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Sunday 20 April 2014

Chris Colfer is gifted, says Janney

Chris Colfer has written a film called Struck By Lightening

Chris Colfer is "a gifted man" according to Allison Janney, who stars in his debut film.

The 21-year-old actor, who plays Kurt Hummel in Glee, has written a film called Struck By Lightening, in which he also stars.

Speaking at the Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles, The Help actress Allison said: "He's such a gifted man, Chris Colfer, and he wrote this beautiful film called Struck By Lightning.

"I play his mother, not a very happy mum, not a very glamorous role for me. I'm not going to lie to you, I don't look anything like I look tonight. But what a very, very fulfilling movie to get to do with him."

Chris, who has won a Golden Globe and been nominated twice for an Emmy for his role as gay teen Kurt, takes the film's lead role, while Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks plays his stepmother.

Allison was at the awards with her The Help co-stars to claim an ensemble acting prize.

Emma Stone and Dallas Bryce Howard were also among the members of the female-led cast on hand to pick up the gong.

Allison said: "I love any awards show organisation that honours a cast, an ensemble."

She added: "Acting is a team sport and I love the team that I was on. Team Help is a great team of actors so it just makes me beam with pride and joy to be here for this."

The hit film is an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel, which examines the racial divides between white families in 1960s-era Mississippi.

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