Glee star Darren Criss: “I know who I am”

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In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Glee star Darren Criss discussed LGBT issues and how fans question his sexuality after playing a prominent gay character.

“I know who I am. I feel bad for guys who have to flex their muscles,” Criss said during the interview. “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. I’m okay with your getting a Miata to feel like a dude; just don’t be a dick about it.”

Criss rose to stardom after playing Blaine Anderson, a gay teenager on the show Glee after covering Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” His character has become vital to show as Blaine dates Kurt Hummel, one of the show’s main characters, as well as tackling several important LGBT issues like gay sex, teen suicide, religion and marriage equality.

Criss has been an avid LGBT supporter after singing a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with DOMA-inspired lyrics at the GLAAD Media Awards. Earlier this year, Criss received a letter from a mother thanking him for allowing her son to meet “his crush.”

Also, during the interview with Cosmopolitan, Criss talks about the craziest encounter he’s had with a “Gleek gone wild.”

“A guy licked my face—straight up grabbed my head and licked my face,” Criss confessed.

Glee returns to Fox on September 26.

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