I want to see Blaine doing something. New York would be cool. You have to be economic with what stories you’re telling so people can’t just go off to other cities in the world. If he goes to New York, I wouldn’t see that as such a surprise. Blaine really would like to go to New York, he wants to be wherever Kurt is.
—  Darren Criss on whether he wants Blaine to head to New York

 "I think for any relationship that got such a killer start as the two of them it’s good to have some troubled water,“ Criss said. "I think it’s good to show young people especially that really strong relationships — when they do part — it’s not necessarily the end. It’s sort of a new chapter for both people. I like that they’re very much staying in each other’s lives.” Although Criss likes their time apart, he is still holding out hope for a happy ending. “Of course, I want to see them together in the end. Duh,” he said.

When asked what he would like his character to do post-graduation, Criss was unsure, except to say he really wants to see Blaine work for it. “Regardless of where it goes, I would like to see Blaine struggle. He’s a very privileged young lad who went to a private school, probably has a bit of money. Big things happen for him all the time that I’d like, if he does have everything going for him, [for him] to realize that things don’t get handed to you,” Criss said. “You have to work really hard. Things aren’t served to you on a silver platter.”


Together with his co-star, Darren Criss, Colfer has embodied probably the greatest same-sex television couple ever; Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson, aka Klaine. Their (mostly) sweet love story has grabbed the imagination of millions, and become a symbol of the need for – and lack of – intelligent gay relationships in entertainment.

Whilst much of Klaine’s success had to do with the writing (during season two at least) and the chemistry between Colfer and Criss; the talent of the two actors has taken the characters to a whole new level.

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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.
Ever since Darren Criss joined the cast of Glee back in 2010, he’s managed to always breathe new life into the show. From his emotional relationship with Chris Colfer’s Kurt (#KlaineForever, ya’ll) to his beautiful singing voice (his version of “Teenage Dream” might be better than the original — just sayin’), we just can’t get enough of Blaine Anderson — or Darren!
—  Teen.com
The opening montage brings all the mania I could ever want. Blaine sings “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” in an empty auditorium, because he’s joining a bunch of clubs to fill his life, and all the while, he’s narrating one of those diary entries about how he’s handling his senior year in Kurt’s absence. No mention of Skype-sex, unfortunately, but when Blaine absent-mindedly offers his bowl of popcorn to Kurt’s chat window, Kurt picks up a kernel on his end in a great, goofy touch. It’s a musical number, an internal monologue, and a set-up for Blaine’s loneliness that’s somewhat less needy than the scene where Kurt is too excited about impressing Anna Wintour to focus on his boyfriend’s class election. And it ends with Blaine walking through superheroes and medieval fantasy LARPers as he sings the title. There’s the passion I’ve been looking for. Glee is a crazy splatter collage with almost no consistency, and it’s so much better when it acts like it.
—  A.V. Club review of “Makeover” [source]
And speaking of break-ups, we learned that Kurt and Blaine have definitely broken up, though Kurt is refusing all of Blaine’s attempts at communication. Seeing Blaine so emotional was both sad and humorous, as it was intended to be, I’m sure.
—  TvFanatic review of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
Blaine Anderson calls himself “Blaine Anderson” and says it’s time to change things up and become a shining star. Blaine Anderson has obviously never watched an episode of Glee or perused an AfterElton.com Hot 100 list where the name “Blaine Anderson” appears one hundred million times each year, thus sealing his position as the brightest of all celestial orbs.
—  AfterElton review of “Makeover” [source]
Blaine returned to the root of his origin story to rescue the trophy, but the whole thing was a trap orchestrated by the new captain of the Warblers to lure Blaine away from the New Directions. New-guy Hunter did his research and played on Blaine’s insecurities—why stay at McKinley without Kurt? Don’t you remember how great it felt to belong somewhere? C'mon, buddy, let’s just sing a song, just one song. What’s the harm in one song?

Blaine put up a good fight, but in the end, that blazer fit like an old, familiar glove, and Blaine figured that if he was already a villain, citing how deeply he’d hurt Kurt, then why not just embrace it and go total dark side—where I’m told they have cookies, after all. He returned to McKinley intending to finish his senior year at Dalton, arguing to a completely floored Sam [sic], “Warblers are my birthright and my destiny.”

Spoken like a true superhero headcase, Blaine.
—  Tv.com recap of 4.07, “Dynamic Duets” [source]
Blaine kicks things off with the appropriately titled “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” – his slick showmanship making him a natural for lead vocals. He starts strutting down the hallway, followed by Brittany and Santana in Cheerios outfits, Mercedes in all black and Kurt in all black with an overwhelming fur hat. And thus, the New Directions’ sassiest members kick off the highly caffeinated number, shooting the episode out of a proverbial cannon.
—  Rolling Stone review of 3.11, “Michael” (x)
Blaine is not playing Danny: Obviously this seems very wrong, but Blaine removed himself from Zuko contention because he’s still too distraught over his breakup with Kurt. He can’t take the pressure of being Kenickie’s second at Thunder Road right now, okay? So he opted to be the Teen Angel and sing what will surely be a swoony version of “Beauty School Drop-out” to Sugar, who was cast as Frenchy. In the meantime, he got to make every expression on the sad-face spectrum while performing “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
—  Washington Post recap of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
The onstage musical numbers are so much better than the rehearsals for two intertwined reasons: They’re all enhanced by a classic cast member, and they all have some transformational spin on the familiar scenes from Grease. Blaine doesn’t miss a beat in his rendition of “Beauty School Dropout,” but the look on his face when he spots Kurt in the crowd is a kick in the gut. It’s really as simple as that: a practically shot-for-shot remake of a scene from someone else’s imagination justified by one little shot of Glee.
—  AV Club recap of 4.06, “Glease.” [source]
Auditions began in earnest at the top of the hour, when Blaine – who seemed like a natural for Danny Zuko because of their mutual love of their hair – sang a passionate version of “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” while flipping through a not-at-all-creepy stalker scrapbook of Kurt photos. He then explained to the directors – a group that now included Mercedes and Mike, because why the heck not? – that he just wasn’t up for a big part in Grease, because he was still too devastated from his breakup with Kurt. Aren’t we all. Blaine got an unopened Gilmore Girls box set back from him. That’s enough for anyone to claim that they were only willing to be Teen Angel.
—  Entertainment Weekly recap of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
Who runs the world? Blaine!: The episode opens very similarly to last week’s, but now it’s time for Blaine (Darren Criss) and his beloved bowtie to strut down the McKinley hallways with a voice over, declaring that this is his time to shine. So what does he do? He signs up for every single club imaginable while singing a beautiful version of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Super Hero Side-kick Appreciation Club? Check!

Blaine admits that his over-excessive clubbing is just a way to fill his time now that his beau is no longer in Lima. Of course they talk and text and Skype as much as possible, but it’s just not the same. (Side-Note: the only thing more adorable than Blaine dressed up as Robin is Blaine and Kurt’s movie date via Skype!) So Blaine decides to fully commit to something and decides that he wants to run for senior class president and of course Brittany (Heather Morris) is less than pleased.
—  Hollywood.com Recap of “Makeover” [source]