Glee's Darren Criss: Teenage Dream
updated 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It's that fun-filled attitude, combined with an irresistible voice, that's turned the San Francisco native into an overnight sensation as dreamy gay teen Blaine. Two years after his failed Glee tryout for Finn, it took two more auditions (and a haircut to chop off his "surfer-bum hair") before Criss landed the role of Blaine. Straight in real life-"In an ideal world, it wouldn't matter. But I figure being up-front is more empowering to both the gay and straight communities," he says-Criss has now earned millions of fans. Not that he'll let the adulation go to his head. "Everything is just so darn surreal," he says. "I just hope they don't get sick of me!"