Glee’s hottest new actor, Darren Criss has been awarded the 2010 Greggy Award for his portrayal of the openly gay student Blaine, on Fox’s musical drama series.
The annual award is presented by the gay entertainment website GreginHollywood.com.
It's so exciting when someone you have never heard of just bursts onto the scene and dazzles us with their talent and personality," Greg Hernandez, the Hollywood correspondent wrote in a blog post announcing the winner.
"That is what happened this fall when Darren Criss debuted on Glee as Blaine, a member of a rival high school singing group who is openly gay and befriends Kurt (Chris Colfer)."
The 23-year-old said he is honored to play the role of gay student Blaine and is not worried about being typecast.
Blaine "makes such a great addition to the many-colored palette that is Glee. So as far as me having any reservations about it, no," Criss told Interview magazine. "I read it being like, this would be so cool, whoever gets to play this, it's going to be a great thing for an already great show."
The San Francisco native thinks his character can have a positive influence.
"Of course, being gay really is an important part of who he is. … It's a really positive thing, and I feel very privileged to be the vessel for that, and I hope it speaks to a lot of people who struggle to find a model for who they are and where they fit in."