on glee, breakout star darren criss is the first real love interest for the shows openly gay character, kurt hummel (chris colfer). Although kurts crush is unrequited (so far), criss character. Darren everett criss (born february 5, 1987) is an american actor, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame starring on the television series glee (201015) and received emmy and golden globe acting awards for his leading role as spree killer andrew cunanan in the assassination of gianni versace american crime story (2018). He has also appeared on broadway and in film and has released. criss plays a director in netflixs hollywood, which reimagines the golden era of movie making as a far more accepting place for asian, african american, and gay. at broadway backwards 2019, emmy and golden globe award winner darren criss (hedwig and the angry inch, tvs the assassination of gianni versace american cr.). darren criss is done playing gay characters, the actor recently told bustle, because he wants to ensure gay actors get the chance to perform they deserve. Darren criss was born on february 5, 1987 in san francisco, california, usa as darren everett criss. He is an actor, known for little white lie (2009), glee (2009) and american crime story (2016). darren criss has decided that he will no longer play gay characters. This is a song that chuck wrote more than 10 years ago after i dragged him to a parkour class which caused his arm to dislocate. darren criss explains why he will no longer play gay characters i want to make sure i wont be another straight boy taking a gay mans role, criss says.