Darren Criss lit up the screen with his rendition of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" during a November 9 episode of "Glee" That single went on to become the highest first-day sales for a "Glee" track, one of the most successful singles in "Glee" history, and helped Criss land a series regular role on the show as Kurt's potential love interest.
Criss tells Elle magazine, "Kurt is, you know, the gay teen, and up to this point he's never actually had another other gay male teen to relate to. The fact that this [Criss' character, Blaine] character exists now is awesome, and it's a dream come true to play him."
The actor/singer also opened up on how he got bit by the acting bug. "I wanted to be an actor after seeing Robin Williams as the Genie in 'Aladdin,'" Criss says. "I saw it in theaters about twelve times, and I knew who Robin Williams was. So asked my mom, 'What does that guy do? What's his job?' Because for all I know he's a fireman. When she told me, I thought, 'Whatever that actor thing is, I want to do it.'"
For his audition, Criss reveals he sang the Britney Spears hit "Baby One More Time." It was announced last month that the actor was promoted a series regular role on the show. The Hollywood Reporter said that when asked if Criss was to remain a Season 2 regular and would also appear on the next season, Murphy said: "Yes," adding: "I think there's a hunger for him and a positive relationship role model. He'll definitely continue through the year and longer. We just signed a deal with him."
The show's production companies have not confirmed or denied whether Blaine, who is also gay, and Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, will become involved romantically.
"I'm more interested in Blaine being a friend and a mentor to Kurt and for the first time having someone in the exact same situation as Kurt," Criss told OnTheRedCarpet.com earlier this month. "At this point in the show most of Kurt's friendships are not as easily relatable as Blaine will be, so that's the coolest part. So we'll see what happens from there."