Darren Criss on Glee Character: An "Out and Proud" Student

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When Glee returns with a new episode on November 9, viewers will meet Darren Criss. The actor debuts that week as Blaine, a student at a rival high school who will serve as a mentor to Kurt.

Of course, the world wants to know: will he also be a boyfriend to the lonely young Mr. Hummel?

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In a new interview with E! News, Criss says he isn't being coy when he says he truly doesn't know the answer to that question. But he's very excited to talk about Blaine in general. Here's how the actor describes the character:

He's kind of an out-and-proud student... I really hope he ends up being a really positive role model and source of strength for a lot of people, gay or straight - for any teen, really.

[Blaine's] a guy that [has] seen some hardship and where we meet him he's a very strong, collected guy, and he's really analyzed the things that have happened to him and has defined himself because of those things and a lot of the struggle that other characters go through, he's found a way to empower himself through that. Having a character like that show up where we are in the show and where we are in our society is pretty cool.

Criss also confirms the student will sing and dance often, while admitting there's no set number of episodes in which he'll appear. Check out the full interview now:

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Glee Quotes

We met right here. I took this man's hand and we ran down that hallway. Those of you who know me know I'm not in the habit of taking the hands of people I've never met before, but I think that my soul knew something that my body and my mind didn't know yet. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other, fearlessly and forever. Which is why it's never really felt like I've been getting to know you. It's always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived we've chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I've ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, will you marry me?

Blaine

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.

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