that one time i met darren criss

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A Conversation with Darren Criss:

So after my classes today I went to Times Square in the hope of meeting Darren Criss who’s currently performing on Broadway. I have loved him since I first watched a Very Potter Musical back when I was like 15 so hearing he was going to be in town just meant I had to at least try my luck. I waited a good hour and a half for him and he did not disappoint.

Though we were not allowed “posed” selfies…I couldn’t resist at least attempting to get one picture of us both. And clearly I did.

He was just the biggest sweetheart I have ever met. As I was taking pictures on my phone he goes “Oh I love your phone case” (it has disney princesses all over it). 

Me: “It’s perfectly fit for a princess, right *shows off my crown tattoo*”

Darren: “Absolutely! You do know those are supposed to go on your head though right?”

M: “Yeah I wasn’t quite ready to make that kinda commitment though just yet”

D: “*laughs* And an English Princess nonetheless”

M: “As much as I hate to correct you, I’m actually Welsh…”

D: “Welsh…English…British…same thing right?”

M: “Not quite. But I’ll be whatever you want me to be”

D: “*laughs again and stokes my hand…catherine mentally dies* Well I’m sorry, here ya go Welsh Princess *hands back his autograph*. Thanks for coming to see me!

****The rest is a blur as I’m dying inside****

But hey, for me. That’s not bad right? Considering my other encounters with celebrities have involved me crying or shaking or telling them who they are. I’m proud of myself. What a wonderful day! Now excuse me whilst I-

DARREN CRISS CALLED ME A PRINCESS DOEFIHAIOGOABGOERBGOBESOIBO!!!!!!!

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ashvillarroel: Those who know me well know why this is an extremely special photo. I’ve been a fan of Darren Criss for so long, and I can’t believe I can finally say that we’ve met. I had the opportunity to tell him that I’ve traveled to NYC from Canada just to see him in both Broadway productions he’s starred in… And that I plan on continuing that tradition! @darrencriss Thank you for your kindness and patience during my mini freak out (sorry for talking so fast). Thank you for your willingness to take this photo with me and for one of the best hugs I’ve ever received. You’ve no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. I met you when I wasn’t even trying to. As corny as it sounds, Coachella made my dreams come true! #grateful

ashvillarroel: #tbt to that time Darren Criss hugged me. Thanks Darren

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so I met this dude again this evening - after watching his entire WEday rehearsal (which was absolutely amazing) - he kept thanking us for taking our time to always be there for him (i told him I had met him a month ago and 2 years ago) and he was like “seriously, I meant what I said, I really appreciate it” - after he shook all our hands and asked us where we’re from, I asked him when he was going to do another london show and he said he’d love to do one he’s just gotta get the music out (which he said he jokes about with his friends how it’s never gonna happen) and I told him that we wouldn’t care we’d come anyway and he again thanked us for that. He REALLY wanted us to understand how grateful he was for our support (he genuinely thanked us like, 5 times) I am so so happy that I got to see him in my own city, I know how exceptionally lucky I am and I do not take a single moment of what happened today for granted.

The first time I wrote it I wrote a line out for each character. I wrote verses that were highly specific as you know, ‘ponytails’ and ‘uniforms’ and things like that. I think there was a rhyme at one point that was, er, they were talking about walking through the halls…about uniforms and ponytails, dark hair and dark blue nails. It was that specific to characters that we actually met.

5 YEARS later Darren is still telling us the story.  Oh yeah I can totally tell it means nothing.  Out of all the friends he made on Glee, all the times he hung out with them off-set, Chris is the person Darren CHOOSES to mention, the most, out of anyone else.  The Sutton Foster story is one he CHOOSES to tell, unprompted, and more than once.  People don’t continue to repeat a story about how they met someone unless it holds special significance to them.  They also don’t tell the story the same way every time unless the details are important and became a part of their heart.  

No, I don’t think they called it a date that night. But clearly it has taken on a special meaning to Darren, for reasons that are personal to him.  If it wasn’t a beginning to whatever relationship Darren and Chris have together, he would not tell the story. Also would Chris be okay with Darren telling it if they aren’t at least friends?  If Darren and Chris were really trying to disprove anything about being together, in any way, this story would have died out a long time ago. But Darren keeps it alive for a reason.