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The versatile Kristen Wiig teams up with Glee star Darren Criss for the deliciously offbeat comedy Girl Most Likely, and we have an exclusive look at a bonus features clip for the film – out on VOD and Digital this Tuesday (and Blu-ray/DVD November 5) – in which Darren’s co-stars and the filmmakers gush all over his incredible talent! []

[Repeating the fan question] So this is my first feature film, and what was it like to work with such an illustrious cast? Um, it was nothing short of absolutely incredible, I mean it sort of speaks for itself, such talented people here, and I don’t want to turn this into a praise fest, but I feel like it was sort of that on set every day. It’s, it’s an absolute privilege.

I tell a story that, um, when any time Annette was around—I was going back and forth between LA and NY every other day shooting an episode and then coming here, I mean to NY. I was exhausted all the time and there were times where I would be catching up on sleep in my trailer, and I’d wake myself up, like, What am I doing? Annette Bening and Matt Dillon are doing a scene, like, two blocks away from me! So I got my shit together and I’d sit there and watch it. Man, in college, if you had told me that I could have a free—or paid—master class—

[Shari interjects, “It was pretty much free.” and the audience laughs.]

—It was pretty much free, exactly, but I wasn’t, you know, paying tuition for this master class, I would have freaked out. So I made sure to get every bit of knowledge I could from everybody. Cast, crew, every single person is a very professional, skilled, talented artist, from the top down to the bottom, from the writing to, to everything. It was amazing, I couldn’t have had a better experience, and I would, I would do anything to do another film with these two directors, so, um, it was—I got very lucky, to say the least. I could go on forever, but I’ll spare you the novel.
—  Darren Criss answers a fan question at the Q&A following the second TIFF screening of Imogene. [source]
[Darren] Criss, who’s best known for his role as Blaine Anderson on “Glee,” attracted just as much attention as [Kristen] Wiig at the screening. He was wearing a black ribbon on his lapel, presumably in mourning for his “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel. Photographers on the red carpet seemed surprised to see Criss there, and he didn’t take questions from the press.

Later in the evening when director Shari Berman was announcing the cast in attendance, she introduced Criss as a “wonderful, very nice, and really great trooper.” He smiled, waved and stood up with his fellow cast members, and then sat down to watch the movie.
—  “Girl Most Likely” Premiere. (The Wall Street Journal)
Our next actor is celebrating his first role in a feature film, he, prior to that, was in a very little, unknown television show that people might have heard of, called Glee. He also has a few fans, he’s working on building up the fan thing. Anyway, he’s the incredible and multi-talented Darren Criss!
—  Shari Springer Berman introducing Darren Criss at the Imogene premiere. 
Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini discuss "Girl Most Likely"
  • Shari Springer Berman:The part of Lee, played by Darren Criss, that was hard [to cast] because it was scripted that he is a Backstreet Boy impersonator. It had to be someone who could get up and dance. And he has to be a romantic interest, but it is scripted that he is much younger than her so there has to be a connection but it also has to feel a little weird for them to be together. It was hard to find the right person. Bob thought we should look at the people on "Glee," and he went online and found this interview Darren did with Rolling Stone, where he sang all the answers to the questions. He was like, "Shari, come here and look at this! There's something special with this guy."
  • Robert Pulcini:He was just sitting there with his guitar singing the answer to every question. It was really charming and funny and I thought, "he really has the light touch that would be very good. He doesn't take himself too seriously and that would be really good for Kristen's character, who takes herself very seriously."