Newsweekly TIME has included Chris Colfer on its TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

According to the glossy, Colfer's portrayal of gay student Kurt Hummel on the Fox musical-comedy Glee is inspiring.

Says Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on the show: “The honesty that he infuses into his Glee character, Kurt, leaves you reeling. Our cast is blessed to hear things like 'Your character has helped me through this, or helped me do that,' but none more so than Chris. To witness the power he gives to his audience firsthand? It's wonderful.”

“I'm not really afraid to be my awkward self and I know there's lots and lots of other people just like me out there that are awkward themselves and I think they just appreciate that I'm not afraid to say the weird things that I say and tweet the obnoxious things that I tweet,” Colfer told the magazine.

“I mean, I've tried being other people and myself suits me the best,” he added. “People respond to honesty.”