Cosmopolitan magazine has named Glee's Darren Criss as their "Cosmo Guy" for October and we can see why. In the interview, he was entirely open about life on the Glee set after the death of co-star Cory Monteith. He didn't let that turn the entire interview sour, however. He also gave insight on what it's like to be a straight man playing a gay character and his weird run-in with a Gleek.
Much like he mentioned on his recent visit with Conan O'Brien, Criss said the cast and crew of Glee are working together at "picking up the pieces."
"Cory loved life and wanted his friends to be happy, so it’s only right that we try and start to smile again," Criss told Cosmo. "I am just so happy that he got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him."
Monteith had remained open about his struggle with drugs and alcohol, never hiding his addictions from his fans. Instead, he hoped they'd learn from his fault. Sadly, those struggles ultimately took his life. While we're sure it's not all smiles (and it will be specially hard when Glee finally plays out Finn's exit from the show), each of the cast members have remained upbeat for their fans.
Keeping positive is the key to life and Criss seems to be the poster boy for that attitude. While many straight actors might shy away from playing a gay character, Criss has tackled it with that never-ceasing smile and remains adamant that he never worries about what people might think.
"I know who I am," Criss said. "I feel bad for guys who have to flex their muscles. But hey, if that’s the way to make yourself feel comfortable as a man — as long as it isn’t antagonizing anybody — go for it."
Criss has moments where he probably feels uncomfortable about other aspects of his new life as a celebrity, though. Like, maybe when attacked by a Gleek?
“A guy licked my face — straight up grabbed my head and licked my face," He told Cosmo. Gross!
You can read more of the interview on Cosmo's website or pick up the issue when it hits stands Sept.10.
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