The debate continues in Hollywood on whether straight actors should play gay roles.
Darren Criss isn’t gay but has played several gay roles, like Blain Anderson of Glee and Andrew Cunanan on The Assassination of Givanni Versace. But say that he is no longer going gay for pay.
In an interview with Bustle, 31-year-old Criss explains, “There are certain [queer] roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful. But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”
Criss says he has enjoyed the roles of play queer characters, including Hedwig in the Broadway musical, but he’s no longer comfortable taking those roles.
“The reason I say that is because getting to play those characters is inherently a wonderful dramatic experience,” he says. “It has made for very, very compelling and interesting people.”
When asked about if he would never consider a Glee revival, he says “never say never,” but he highly doubts it.
“It’s not because I don’t love Glee or didn’t love my time on Glee, it’s just Glee was a new thing,” he explains. “The thing that made it special was its freshness. That’s hard to recreate.”
Furthermore, he stated that if the show does come back, he’s hopeful it has new actors.
‘”I like what it celebrated,” Criss says. “New faces and new voices and I’d want to see that incarnated but with somebody new.”