The Delish Darren Criss
He Goes from Glee to Versace's Psycho Killer
The world belongs to Darren Criss. Step by step, little by little, the erstwhile Glee star has slowly expanded his fandom, and he’s only getting bigger and better as the years roll by.
Before his time on Glee, Criss was best known for writing songs and playing the lead character in the cult play, A Very Potter Musical. In 2012, Criss made his Broadway debut, replacing Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and then went on to play the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
In the realm of television, Criss recently made a scene-stealing, headline-grabbing guest appearance on a crossover episode of The Flash and Supergirl, “Duet,” in which he drags the two superheroes into a fantasy musical world in which the characters spontaneously break into song. It was a jolly episode, even – dare we say… Gleeful?
Now, Criss is gunning for the Emmy gold with his game-changing performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The series, from Glee creator Ryan Murphy, stars Edgar Ramirez as the iconic fashion designer, and Criss plays his killer, Andrew Cunanan. It’s a dangerous role, rife with uncomfortable psychological depth, but Criss is up to the task, and American Crime Story could be just the project to launch the 30-year-old into full-on superstardom.
Finally, the talented singer/songwriter has released two EPs. Earlier this year, his band, Computer Games, launched Lost Boys Life, a collection of 80s-tinged pop-rock songs. More recently, his intimate solo EP, Homework, dropped on December 15. The stripped-down record showcased a raw and personal side to Criss, and is a delightful collection of songs.
We’ve yet to learn of anything the young multi-talented artist can’t do.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story debuts January 17 on FX.