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Darren Criss talks to Gay Times about TBU
  • Gay Times: We were really upset about [Blaine] cheating
  • Darren: Oh yeah, me too.
  • Gay Times: What has the fan reaction been like?
  • Darren: Well, we don't know if he did actually cheat. But if he did; bummer. I have my own ideas about who Blaine is, and obviously the writers have a better idea, and so you find the middle ground and try to do your job to make it as truthful as possible. I think about three years ago, when we met Blaine, if you had told me he was going to cheat on his boyfriend, I would have been like, "What? No way man!" I thought that would never happen. But then again, people are layered, they have a lot of different things going on and maybe that's who he was when he met Kurt because he was trying to give a good impression--well, I think he was being genuine--but people's interests in other people get complicated. It's not as black and white as him being this knight in shining armour. And also people grow up and grow apart and grow different, so it was my job to be like, "I guess if he does this, then I have to rationalise where and at what point Blaine would be at to do such a thing," and I guess they try to justify that. I'm not going to say that it was justified, but he tries to rationalise it by the fact that he's been abandoned and it's tough, and he couldn't hold on any more. But yeah, it's a bummer. It's always a bummer when you see nice couples going down the drain. Damn.
Anything in life is defined by the people you are with, it’s never really what you are doing, it’s who you get to share it with, so it is circumstantial. On paper, if I had to choose, I come from threatre, I have been doing theatre my whole life-and that’s not to say I dislike doing television, both are a blessing–and I enjoy working. If you are an actor, you are subjecting yourself to a life of being a mercenary, essentially. So I think having a job is my first and foremost preferential thing to do. But I enjoy stagework. I think you can do a lot more, you can discover more things, and things are more in real time, the stakes are higher. There is a beginning, middle and end, and there is a catharsis of people experiencing something in a room as opposed to television and film which are very separate and inherently impersonal. The something that you are experiencing at home is vastly different from what we were experiencing in the room a month or two beforehand. So I do prefer stage, on paper, but I love the TV world. It’s all about using the same mechanisms to tell the same stories.
—  Darren Criss on “If you had to choose between Broadway and a TV show, which would it be.” [s]
Darren Criss talks about playing Blaine:
  • Gay Times: What's it like to play a gay character as a straight man?
  • Darren: It's fun. But that's the same answer I would give if you asked me what it's like to play a straight character as a gay man. It doesn't really change, I think. I think me playing a gay character is no different from Max Adler—who played Karofsky on the show—having to play a football player. He doesn't play football. Nor is he a homophobic bully. And Heather Morris who plays a dumb blonde, is the furthest thing from dumb, so your job as an actor is always to empathise with your character regardless of if he's... I am not going to put this on the same level as me—don't get this misconstrued—but if you're playing, I don't know, a homicidal maniac, you empathise with that person. I'm not saying playing a gay character is anything close, so be careful with that one on paper! I'm obviously not comparing the two, I'm just saying that it's your job to embrace whatever the character is regardless.
  • Gay Times: What response did you get from friends and family?
  • Darren: I think they were happy I was off the cough and getting a pay-cheque. No, I'm being facetious. Of course there was a positive response. he's a good character, thank God. If he was an asshole, I think people wouldn't be so hot on him. He started off as a very strong-willed, collected, composed character, and as far as young men on television, characters that had that composure, I couldn't really point to any other examples. Especially on a mainstream network show that was in the centre of the cultural zeitgeist, having such a role model character for young, teenage gay couples—I can't really think in my time or any time when there has been such a strong character, somebody who is central to a storyline—to play that is a privilege. That's like being able to put on a superhero costume. I basically got to don something that was much greater than myself, so it was a very positive response, and gain, it was a privilege to be a part of that.