darrencrissshirt460.jpgOut Magazine

Darren Criss is not gay, however he has no problem playing a homosexual character on Glee. The 24-year-old actor, who is gracing the cover of Out Magazine, had the following to say about his Glee role:

    "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."

Criss tells the mag that he grew up performing in local musicals in San Francisco. As for his upbringing, the hairy hottie reveals:

    "I was staying out much later than most kids after shows, going to restaurants. 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.

    I feel like I’m sort of moonlighting on Glee.The coolest part is not that it’s a hit show -- that’s a bonus -- and, of course, that I have a job. But the real cool thing is I was inadvertently raised by the gay community."

See Darren rockin' some short shorts ... after the jump.