The 27-year-old actor/writer/singer recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new book The Land Of Stories: Worlds Collide, the final installment of the New York Times bestselling series. During the interview, he claimed that he had a brush with the supernatural as a child.
Discussing his passion for extraterrestrials with host #JimmyFallon, Colfer humorously revealed that he travelled to Peru for his birthday in search of aliens. But when Fallon asked him about his childhood encounter, Colfer explained that he was indeed visited by an alien when he was younger. He commented:
"When I was a kid, I was very sick with bronchitis and I was on Sizzurp levels of cough syrup...so it might have been a hallucination...I woke up in the middle of the night and there was a little alien standing at the foot of my bed."
While he did acknowledge that it could have been the result of his sickness, or the cough syrup he was on, Colfer went on to describe the unusual encounter and told us how the little guy even telepathically communicated with him:
"I'm surprised I didn't like scream. But he was just so adorable, like I just, I couldn't. He was just so cute and he was just sitting there like: 'feel better'."
Colfer received widespread acclaim for his role as Kurt Hummel on Glee, which won him a Golden Globe award. But he is also a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and a member of 2011's TIME 100 most influential people. After Glee's third season, Colfer published #TheLandOfStories: The Wishing Spell.
He also wrote, produced and starred in the 2013 film Struck By Lightning as well as writing a Season 5 episode of Glee. He will now set his sights on #Indigo, an upcoming #TV pilot that he will write, direct and star in, with hopes of it getting picked up for series. Furthermore, he will also direct and write the film adaptation of The Wishing Spell for Twentieth Century Fox, who bought the film rights to his Land Of Stories series.
Not The Only Celeb With A Close Encounter
But as unlikely at it seems, Colfer's apparent encounter with alien life is only the latest in a long line of celebrities who claim they've had a brush with extraterrestrials. Let's take a quick look at a few of the other famous faces who believe they've been visited:
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, actually encountered alien life in the Mojave Desert in 1969 — well, at least he claimed to, until he eventually denied it ever happened. However, in a 2010 interview with Montreal Gazette, Shatner did confirm that he definitely believed in aliens, commenting:
"There is no doubt that there is life out there; the mathematics of it lead you to that absolute conclusion. In my mind, there is no doubt that the universe teems — teems! — with life in all its forms.”
So after spending so long in space, it's good to know that Captain Kirk truly does believe there is life out there in the deep, dark universe.
The legendary Grease actress Olivia Newton-John may have shared the screen with Chris Colfer during her guest appearances on Glee, but that's not the only thing these two have in common. Newton-John told British newspaper the Sun that when she was just 15, she saw a mysterious object fly through the sky. When asked about the existence of UFOs, she stated:
"I have seen one when I was very young. It was unidentified and it was flying...In England most people now think UFOs are possible. Twenty years ago, how many people would have thought that?"
It would seem that Newton-John was, ahem, hopelessly devoted to UFOs during her teenage years. And we love her all the more for it!
British singer Robbie Williams may have released the anthemic song "Angels," in which she sang about about "loving Angels," but there was one point in his career where he was loving aliens instead. In 2006, he took a well-earned break from his incredibly successful music career and began researching aliens. He then contacted a journalist from the Guardian and asked him to go to a UFO conference together.
He even claimed that he had seen something alien-like in his very own recording studio, just after penning the song "Arizona," which was about aliens:
"I had just finished writing a song called 'Arizona,' which is about alien abduction, when there was this glow. It was magic."
Since then, Williams has reflected on his interest in aliens, commenting on how it was the result of him getting burnt out. Williams stated:
"I got a bit burnt out and I was looking for something else. I thought that something else was making documentaries about UFOs. But that wasn’t going to work out for me. It just made me weird and...at the time fat. Weird and fat, looking at UFOs."
It's good to know that Robbie has moved away from chasing aliens and returned to the music world, where he continues to thrive.
So there you have it: Colfer's close encounter of the Gleeful kind can be added the list of celebrity alien sightings. We'll never know if he truly saw a little well-wishing alien or if it was truly the side-effects of the cough syrup, but can we really prove anyone else's sightings either? I can tell you one thing: if I ever ran into alien life, I would like to think that my encounter would be as fascinating as Chris Colfer's!
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