Singer and actor Darren Criss, who plays Blaine in the hit TV show “Glee," said that the show has become such a huge success because it is a perfect fit with the iPod generation.
In a recent interview, he explained that “Glee” would not have worked years ago because of how production has changed and “quick production and quick turnaround” are now possible.
The half Filipino, half Irish star believes the ever changing genres of music featured in the show are targeted directly to the “Glee” audience.
He explained: “We can all define ourselves by playlists … We no longer have to have a record collection ... You can have on a playlist Barbra Streisand, Tupac, Katy Perry, Disturbed. That might be a little strange, but it’s completely possible, completely viable.”
He said “[Glee] is exposing all the stuff that some of us might take for granted.”
Despite its success Criss admitted that he wasn’t shocked when the show took off over a year ago. “The cool thing about Glee is that — you know, a lot of people are like, ‘Wow, who would’ve thought that a show with music and dancing and onscreen singing would be as popular as it is.’ And to me, it’s obvious. I’m like, ‘Of course!,’”
He continued “The very entertainment industry was founded upon music on screen and entertainment at its absolute peak. The first film of all time Al Jolson’s playing music and everybody’s watching this happen, and jazz singers, the hallmark of early film. That’s basically what we’re doing now…We’re harkening back to an era that was so revered, and so enjoyed.
“We’ve always gone to the movies for that feeling of magic and that certain something that makes us fall in with the movies.”