Darren Criss Is “Certainly Happy” About Glee Friends’ Return

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We like to deliver news to you, dear readers, but you know what’s sometimes more fun? Delivering news to the people whom the news is supposed to be about. Case in point, yesterday, we were all excited about the story that instead of shuffling Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer and other Glee stars off to a spin-off after their characters graduate this season, they’ll be staying on the original show. And it just so happened that Darren Criss (whose character Blaine is still a junior at McKinley High) hadn’t even heard the news until he stopped by the VH1 office for a chat.

“I’m in Broadway Worldlandplace right now,” Criss said by way of explaining his ignorance on such matters while taking over for Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business. “That’s wonderful news [about the seniors staying], because I’m certainly happy to have my friends around longer. I always thought they would stay. Maybe they graduate from school but that doesn’t necessarily mean they leave. Ryan [Murphy] is a sharp cookie, as are the other writers. I am more than confident that they will find a really cool way to make it work in the story.”

We also told Darren about the rumor that Grant Gustin, who plays gay troublemaking Warbler Sebastian, is rumored to be returning to season four as a series regular.

“If there are whisperings of that stuff happening, that’s great,” Darren said. “I really like him a lot and I think his character’s such a great addition to the show and he’s such a talented guy. He’s a good guy too.”

Criss could identify with the uncertainty of Gustin’s status right now. “Grant’s in the same position I was in last year, where people believe what they want to believe and just put things out there. I was not made a regular until well into the summertime. It’s a lot of paperwork.”

In the meantime, Darren says he really doesn’t know what’s happening on the show during his brief hiatus this spring, which may span two episodes instead of the one that was previously reported. “When I get back, I’ll probably miss about two episodes, I’ll get those scripts and see what happens. Who knows what they’re up to? I’m gone so maybe Grant and Chris Colfer’s characters are doing stuff, who knows? But don’t even run with that! I have no idea! I’m gone!”

With reporting by Rae Votta

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