting’ [PHOTOS]

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Chris Colfer posed in everything from Alexander McQueen to Lanvin for the most recent issue of mens online magazine and shop, Mr. Porter, looking dapper as hell in a black-and-white photo spread.

Ahead of Glee’s fourth season, Colfer is making sure his eggs aren’t in one basket, so to speak.  “Every actor has a shelf life,” Colfer told journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya at a Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood. “Next year, I could go from being this spearhead of this huge movement, to the kid that used to be on Glee.”

On landing the part of Kurt Hummel: ” “I was auditioning for the part of Artie, the kid in the wheelchair.  And I didn’t get it. Obviously. So that was it. 

“So they invented a character for me. They created Kurt specifically.  There are two experiences in my life that I just cannot wrap my head around. That’s one. And the Golden Globes was the other. I just cannot believe they happened.”

On expecting more drama with his gay character: “It was incredible. I think what started it was the episode when Kurt came out to his dad [Mike O’Malley] and his dad accepted him. And I remember when I first saw that script I was mad. I wanted to play all the emotions of being kicked out of the house, all the tears and the drama. So I was like, ‘Damn it, come on! I’m never going to get an Emmy now!'”

On his hometown of Clovis, California: “It’s kind of a cowboy, rodeo town,” Colfer explained. “Every year, my mum and dad would dress me up in buttoned-up cowboy shirts and jeans and hats, and I just had to sit there and sweat while someone wrestled a cow. It was hell! Do you know what mutton-busting is?

“It sounds perverted, but what they did was, at the half-time show, people would get their five-year-old children, strap them to the back of a sheep and send them on their way.  Whoever could stay on the longest won a pair of cowboy boots. My parents tried to force me, but I stood my ground. Then my parents’ friends tried to bribe me by saying they’d buy me the sheep. They thought I wanted a sheep!”

Check out Colfer’s shoot in our gallery.