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'Glee' star Darren Criss calls new gay youth role 'an actor's dream'

11/05/2010 by Jacob Burch

'Glee' star Darren Criss dishes on his new openly gay role on the show, whether or not he's a love interest for Kurt, played by Chris Colfer.

There's a fresh face coming to the FOX hit "Glee", in the form of the young 20-something Darren Criss.

The star stopped by our OnTheRedCarpet.com studios to dish on his role as Blaine, an openly gay member of a rival glee club.

"Its just a bonus that its actually a very cool and interesting role, an actor's dream and sort of politically what it stands for," Criss said. "This is a guy that is really empowered and strong through who he is and what he's all about. So I really hope that fact is a source of positive energy for any kind of youth dealing with any kind of issue."

"This is the biggest bonus about this character. Even if it wasn't "Glee", if it wasn't a major network its so great to see such a strong gay youth character," he said.

Criss also addressed rumors that he'll be a love interest for the Kurt on the show, played by Chris Colfer.

"I'm more interested in Blaine being a friend and a mentor to Kurt and for the first time having someone in the exact same situation as Kurt," he said. "At this point in the show most of Kurt's friendships are not as easily relatable as Blaine will be, so that's the coolest part. So we'll see what happens from there."

Catch Darren Criss' debut on" Glee", November 9th on FOX.

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