Darren Criss Has a Message for Fans Who Think His Butt Deserves an Emmy (Exclusive)
By Desiree Murphy
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Darren Criss' portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan on FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story definitely isn't going unnoticed.
While the show has garnered plenty of attention since its January premiere, Criss' glorious, bare backside has been the recent topic of discussion, thanks in part to fans on Twitter and a recent article from TV Guide, titled, "Darren Criss' Magnificent A** in The Assassination of Versace Deserves Its Own Emmy." So when we caught up with the 31-year-old actor at the Versace FYC Event held at theDGA Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, we obviously had to get his reaction!
"Well, that's maybe the one thing we should campaign for," he joked to ET's Brice Sander. "Having [butts be] its own category."
Although he's totally game for awards shows to add a 'Best Butt' category to their nominations lists, Criss thinks he would lose to other notoriously more ripped TV actors.
"I don't know. I've watched Game of Thrones," he said. "I feel like I've got some stiff competition. Lots of rock hard competition."
All jokes aside, however, he said a nomination for his portrayal of Cunanan in the series would "be nice."
"I think those things are less about the performance and more about the moment that is created around it," he explained. "If that was to happen, it would be very heartening for the work as a whole, I think for all the time and effort put in by everybody."
"We put a lot of love and care into this," he continued. "So, if that resonated with certain arbiters of taste and accolades, then that would be very encouraging and validating for our hard work."
When Criss isn't busy with his acting work, he likes to have a little fun, which we witnessed over the weekend when he was joined onstage by *NSYNC's JC Chasez during his St Patrick’s Day '90s party at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. The two performed plenty of classic boy band hits, like "Tearin’ Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back."
"I threw a fun little St. Paddy's Day party and I got some friends together and we played some music, and we had a lot of really fun guests," Criss told ET of how it all came together. "We've thrown a couple of them, they're always very DL, no social media. But when I found out who was going to be singing with us, I was like, 'YEP! Get your phones out, this is the coolest thing ever!'"
"JC was so kind to us, but there was a bit of a backstory," Criss added. "It's around the 20-year anniversary of that first album that *NSYNC put out, so there was kind of a '90s theme to our party. We were celebrating a great '90s record, a great '90s artist and JC's amazing voice."
Criss continued on, telling us he still can't believe that Chasez said yes to the idea.
"I was trying to be nice and have him sing something else," he recalled, "because I didn't want to put him in a corner and he was like, 'No, I'd rather do something I know the words to,' and I was like, 'Fine! I'd be very happy and you'd make a lot of people at this party very happy.' So, that was very cool."
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story finale airs Wednesday on FX. In the meantime, watch the video below to see highlights from Criss' collaboration with Chasez!