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Darren Criss says win was ‘pretty wild’ at Emmy party
September 21, 2018
“It’s pretty wild!” Darren Criss exclaimed, clutching the gold trophy he received earlier in the evening, when he arrived at the Fox Emmy party at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.
Looking sharp in a modern tux by Armani—no, not by Versace—Darren was beaming with pure joy.
Congratulated on making history as the first Filipino-American to win an Emmy lead actor award for his acclaimed portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Darren said, “I feel like the title is much bigger than myself. It’s truly an honor. I’m so happy to be representing so many people who share my background and, there are some Filipino or half-Filipino kids out there who can be encouraged by this and, hopefully, we’ll see them very soon at the Emmys.”
On winning his first major acting award for a role that for the first time hewed to his Fil-Am heritage, Darren said, “I’ve always been so thrilled to be Filipino. It’s truly one of my favorite things about myself. And this is the first time in my professional life that people have been curious or asked about my background. I think that is mainly due to the fact that there haven’t been roles that utilized my background or that lined up with the background that I have.”
“Above all else, I’m just happy that it was a complex role with far more than one side of him (Cunanan). It was a challenge to bring to life somebody who was complex, tragic and very sad. And to be half-Filipino and bring that to life with the ethnic background I have is a real privilege.”
At 31, the second youngest to win the Emmy best actor in a limited series or movie prize (the youngest winner was Anthony Murphy, in 1973), Darren shared what he felt when his name was called at Microsoft Theater: “I’m just so glad that I had so many cast members and colleagues from the show around me. Because this is only worth celebrating if I’m with them.
“If I had been by myself, this would have been a very empty victory. So, it’s nice to be in such a large ensemble. I was thrilled for them because this is a big win for them, as well.”
The former “Glee” star introduced us to his family when they walked in at Vibiana—mom Cerina, dad Charles and brother Chuck. He said he was blessed to grow up with this family. “As I said in my speech, unlike Andrew, I was very fortunate to be raised in an extraordinarily loving home, which is very different from the broken home he came up in. It’s no wonder that it makes quite a difference.
“I really wanted them to be here tonight so that I could thank them, and that they know the way they brought me up is directly connected to being here.”
As for what’s next, the singer-actor-composer said, “I have a lot of loose ends I have to tie up, at least for the remainder of the year.”
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I have some other things, some writing I’m working on that I have to get done next.”
Wonderful pic of two very proud artists! Nice words from Cody Fern (who btw stated on social media that the reason why he didn't attend the Emmy ceremony was because he was working on AHS).
vrodrigueziii One of these people won an #emmy tonight and it wasn’t me or @msleasalonga Congrats to @darrencriss my fellow #Filipino Bro from San Francisco. #thatrhymed #darrencriss #ftw #literally @televisionacad #acsversace #FX #ProudPinoy #FilipinosOnTV #Diversity #Progress
Via gottalivealoha (thank you Lilikoiluv!):
Darren Criss arrives at the FOX Broadcasting Company, FX, National Geographic and 20th Century Fox Television 2018 Emmy Nominee Party at Vibiana on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Joe Scarnici
From d-criss-news (via Lilikoiluv-thanks Lilikoiluv!):
Darren Criss at the the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018.