Criss gets his looks from his Filipino, Chinese, German, Northern Irish, and Spanish ancestry, according to IMDb. He’s an actor and singer with a vibrant theater career. He’s the co-founder of Elsie Fest, Broadway’s outdoor music festival, and the writer responsible for all the songs in Team StarKid’s Chicago-based “A Very Potter Musical” (he also co-founded StarKid Productions). Oh, and he’s in a band.
You may have seen him on TV, as when he played Music Meister in “The Flash”-“Supergirl” musical crossover. On “Glee,” he played Blaine Anderson — and wrote a song for the “Glee” finale that earned him his first Emmy nod. He also starred in “American Crime Story” as Versace killer Andrew Cunanan, a role that won him an Emmy for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in 2018. According to the Angry Asian Man blog, his win made him the second Asian-American actor to win any acting category and the first Filipino-American to win an Emmy. So, he definitely isn’t just a pretty face — he’s got award nominations to prove his acting chops and his songwriting ability. Swoon.
Those aren’t the only awards he’s won, either. His work for the Trevor Project, providing mental health support for young LGBTQ kids, earned him Variety’s Power of Youth award in 2011, and he’s an active philanthropist who has done benefits for organizations like Amnesty International and helped launch Rock the Vote’s Democracy Day. Yeah, he’s a stand-up guy. And in case you were wondering, he’s married as of 2019 to Mia Swier. They’re wedding was an event Vogue called “a musical extravaganza.”