Vanity Fair journalist Brett Berk asked Glee actor Darren Criss in a roundabout way if he was gay
It’s a subject that’s very near and dear to my heart, simply because I grew up in such an open community—doing theater in San Francisco. I mean, it doesn’t get much, stereotypically, “gayer.” I was inadvertently raised in the “gay community.” I had straight parents, but I spent massive amounts of time at a very early age with gay, theater-hopeful thirty-somethings. And those were the people I spent time with early on, so my whole perception of “sexuality” just wasn’t there. It just…was. It even got to the point where, later in life… I had all the components in place. I was, well, not super effeminate, but I was into girly things—I liked musical theater, all the stereotypical things. I had to come out and say, well, I’m sorry, but I think I’m straight. And people were like, say it ain’t so! And I would say, “It’s been a secret too long, but I’m actually a straight male.”
And so for the longest time when people asked me about Blaine, I wanted to say It doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t. But I don’t want to devalue it, because it’s a very earnest question, and I can see why people would want to know. And I realized that if I said, It doesn’t matter, that immediately means that I’m gay. So I do define myself as a straight male, but it really doesn’t come into play with me in this role. As an actor, your objective is always to play the scene. And this case, he happens to be a gay teen.
Oh well. We all can’t be perfect. It just makes me wonder why Ryan Murphy didn;t cast another openly gay man in this role. I am sure there are many just as talented and just as cute. It would have made a real statement.
Darren Criss is talented, cute, and seems to be a really nice and intellegent guy and did a great job last night. But why didn’t Ryan Murphy cast another openly gay actor in the role? I would be nice to have some openly gay actors in a gay storyline on mainstream television.
Oh well, lets hold out some hope that Max Adler who plays the closted High School jock Dave Karofsky plays for our side. .
Why always cast straight men playing gay roles? There are TONS of openly gay musical theatre actors out there.