Published: Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Fil-Am Darren Criss Wins Emmy for ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

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Darren Criss accepting his Emmy Award. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Filipino-American actor Darren Criss just made history at the Emmys. Criss became the first Fil-Am actor to win an Emmy award (and the second Asian-American) after he was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’.

“You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far,” Darren Criss said in his speech as he accepted his Emmy for portraying another Filipino-American – Andrew Cunanan, who killed Gianni Versace.

“I’m so very privileged to be in this room amongst so many people that inspire the living crap out of me and I’m so honored to be nominated, a lot of you guys I have been a fan of for such a long time,” Criss added.

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“Actors are really only as good as the moments they are given and moments they are granted and so I am so profoundly indebted to my friend Ryan Murphy for entrusting me with this opportunity of a lifetime and for believing in me.”

Darren Criss started acting in theater in 1997 but it was not until 2009, in his break-out role in Glee, the he made his mark. Criss portrayed Blaine Anderson and was best-known for his cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’.

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