New Glee guest star Darren Criss is half-Pinoy, to become series regular
Darren Criss covers "Teenage Dream."
International singing sensation Charice is not the only Glee star with Filipino blood; new guest actor Darren Criss is half-Pinoy and half-Irish. Criss, who made his Glee debut last week, Tweeted a few months ago that he is "half-Pinoy through and through."
Criss, 23, is "in talks to become a full-fledged series regular," Hollywood insider Michael Ausiello wrote in his Deadline column. The actor plays Blaine, an openly gay student and member of New Directions’ rival club, the Dalton Academy Warblers. His first song number for the show, a cover of Katy Perry’s "Teenage Dream," was widely well received. Perry herself Tweeted, "Oh...My...Gosh... this just brought a sweet tear to my eye! Teenage Dream on GLEE makes my heart go WEEEEE!"
Criss is rumored to become the love interest of New Directions’ Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), but even he claims to not know the real deal. "Kurt is the only gay teen male (in the show). So to have another young gay teen that he can talk to and relate to, that’s the most important thing. He has a support system. And whether it evolves into something more, well, we’ll see what happens," he told Vanity Fair.
Before Glee, Criss starred in and co-wrote Youtube hits A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel. He graduated with a degree in performance and acting from the University of Michigan, according to Vanity Fair.