Darren Criss will no longer accept LGBT scripts

Written by on December 27, 2018

Darren Criss says he will no longer accept LGBT scripts because he doesn’t want to deprive gay actors of roles.

The actor, who is straight, is well-known for playing the gay character of Blaine Anderson of Glee and Andrew Cunanan of American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace where Criss won a Primetime Emmy award for his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Criss has also earned nominations at both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.

Criss says “I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” he told Bustle magazine which is an online women’s magazine.
Although Criss says it’s “been a real joy” playing queer characters like Blaine, Cunanan, and Hedwig in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, he now doesn’t feel comfortable taking those roles, which is “unfortunate,” he says. “The reason I say that is because getting to play those characters is inherently a wonderful dramatic experience,” he adds. “It has made for very, very compelling and interesting people.” “But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”

Criss doesn’t want to contribute in any way to the LGBTQ representation problem in Hollywood. “I think what’s clear is that there are a lot of great LGBTQ actors in Hollywood and that there are plenty who are ready to play LGBTQ roles,” 

Hollywood is missing an opportunity to embrace new talent who would better serve these stories. And over the years, actors like Criss have become more sensitive to these types of concerns.

No openly gay man has ever won the Academy Award for best actor, while straight actors have taken home the prize for playing LGBT roles.

Tom Hanks won it for Philadelphia in 1993, while Sean Penn scooped it for Milk in 2009. Charlize Theron took home Best Actress for portraying serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was a lesbian, in 2003 Monster.

In total, 52 straight people have been Oscar-nominated for playing gay characters.

A paper copy of this can be found in Kansas City’s long-running LGBTQ Magazine KC Exposures .  If you have a question, comments or concern that you would like to be addressed, please email kaci@kcpride.com

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