Does playing gay get old?
Straight-identifying Darren Criss, 31, who won ‘best actor for limited series or movie’ at this year’s Emmy awards for portraying 27 year old gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan, recently swore off further gay roles in an interview with Bustle magazine.
“I want to make sure I won't be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role," Criss told the magazine, days after returning from an overseas tour with former ”Glee” co-star Lea Michele.
"It’s just made me really scared because [the Andrew Cunanan season of American Crime Story] ticked so many massive boxes," Criss said. "I’m kind of like, 'Well, shit, how can I possibly move from there?'” He went on to say.
"I think it's more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I'm articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character," Criss said for the Hollywood issue of Out magazine in 2011, when he was 24 years old. "Ultimately, that's more powerful for both communities."
Cunanan, the gay serial killer Criss portrays in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime story,” shares being a member of the Filipino community with the actor.
When the Andrew Cunanan season was in development, Criss told executive producer Ryan Murphy “I defy you to find another guy who looks kind of like him, who’s in the same age range, who’s in your Rolodex of actors. Because if you don’t cast a half-Filipino guy, the Filipino community is going to cry bloody murder. So I don’t know what your other options are!” Criss shared with Indiewire.