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Darren Criss Made Out with a Gay Porn Star & Didn’t Know Until After the Fact

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Darren Criss is an all-inclusize man. Although he identifies as a straight male, the 30-year-old actor portrayed a gay guy on Glee for nearly five years. “I think it’s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character. Ultimately, that’s more powerful for both communities,” he told Out magazine back in 2011.

The year Glee reached its end, the boundary-pusher signed on to be the lead on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as an East German genderqueer singer. Though some claimed that one of the raven-haired heartthrob’s performances came off as transphobic, after a comment directed toward Caitlyn Jenner (which Darren has since apologized for), many praised the A Very Potter Musical star’s stint.

But did you know that during the height of his reign, things got hot and heavy between him and a gay porn star?? And a popular one, no less. We kid you not, he said so himself Conan! “For the most part, if you’re familiar with the show, it’s a very rambunctious crew with a large following and people know what they’re getting into when they come to the show,” he explained of ~kissing~ audience members, “so I would tend to pick the people who didn’t know what was going on for myself and everybody else watching the show, so I would try to target the most conservative-looking straight boys because that’s just more fun.”

“So, one night, I remember going for this one dude,” he continued. “After the show, this guy, who I basically roughed up quite a bit […] The guy had lipstick and glitter all over him and, afterwards, he came backstage with somebody who knew somebody from the show and he was a good sport about it and he seemed genteel and ho-hum. Like, ‘Gee, that was crazy.'”

The kicker: “On the way out, me being pleased with myself for giving a rollicking good time to a conservative young man, a couple comes in afterwards and they go, ‘Do you know who that was?’ I was like, ‘No.’ ‘That’s our favorite gay porn star!’

“This guy has clearly seen much more than I ever have,” Darren concluded. (FYI, the GPS’ name is Levi Michaels.)
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