Actor Chris Colfer says he's a good candidate for a role model.

Colfer plays gay McKinley High student Kurt Hummel on the Fox musical comedy hit Glee, and is also openly gay himself. His portrayal of Hummel has won him praise from critics and an Emmy nomination

In a just-published interview with the Edmonton Journal, Colfer talks about his groundbreaking role.

"The best part is knowing that the role I play and the material I'm given affect so many kids out there," Colfer says. "Getting the letters from them that make you bawl your eyes out, I think that's the best part of it. Some of these kids need something like my character just to cope with everyday life. People are excited that there's someone like him on television, that is his own character, who isn't the sidekick or punching bag in every scene, and who has his own storyline and is his own person.”

After confessing he's never “wanted to be famous,” the 20-year-old actor says he's a good candidate for a role model: “If somebody had to be a role model, I think I'm a good candidate, in the sense that I really don't do anything obviously stupid or wrong, and I'm pretty smart with my judgments.”