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Will read this interview later. I remember being a fan of their interview of Darren when he was on Broadway in Hedwig.
The Daily Beast wrote: How Darren Criss Became Versace’s Killer (And Why He Keeps Playing Gay)
Step-touching his way through the halls of the fictional Dalton High School—the hair perfectly parted, the navy blazer impeccably tailored, and amplifying an a capella rendition of a Katy Perry song through the sheer wattage of his all-American smile—a then-22-year-old Darren Criss, fresh out of college and making his debut as Blaine Anderson on a 2010 episode of Glee, was the epitome of the teenage dream.
Now, he’s the 30-year-old stuff of nightmares.
Well, he isn’t, exactly, but the serial killer he plays on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story certainly is.
In many ways, Criss’ revelatory performance as Andrew Cunanan, the 27-year-old gay man who, after murdering five people including the famed fashion designer, became one of the most wanted serial killers in American history, is all the more unsettling because of its stark contrast to the genial crooner we were introduced to on Fox’s burned-fast-and-bright musical dramedy.
But then again, the surprise of a certain clean-cut progressiveness has been the hallmark of Criss’ still-young career.
“I think it’s really given me an alley-oop,” Criss says, referring to the initial shock a Glee fan might have to watching the actor as Cunanan, say, bind a rich john who hires him as an escort with duct tape and then gauge him with a hammer. “I’d like to think [audiences] would be interested and compelled anyway,” without this lingering image of Criss as Blaine, the consummate Nice Guy. “But I think it’s an extra nudge when you have that to juxtapose against.”
When we first met Darren Criss several years ago, he was wearing a thigh-length kimono and tending to his favorite blonde wig, remnants of sweat-sticky glitter smudging just about everything in sight—aided and abetted in its mission by the runoff from his sparkling go-go boots. We were in his dressing room backstage at the Belasco Theatre, high off the energy of his stage-scorching performance in as the titular transgender rocker in the 2015 musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
It was Criss’ first major gig after wrapping his run on Glee, and a thundering opening salvo in proving the breadth of his talents, let alone taste in projects.
Things are decidedly bleaker, or at the very least chillier, when we reunite two-and-a-half years later at a café in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York to talk Versace, inarguably the biggest and certainly darkest project of his career thus far. Still, Criss’ fashion choice is doing its part to dial up the fabulousness of the morning: a knee-length, forest green mohair overcoathe pets with pride when we compliment it. “One of the kids from Boy Band on Good Morning Americathis morning was like, ‘Yo bro, it looks like you skinned the Grinch!’” Criss laughs. “I’m like, that is indeed an apt observation.” FULL ARTICLE | THE DAILY BEAST.COM
Darren Criss on ‘American Crime Story’ & PRETTYMUCH’s Austin Porter Has Hobbit Feet | Source
PRETTYMUCH’s Austin Porter & DC Young Fly Grill Darren Criss | The Third Degree | Source
PRETTYMUCH, Fall Out Boy, Darren Criss & the Cast of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars’ Today! | Source
Darren Criss Wants to Collab w/ PRETTYMUCH | Source
Via TRL’s Instagram Story (January 17th, 2018)
MTV's TRL. Darren's eyes look pretty here.
DarrenCriss: You should @PRETTYMUCH tune into @TRL right now.
TRL: i stan @PRETTYMUCH and @darrencriss more than most things #TRL
Andy Cohen. Will watch later.
Darren Criss on the Versace Family’s Response the Series: “They don’t know what we’re doing” | Source
radioandysxm: @bravoandy and his “son” @darrencriss wearing matching cardigans on #ACL!
Via Darren Criss’ Instagram Story (January 17th, 2018)
Love his sweater!
Actor Darren Criss visits SiriusXM Studios on January 17 2018 in New York City
Will listen to this Elvis Duran interview later too.
Darren Criss on Playing a Murder | Elvis Duran Show | Source
This was honestly such a heartfelt message from Elvis.
elvisduran: Good luck tonight @darrencriss. Getting ready to watch #ACSVersace!
Track: Darren Criss at The Elvis Duran Show (01-17-18) Darren at The Elvis Duran Show promoting The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on January 17th, 2018
Elvis Duran and Darren Criss attend ‘The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show’ at Z100 Studio on January 17, 2018 in New York City.
elvisduran: So excited to see @darrencriss make his debut as a cold-hearted killer tonight on @fxnetworks’ The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. #ACSVersace
ElvisDuranShow: Pumped for our friend @DarrenCriss to make his debut, TONIGHT at 10 pm ET, in #ACSVersace! @FXNetworks
I did get a chance to watch Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning. Kelly always has nice chemistry with Darren, and Ryan seems nice. Darren looked relaxed. My only suggestion would be to refrain from telling the story about leaving Penelope to talk to other celebrities, and to refrain from the bit that he's stated in other interviews where Darren challenges Ryan to find another half Filipino guy etc. to play the role. It doesn't quite come across as humble, and honestly, I'm sure there are other Filipino or half-Filipino actors who are talented, can pass for that age range, and have a resemblance to Cunanan--I wouldn't assume there are no talented actors with that ethnicity in that age range who are available and working hard for such a great opportunity (I'm not saying they would be as talented as Darren, but I'm sure they are talented). Ok, sorry, it just rubs me the wrong way a bit. The way I look at it, Darren represents himself in the best light when he states how fortunate and lucky he feels he is to be in this project (which to his credit, he had stated before), because he really is fortunate and lucky to be in this project. Ok, I'll stop.
Darren Criss ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan | Source
Kelly and Ryan thought Darren was an intern.
DarrenCriss: Just tryin to get that internship though @LiveKellyRyan Sorta behind in posting today's media blitz of Darren.
Via Live with Kelly and Ryan’s Instagram Story (January 17th, 2018)
Will watch later.
Darren Criss and Exec Producers on ‘American Crime Story’ Season Two Source
Darren on Buzzfeed AM2DM. Will watch later.
Darren Criss on playing a killer, “serious” roles, and the ambiance of “American Crime Story” (January 17th, 2018) | Source
AM2DM: “American Crime Story” star @DarrenCriss talks playing murderer Andrew Cunanan in new season
Darren and Edgar in the Build interview.
[14 HQ] Actors Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss attend the Build Series to discuss ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ at Build Studio on January 16, 2018 in New York City. | Source
More pics of Darren at the Build interview. That jacket is so pretty.
[HQ] Darren Criss at Build Studio on January 16, 2018 in New York City | Source
Darren Criss Calls “Versace” a Highlight in His Career | E! Live from the Red Carpet | Source
Darren Criss Discuss Homophobia in “Versace” | E! Live from the Red Carpet | Source
Vanity Fair wrote: Andrew Cunanan and the Assassination of Gianni Versace, Revisited
January 11, 2018
The author of the book upon which the upcoming season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story is based discusses what has changed in the 20 years since the case gripped the nation, and what has not.
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“Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan, startled me because he looked so much like him. Criss is also half Filipino, just as Cunanan was.”
“Cunanan would have relished being played by Criss, who brings remarkable charisma and creepiness to the role. Still, the actor is cognizant of the pain and terror his victims will relive when the show airs. As he told me this fall: ‘My heart is really sensitive to the people who experienced something so horrible that I’m trying to breathe life into.’”