Hollywood insiders have on multiple occasions described the inner dealings of the industry as that of a dog eat dog world. This means that there is so much competition by people who only aim to please themselves and nobody else. That, however, can not certainly be used to describe actor Darren Criss, who announced that he would not be taking up any more gay roles in order to give gay people an opportunity to make a living by playing a role that they live.
Criss’ announcement that he would not take up such roles anymore might appear to not mean much until you find out that it was through these roles that he was able to make a name for himself and even become an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor. The University of Michigan graduate, who was born on the 5th of February, 1987, in San Francisco, California, is best known for appearing in Glee (2010-2015), where both his acting and singing talents earned him international fame. Join us as we take a look into the life of the actor, his earnings, relationship history, and sexual preference, among other things.
Darren Criss is estimated to have a net worth of $3.5 million, a figure that is projected to massively rise in the coming years, thanks to his exploits in business. It is believed that Criss, who is a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree holder in Theater Performance, was able to make bank through the wages he has earned from his acting and singing career. He has since re-invested these earnings in a number of companies, such as the theater company StarKid Productions, the California-based men’s grooming e-tailer The Motley, and the piano bar Stamp Tramp Granny, among many others.
Is Darren Criss Gay?
Following his portrayal of the openly gay characters; Blaine Anderson on Glee (2010-2015) and Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018), a few publications have speculated that Darren Criss could indeed be a member of the gay community. The rumors were further fueled by his support and advocacy work for LGBT rights group, The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
All of the speculations have since proven to be false as the actor, who was awarded Variety’s Power of Youth Philanthropy award for his contributions to The Trevor Project, has been in a long term relationship with a member of the opposite sex, as will be explained further below.
Who is The Wife, Girlfriend or Fiance?
Darren Criss has not quite yet taken the bold step of exchanging marital vows with his longtime girlfriend, Mia Swier, however, the two lovebirds have plans of doing so in the near future as they got engaged in January 2018 following a seven and a half years long relationship.
Just like Criss, Swier works in the film industry, although unlike her man, she is involved with the behind the scenes aspects of show business. She is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Media Studies and Television Production. After leaving school, she found work as a director, producer, and writer of promotional content for networks like NBC, ABC, and Showtime, among others. She then worked on shows like Dexter, Shameless, and Glee, where her man caught his big break. Mia Swier has since gone ahead to co-found her own film production company called Effin Media in 2009 through which she has written and directed some content.
Darren Criss is the youngest child of his parents; Cerina Bru and Charles William Criss. It is not clear what his mother, Cerina, does for a living, but his father, Charles, on the other hand, works as an investment banker and is a well-known patron of the arts. harles William Criss famously served as the Chairman and CEO of EastWest Bank, which he started in Honolulu, Hawaii in the last 80s.
Through his parents, Criss is of mixed European and Asian ancestry. His mother is from Cebu, Philipines, while his father, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is of English, German, and Irish descent.