On the afternoon of January 9, Glee‘s resident will-they-or-won’t-they gay teen duo Kurt and Blaine, played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, descended on a studio in Los Angeles to shoot the cover for EW’s recent Special Report: Gay Teens on TV cover, which is on newsstands now. As you might imagine, the day was nothing but a blast for Colfer and Criss, who posed for a variety of setups reminiscent of high school prom shots, as well as a setup that found Criss playing a ukulele for an admiring Colfer.

The food? Grilled chicken and salmon — and cookies. The wardrobe? Dalton uniforms, of course. The music? Jams totally controlled by Colfer, who launched a playlist that included everything from Ke$ha to Pink to…Glee. That’s right! More than one song from Glee came over the speakers. “I have nothing but embarrassing songs on my iPod,” Colfer told our cameras during an interview on set, “so they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into!” But forget the music: Both Colfer and Chris spoke to about how important their characters are to teens, why they’re so fun to play, and lots more. See exclusive footage and interviews from our cover shoot with Colfer and Criss right after the jump!

And for more on our look into the history of gay teens on TV, and how a new generation of characters are making a difference in real kids’ lives, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.

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