‘Glee’ star Darren Criss gets the cover of ‘Out’
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Darren Criss may be new to the cast of ‘Glee’ this season but it’s clear that he and his character of Blaine have quickly become an integral part of the show.
Last week’s Valentine’s Day episode gave Criss two big numbers and he, of course, nailed both.
In the new issue of ‘OUT’ Magazine, Criss says he knew playing gay would raise immediate questions about his own sexuality. Initially thinking he would play it coy, he soon came out as straight.
“It’s more empowering to everybody if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character,” Criss says. “Ultimately that’s more powerful for both communities.”
Still, as a kid, Criss had plenty of exposure to the gay community having performed in local musicals in his hometown, San Francisco. As a performer, Criss quickly befriended cast mates in their 20s and 30s.
“I was staying out much later than most kids after shows, going to restaurants,” he remembers. “It’s not like I was doing body shots off beautiful Castro boys. I was friends with older guys–they were who I looked up to. It wasn’t until later that I put together that they were gay.”
Will Criss’ Blaine and Chris Colfer’s Kurt Hummel ever wind up together? ‘Glee’ creator and showrunner Ryan Murphy remains coy on the subject.
“When that moment comes–if it comes,” notes Murphy, “I want to treat that relationship like we treat all the other relationships on the show. I want it to be flawed and as exposed as everyone else’s.”
Murphy also addressed recent rumors that one-half of that potential ‘Glee’ coupling will experiment with bisexuality. “It’s my job as showrunner to keep them apart as long as possible,” Murphy says. “Blaine will openly question whether bisexuality is real. I think that some people will love that discussion and some will not love it.”
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