High school journalist scores online interview with Glee star

14 Jan

Imagine having the opportunity to chat face-to-face with one of the biggest stars of one of the most popular shows on television today. Plus, you get to ask him two questions.  What would they be?

That was exactly the situation Catherine Osadciw found herself in when she was chosen to participate in a live video chat with Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on Fox’s hugely popular television show Glee.

Catherine, a freshman at Webster Thomas High School, is a student journalist for the school’s online newspaper, The CourierLast fall, the newspaper’s host site, my.hsj.org, sent out a notice about an interview opportunity with Colfer, who was promoting his new movie Struck by Lightning, which he wrote and stars in.  Newspaper Club adviser Mary Heveron-Smith saw it and first offered the interview to another student.  He turned it down. Then she asked Catherine, who jumped at the chance.

The chat was scheduled for mid-December. By then Catherine had watched the movie (the students were sent a link to preview it before its official release) and knew what questions she wanted to ask.  She and her dad made sure all the computer hook-ups were working perfectly on her end. She was ready.

But that’s not to say she wasn’t nervous.

“I’d never done anything like that before,” she said.  It didn’t help that she was only one of only eight student journalists from around the country who were participating. “I expected it to be a big thing,” she said.  And then she found out that she’d be starting off.  “Oh, my gosh, you have to be kidding me,” she thought.

After some technical difficulties on Colfer’s end, the chat finally got rolling, and Catherine asked her questions (“How was this different from a typical film about teenagers?” and “Was it harder writing or starring in the movie?”).  Everyone had their chance to talk with the star, then the interview was over.  It only took about 15 minutes. But that was plenty long enough to leave a lasting impression on Catherine.

“(Colfer) was really fun, really nice to everyone,” she said.  “I liked that he was very humble and passionate about what he did.”

“I was impressed, definitely impressed.”

Click here to go to the Webster Thomas Courier, where you can read Catherine’s interview with Chris Colfer, and her review of Colfer’s new movie, Struck by Lightning.



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