Posted on Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:25 AM PDT
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 itâ€™s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if Iâ€™m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character. Ultimately, thatâ€™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. Itâ€™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 wasnâ€™t until later that I put together that they were gay.
I feel like Iâ€™m sort of moonlighting on Glee.The coolest part is not that itâ€™s a hit show -- thatâ€™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.
You go, boy!
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