Do you have any indication that you'll be doing any more episodes?
All up in the air. I never have any clue until days before. I would certainly like to, but that's not my decision to make.
You had a powerful scene with Chris Colfer (Kurt) in this episode, and you've had a lot of them throughout the series. How was working with Chris on this one in comparison to others you've done?
I would work with Chris every day for the rest of my life. He's just a natural, genuine person. There's something when you're looking in his eyes in a scene and everything in life kind of goes away. You can completely surrender to the characters, the circumstance and the situation. We just get that about each other, there's something about our scenes where we live in the world of all the subtext and what's really being said in between the lines. I think that's what people have responded to, and it's so appreciated. Also the writers have done such a great job fleshing out these characters, and people can relate to them because they know somebody like one of these characters. Chris gives 100 percent, even when it's my closeup and there's no camera on him he'll be shedding tears, which obviously helps my performance. We both have respect and love for our craft and the message we're portraying. I think when he visits me in the hospital is one of the most powerful scene that we've shot, because Kurt realizes that Karofksy needs a friend. He's dangling off a cliff by a thread, and he needs someone on the other end to show him that it's going to be okay and that there's a future where people will love him for who he is. Kurt is the only one to step up for him to do that. It's one of the first times you see us on the same page as opposed to at war with each other.
How do you react to both the passionate fans who are in support of you, and the fans who are angry at Karofsky's redemption?
As far as being an actor on a TV show, it's flattering that fans are so connected and invested emotionally in these characters that they reach out and express themselves and their opinions. You can't ask for anything better, you'd rather have that than people who don't really care at all. As far as what they say, it is sad and tragic that people out there don't think that Karofsky can change. And there are those really awful Tweets or messages where they really want Karofksy to kill himself or harm himself just so Kurt and Blaine can be together. It's really sad, and it imitates life, where people are rooting for someone to harm themselves to protect their own beliefs. The question we should ask ourselves is why do we let it get to that point -- in the show you see there are Facebook comments where after people find out Karofsky survived they tell him to try again. That mirrors real life, I read article about that. I feel like there's such a fear in our society to let people truly be who they are, that we'd rather hold people down and live in some kind of a safe status quo because there's just his fear that if we're all ourselves we'd be these wild rabid animals. If you look at it, the people who really express themselves are the Einstein's, the Alexander Graham Bell's and the Picasso's. There's such potential in this world if we just did what we believed in. If we collectively stand up for one another and have discussions, we can save some lives and change people's ways of thinking. That would be a dream come true if we could do that with this power of "Glee."
Last episode it was revealed the Karofksy has feelings for Kurt, have you always chosen to play the character this way or was it a new development?
I think it was less of a romantic or a sexual connection, and more that he just needed a human connection. He needed someone to love and accept him for who he was, and so he tried to express himself as honestly as he knew how. He never really had anyone show him how to do that. He didn't know what else to do, and he'd rather take the risk than live in the fear. He was trying to take some step forward in his life and find something to latch on to, another key to another door, and I think when that door slammed in his face it was another heartbreak for him. He'd always respected and admired Kurt for being able to be who he is, and I feel like he was reaching out to Kurt to love and accept him for who he was, because nobody else will. I thought it was brilliant too, with the Gorilla suit, where metaphorically removing that suit he was stripping the bravado and the mask off of himself and standing there bare.
Interesting parallel between the Gorilla suit removal last episode and the dressing of himself in the suit in preparation for his suicide in this one.
I'm glad you got that. I feel like in that scene, in the suicide, Karofsky has been unable to control any elements of his life, the way people see him he hasn't been able to dictate. If he wanted to show any sensitivity it would be a weakness, so he's constantly masking who he is. Him putting the suit on is finally his way to control something, make his own image and be seen has how he wants to be seen. It's interesting that in his last moments is the only time he is able to control his decisions and his life.