Darren Criss is a protean actor who has had his impact felt on almost all faculties of the entertainment industry; ranging from acting to singing and then songwriting. He is popularly known for his striking depiction of Blaine Anderson on Fox musical series, Glee. Criss is also famous for his remarkable role in the TV series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story which earned him a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award.
More so, Darren Criss has gained wide attention as a result of his personal life, having perfectly shut off his gay rumors by marrying his longtime girlfriend. The versatile music artist is gradually becoming a force to reckon with in the entertainment world and has thus far established a thriving career that cuts across theatre, film, TV, and music.
Darren Criss Is A Multi-talented Musician
Darren Criss, who has always been inclined to music, started to learn how to play musical instruments, especially violin at the age of five. He mastered the violin after being classically trained for fifteen years and he also trained himself on the use of other instruments such as harmonica, guitar, mandolin, and piano.
The multi-talented performer began to learn how to compose music at the age of fifteen and penned down his first song which he later made the title track of his debut Extended Play titled, ‘Human’ in 2009. Following his appearance on Glee as the lead songster of its Dalton Academy Warblers, a fictional acapella glee club, his first number which is a cover of Katy Perry’s song, ‘Teenage Dream’ became an instant hit. It peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later became RIAA certified gold. Their soundtrack album likewise attained the number 2 spot on the US Billboard 200.
His Involvement In The Duo Band, Computer Games
Darren Criss formed an indie-pop band named, Computer Games with his brother, Chuck Criss in early 2017 and dropped their debut album, ‘Lost Boys Life EP’ with four songs in March 2017. Their lead track, ‘Every Single Night’ peaked at number 2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles. Criss followed it up with the release of a five-track solo Extended Play titled, ‘Homework’ in December 2017.
It debuted at number 1 and number 7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart respectively.
Darren Criss Has Featured In Many Stage Works
While he made waves in the music field, Criss also ventured into acting and enrolled at the American Conservatory Theatre where he was trained in theatre performance. After high school, he proceeded to the University of Michigan where he studied Theatre Productions. Darren Criss made his stage debut professionally in 1997 when he appeared in the play, Fanny, a 42nd Street Moon production.
He went on to appear in a plethora of stage plays including A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Pride and Prejudice. The multi-faceted actor debuted on Broadway in January 2012, when he replaced Daniel Radcliffe in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the remake of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the AI Hirschfeld Theatre.
His Outstanding Film and TV Roles
Darren Criss scored his first acting role as Josh in the 2005 short drama, I Adora You. He made his TV debut four years later when he played the role of Josh Burton in five episodes of the series, Eastwick. His acting career really took off when he starred in the musical drama TV series Glee which shot him to prominence.
Criss made his motion picture debut as Lee in the 2012 Michelle Morgan’s comedy film, Girl Most Likely. His striking portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in the TV series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was critically acclaimed. In addition, the gifted entertainer has lent his voice in several films, TV series, and video games including Dead or Alive Dimensions (2011), Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2014-2017), Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019), and Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020).
His fantastic acting skills have fetched him numerous accolades including Gold Derby Award.
How Much Is He Worth?
With the way things are going for the talented actor, Darren Criss can bank on his versatility for greater achievements in the industry. He has a net worth estimated at $3.5 million which is attributed to his successful endeavors in the past years, as he also has some investments which equally add to his income.
The singer and actor is a partner and an investor at The Motley, a California-based men’s grooming e-tailer.
Darren Criss Co-founded a Musical Theatre Company
After his graduation from the University of Michigan, Criss alongside his friends founded Starkid Productions, a musical theatre company that is widely known for its musical comedy A Very Potter Musical, based on the Harry Potter series.
Their 2011 musical, Starship which he wrote the lyrics of the music received a positive critical reception as it won the Best New Work Award in the 2011 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards. So far, their production company has produced many critically successful musicals including Me and My Dick, The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, and Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.
The songwriter also co-founded Elsie Fest, a music event where Broadway and pop music acts are featured. He continues to rise in the industry and will in the nearest future, look back at his struggles with a smiling face.
Darren Criss Is Married To His Longtime Sweetheart
The multi-award-winning actor got acquainted with his now-wife, Mia Swier, an American writer, producer, director, singer, and bassist, through mutual friends in 2006. They began to date four years later and got engaged in January 2018. Darren Criss announced their engagement on his social media handle and revealed that they had been together for seven and a half years at the time.
The lovebirds sealed their love with a nuptial bond in the presence of their friends and family at the New Orleans Museum of Arts’ sculpture garden on February 16th, 2019.
The Couple Had An Indelible Four-day Wedding Ceremony
Darren and Mia kicked off their four-day wedding celebration on Valentine’s day (2019) with a 1980s prom night at the comedy show hotspot, One Eyed Jacks. The two along with their friends went on a swamp tour excursion to the bayou on the following day (Friday) and crowned it at night with a rehearsal dinner that was hosted by the couple at Sylvain.
The wedding day began on a high note with a photoshoot at Ace Hotel, New Orleans and the duo drove off to the Museum of Arts in a friend’s vintage red Rolls-Royce convertible for the exchange of marital vows. Furthermore, the ceremony featured a plethora of songs, poems, stories from the couple and their friends, as well as a Live night concert that was held till dawn.
It was, indeed, a joy to behold and musical extravaganza like no other. At the time of this writing, Criss and Mia are yet to welcome a child.
True Facts About The Glee Actor’s Sexuality
Criss’ personal life always finds its way to the news given the actor’s controversial characters on-screen. His sexuality, for instance, has been a topic of discussion on various platforms especially because of the gay roles he plays on TV productions. It can be recalled that on Glee, Criss played the homosexual role of the love interest of Kurt Hummel played by Chris Colfer who is openly gay.
This among other gay attributes led to speculations about the sexuality of the Glee breakout star. But the actor is not the type who leaves his fans wallowing in oblivion and assumptions. Darren Criss has confirmed his sexual orientation as straight.
He is a Supporter Of LGBT Community
Interestingly, Darren Criss heterosexual orientation doesn’t stop him from advocating for the LGBT community. The actor widens his embrace to everyone irrespective of their sexual choices. This may be due to the fact that Darren spent his childhood with people of different sexual orientation, causing him to warm up to them.
But regardless of the possible reasons, Criss is proudly straight and also supports the LGBT.