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Watch: Glee's Darren Criss Talks About Playing a Gay Teen, on 'Ellen'


Glee's Darren Criss appeared on Ellen today and discussed the success of the show's track Teenage Dream, his appearance on the gay teens cover of Entertainment Weekly, and how grateful he is to play a confident gay teen.

He also performs a song for Ellen on his guitar.


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  1. Wow. If Darren wasn't cute and adorable before, he sure as hell is now. What a great guy. I wish him all the best.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Feb 2, 2011 12:19:49 PM

  2. What is the endless fascination with this kid? He seems like a good guy; however, at the end of the day, he is a cute, straight boy playing a cute, gay teen.

    The breathless fascination of his every movement is puzzling.

    Posted by: Lincolnlounger | Feb 2, 2011 12:26:33 PM

  3. So cute, I could just eat em up. Really!

    Posted by: tommy | Feb 2, 2011 12:28:37 PM

  4. What is wrong with celebrating something good?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 2, 2011 12:41:43 PM

  5. Love that boy. Gorgeous inside and out!

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 2, 2011 12:49:53 PM

  6. What's wrong, Patrick, is that some people prefer misery to joy.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 2, 2011 12:54:53 PM

  7. And were absolutely sure he's straight? Cuz I get more of a "family" vibe from him in this interview, where he's supposedly just being himself, than I did even from glee.

    Posted by: brandon h | Feb 2, 2011 12:57:16 PM

  8. totally agree lincoln. the hype over glee is also out of control

    Posted by: hank | Feb 2, 2011 12:59:13 PM

  9. Darren is awesome :-) And he's easy on the eyes too, so I'll be watching today's show.

    Posted by: Ty | Feb 2, 2011 1:06:38 PM

  10. Watch the video with the sound off. Watch his mannerisms, grrr please!!!

    Posted by: Coco | Feb 2, 2011 1:06:58 PM

  11. I've already had a crush on him...and this just confirms it. What a charming guy! Talented actor, singer, and songwriter. He's playing a great character and handling the issues around it very gracefully. A San Francisco guy who is utterly comfortable with his sexuality. Way to go, Darren!

    Here's a terrific song he has written:

    Here's a cover of a Disney song that he mentioned:

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 2, 2011 1:07:41 PM

  12. The guy has charisma.

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | Feb 2, 2011 1:17:08 PM

  13. Uhm , yeah

    turn off the volume

    his mannerisms =

    1- Gay actor pretending to be straight guy playing gay

    2- hyper fem straight guy which is possible but they are very few and far between

    If he is pretending at being straight due to pressure from agents etc is understandable, but if freely by his own choice he is pretending then he is an ass besides being delusional.

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Feb 2, 2011 2:03:11 PM

  14. If anyone wants to worry whether or not we are "winning", look at Ellen's show. She constantly tackles gay issues, makes no apologies about her beautiful wife, and is STILL one of the highest-rated daytime shows ever.

    Posted by: Alexander | Feb 2, 2011 2:30:20 PM

  15. "however, at the end of the day, he is a cute, straight boy playing a cute, gay teen...The breathless fascination of his every movement is puzzling."

    Your puzzlement is puzzling. At the end of the day, he is not just cute, young and straight. He's also genuinely talented, charismatic, articulate and pro-gay. If that's commonplace and not worthy of note, then please show me the other performers his age who are comparable.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 2, 2011 2:38:01 PM

  16. Dear Gays,

    Let's not crucify the straight actors who play gay characters by trying to find mannerisms to out him as really a "gay." Just like we don't want straight people doing it to gays playing straight roles. remember what team you're on and act accordingly. Right?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 2, 2011 2:56:12 PM

  17. I think we are seeing a more comfortable generation of guys, ones who don't need to macho up their image all the time. He comes from a theatre background and many of his mannerisms probably were informed by being around a lot of gay people. He doesn't strike me as someone who would lie about his sexuality. Love him, love the show and love what it is saying to young kids as they are truly the hope for a brighter future.

    Posted by: james | Feb 2, 2011 3:13:23 PM

  18. I did state that it is quite possible he is a fem straight guy

    they do exist, but are very rare

    also, hollywood is notorious about putting pressure on gay actors to say they are straight

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Feb 2, 2011 3:19:21 PM

  19. Nice to see he finally cleaned up for a public appearance.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Feb 2, 2011 3:23:46 PM

  20. Somewhat fem young straight guys are a dime a dozen in urban areas; they destroyed my gaydar years ago. People often think my brother is gay (he's not) and I'm straight (I'm not). This guy grew up in the San Francisco theater scene and is obviously very gay friendly. That doesn't mean he's gay.

    Even for straights, being comfortable and not having to put up some BS macho act is a much more pleasant way to live. And on a side note, if you are straight but a little feminine, lots of women are wildly attracted to you.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 2, 2011 3:49:57 PM

  21. He's very talented and very good on the show. He's not my type but he is adorable and I see why people are so crazy over him. I don't think he comes off gay so much as musical theater geek-y which isn't all that different in mannerism and interest (sort of like a more theatrical form of metrosexual).

    Anyway who cares? He's doing a good job on the show and the storyline has been handled very well. I'm looking forward to more of Kurt/Blaine. (Blurt? Klaine?)

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Feb 2, 2011 4:32:35 PM

  22. Why not give Darren the benefit of the doubt and believe him when he says he's straight? He's no aging closeted bigot, that's for sure. From my perspective, the younger generation isn't hung up on machismo. Time to unlearn old ways of gauging someone's sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Adrian | Feb 2, 2011 5:33:38 PM

  23. That boy is a star! The camera just licks him up from head to toe.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 2, 2011 5:35:43 PM

  24. Some people just can't say anything positive about anybody. Chris colfers character is an out youth who is realistic and people cry cause they don't want to be stereotyped with a fem gay character. Then you turn around and completely judge this sweet authentic actor as not living up to the straight stereotype, so he must be lying and be gay. Hypocrisy. Accept this show for all the good that it is. It is wildly popular and normalizing homosexuality in a new generation of people. It's a total victory for sane, openminded people whether you like or understand the popularity of the show or not. The entire thing is about being different, and that being okay. It's a wonderful message for all.

    Posted by: Brad | Feb 2, 2011 5:54:23 PM

  25. For those who missed it, the willingness of a straight boy to play a gay boy on national TV represents progress. Get with the program.

    Posted by: wimsy | Feb 3, 2011 9:36:31 AM

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