Darren Criss first came to fame for his role on “Glee” and earned widespread acclaim for playing Andrew Cunanan on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which is to say that he’s best known to audiences for playing gay men.
The actor himself is not, however, and it’s for that reason that he no longer intends to portray LGBT characters.
“There are certain [queer] roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful,” Criss told Bustle this week, “but I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”
He added that it’s been a “real joy” playing queer characters, and it’s “unfortunate” that he no longer feels comfortable doing so.
“The reason I say that is because getting to play those characters is inherently a wonderful dramatic experience. It has made for very, very compelling and interesting people.”