The 21-year-old actor came up with the idea for the story when he was a teen
as a way to vent about his teachers and classmates. He then taught himself how
to write a screenplay.
"I would go to my local Borders in Fresno (Calif.) and I would study Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette'
published screenplay. I'd sit there -- 'cause I couldn't afford it -- and I'd
read it and I'd read it and I'd teach myself how to screenwrite and how to, you
know, frame everything."
"I was blown away by Chris' script," she said. "The writing has always been
the most important thing to me, and I had an instant connection to his script.
The characters were funny and flawed, especially the part of his mother. Then I
met with him and was completely charmed by him. ... How can he be so talented
and accomplished and charming and be so impossibly young? I can't wait to see
what's next for him. Maybe directing?"
Colfer has just finished a psychological drama he hopes to shoot
independently this summer. He also adapted a pilot for the Disney Channel based
on Florence Laughlin's children's book "The Little Leftover Witch."
He also inked a deal to publish two children's books. "The Land of Stories,"
which will be in bookstores in July, is essentially the completion of that story
he began writing when he was 8.