'Glee's' Darren Criss could help Kurt, other gay youths

Zap2it, Monday, October 18, 2010, 10:03am (PDT)

Don't worry, Kurt, it gets better.On "Glee," the new gay character Blaine, played by Darren Criss, will help Kurt (Chris Colfer) deal with being out when they meet for the first time on the Nov. 9 episode, according to EW."I think Blaine's most important role is ... as a mentor to Kurt," says Criss. "At this point, Kurt's [sexuality] has been such a sense of discord in his life. Blaine finds [being gay] empowering. He embraces who he is, and sees Kurt [struggling with] the same things that he had to deal with, and I think he wants to impart that knowledge."Criss also hopes that Blaine won't just help Kurt, but others who might be struggling. There's been a rash of gay youths who've committed suicide lately, which has prompted celebrities to release video campaigns like this "It Gets Better" one by Adam Lambert.In the episode, Kurt considers transferring to Dalton Academy where he crosses paths with Blaine, a rival glee club singer. At this point, many are assuming that it's not Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) who's Kurt's upcoming love interest, but Blaine."My guess is as good as anybody's. It's a really big secret," says Criss. Criss' only TV credit is a tiny stint on the short-lived "Eastwick." As Zap2it previously reported, he was also the star and creative force behind "A Very Potter Musical." Follow Zap2it and Zap2itHanh on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest movies, TV and celeb news.Photo credit: Rebecca Sanabria

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