Darren Criss Is On top of Young Hollywood

By: Brodie
3.22.2011

Glee’s gorgeous crooner, Darren Criss, is one of the brightest shining young stars working today.

As Blaine, the velvet-voiced proud Warbler who just gave Kurt (Chris Colfer) his first passionate kiss on the hit series, Criss is changing the lives of LGBT teens, a responsibility the down to earth actor takes to heart.

Recently profiled in a revealing OUT magazine interview, Criss gave his thoughts about his Glee role marking him a role model for young gays:

DarrenCriss_5In casting Criss, the show’s producers inadvertently landed an ideal spokesman for a new generation of all-American male -- comfortable enough in his own sexuality to be perfectly at ease with someone else’s. Knowing that "Are you gay?" would be among the first questions lobbed at him, Criss initially thought he would tell reporters something ambiguous and "idealistic" like "It doesn’t matter if I’m gay or straight -- I’m playing a role." Though new to Hollywood, he’s wise enough to know that such a tactic could have backfired. He concluded, "I didn’t want to make it troublesome."

  So Criss came out, as it were, as straight, and now he regularly says things like "I think it’s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character. Ultimately, that’s more powerful for both communities."

Read a lot more about Criss, his Chicago theater company, musical Harry Potter past, what’s next, and get your hands on a whole lot of sexy photos on Out.com now.

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