- Darren Criss won as Best Actor at the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards.
- He revered his Mom from Cebu to whom he credits most of his successes.
- Criss is the son of a native Cebuana mother and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania father.
In the recently concluded 78th Golden Globe Awards, held on Saturday, January 6 (Sunday, January 7, Philippine time) the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, American actor-singer-songwriter Darren Criss received his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for television; and he acknowledged and revered his Filipino mom.
During his acceptance speech, he said: “As we’ve seen, this has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny, tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this.
“Mom, I know you’re watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. This is totally awesome”
Criss’s effective portrayal of an American spree killer Andrew Cunanan who murdered at least five people, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin. The film is based on the fashion designer titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
In the mainstream entertainment circle, he was best known for his role of Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Initially he appeared as the lead vocalist of Glee’s Dalton Academy Warblers. While in Broadway, he starred in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Also, the 31-year-old actor began his solo music career while attending the University of Michigan. Playing in small venues, he developed his own musical repertoire which today consists of standards from the Great American Songbook, contemporary songs, Disney songs, and his own compositions.