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Ryan Murphy confirms Darren Criss, who plays new gay character on “Glee,” is now a series regular

Glee creator Ryan Murphy was at Saturday night’s LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala to participate in presenting Jane Lynch with an award.

He also talked to AfterElton.com about some of this season’s developments and, in particular, new cast member Darren Criss who Murphy confirmed is now a regular at least for this season and next.

Here are some excerpts from his conversation with Lesley Goldberg:

AfterElton: How many episodes is the anti-bullying story line going to be?
Ryan Murphy:
I think it’s a whole year, actually. It’s not a couple episodes; it will probably be the whole season, actually, and the ramifications on everybody, which I think is important.

AE: How is Blaine going to play into that?
Murphy:
I don’t know. We’re just writing him now. Darren has become such a sensation in one week, which I love. I think there’s a hunger for him and a positive relationship role model. He’ll definitely continue through the year and longer. We just signed a deal with him, so I don’t know.

AE: He’s confirmed to be a regular for the remainder of Season 2 and next season as well?
Murphy:
Yes.

AE: Is Blaine going to be Kurt’s boyfriend?
Murphy:
I don’t know. That I have not decided. We’re writing it. I want to see what people’s reaction to that is. Part of me thinks he should be the boyfriend, part of me thinks he should just be the mentor. I didn’t want to decide that until we got into sort of the middle of the season. We’re figuring it out now.

AE: If he doesn’t wind up becoming Kurt’s boyfriend, are we going to see Kurt have a boyfriend?
Murphy:
Kurt will definitely get a boyfriend. The question is who will it be and how will it be.

AE: What was it about Darren Criss that initially appealed to you?
Murphy:
He had auditioned and auditioned many, many times and I personally never saw his auditions. Then when we were casting, the casting director said, “You gave us many choices.” As soon as Darren came on and [I saw] his audition, I was like, “That’s the guy.”

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  1. Thanks for the link love, Greg!

  2. Pity that no one thought to ask how they feel about being employees of hate-master Rupert Murdock. How much of Fox’s profits are sent to the G&L Center or fighting bullying?

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