Time's Most Influential People in the World

Slideshow posted in Entertainment News | Thursday, April 21, 2011

9 of 14: Chris Colfer emerged as a favorite on Fox's 'Glee,' his role as Kurt Hummel earning the actor a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award. Colfer, 20, was honored with his Times Most Influential honor in part for relaying a positive message to gay teens about personal acceptance and dealing with bullying.

"Chris lives by extreme truth, speaking out against the epidemic of bullying that he, too, faced in high school," his co-star Dianna Agron wrote in Time. "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."

(Pictured: Chris Colfer appears in a still from Fox's 'Glee.') ( Photo / Fox)