March 27, 2017

‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss interview on his role as a gay teen

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Darren Criss a new breakout star on ‘Glee.’

This multi-talented actor, musician, and Internet sensation spoke to Interview during a rare break between filming the show to talk about what playing the role of gay teen Blaine has meant to him.

“Even if Blaine was to get hit by a bus in two episodes, I’m really thankful for the time I’ve been given on the show,” he tells interviewer Kate Mendelson.

The young actor said he had no trepidation about taking on the role of a gay character or concern about being pigeonholed after moving on from ‘Glee.’

“Not at all. To be quite honest, that doesn’t take up a huge chunk of what really matters about Blaine. After having gotten to know the show a little bit, I was really excited to see that a character like this—such a strong gay character, especially a young, male, out-and-proud teen—was going to make its way onto network television, much less Fox. This is the first time I’d really seen an out student that was so young and innocent and really struggling with the big ordeal that it is to be an out student at such an early age. When other shows present the gay character thing, it’s typically been in much more adult situations, like gay men living in New York or closeted men who are married and struggling with that ordeal, but never really the core of the journey of defining your sexuality. Blaine offers a beautiful counter to that and makes such a great addition to the many-colored palette that is ‘Glee.’ So as far as me having any reservations about it, no. I read it being like, this would be so cool, whoever gets to play this, it’s going to be a great thing for an already great show.”

Wow! This dude gives long answers! And good ones!

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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