Fuse is celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Asian and Pacific History before our eyes. While many have entered and gained a mega boost of fame from their Glee days, few are making the variety of impact that Darren Criss is today.
Since his days of playing the beloved Blaine Anderson in the Dalton Academy Warblers, Criss has since gone on to conquer a slew of different areas in Hollywood. He's left his mark in the worlds of...and take a deep breath here...music (releasing a solo EP and currently promoting with his '80s-inspired duo Computer Games), Broadway (acting in successful stints with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch), television (appearing in The Flash, Supergirl, and landing a role in the upcoming American Crime Story series), movies (making his feature film debut in Girl Most Likely alongside Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening), and even festival curation (he co-founded the annual Broadway-pop festival Elsie Fest). All the while, Criss has continued to be staunch advocate and ally to the LGBTQ community, being a major supporter to The Trevor Project, and speaking out for organizations like Rock the Vote, UNICEF, and Amnesty International. Got all that?
Furthermore, Criss acts as a shining success story of the underrepresented Asian American community in Hollywood. Along with his brother and Computer Games band mate Chuck, Darren told Fuse about the pride they have from being raised by a Filipino mother. "As you get older and you meet people who have other cultural backgrounds, you start to realize the differences and you either enjoy that difference or maybe it drives you nuts," Darren shares in the video above. "I happen to really enjoy the fact that we're half-Filipino, mainly because it's such a sneak attack. Most people think we're straight-up white kids."
With his projects boasting as much range as his multi-octave voice, there's no doubt that Darren Criss can continue his multifaceted approach to taking over Hollywood and doing so with major pride for his culture and background.
Tune in to Fuse and come back to Fuse.tv everyday for profiles, videos, galleries and more on the individuals around the world who are creating Future Asian and Pacific History. Join the conversation with #FutureHistory and find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Next, watch more with Darren and Chuck Criss talking about their Computer Games duo below: