Darren Criss, School of Music, Theatre & Dance graduate and actor, became the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe award Sunday at the 76th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.

Criss received the award for best actor in a limited series or TV movie for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” in which he portrayed Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer who murdered Gianni Versace and four others.

Criss has always been proud of his Filipino heritage, and credited the award to his mother who grew up in Cebu, Philippines.

“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming into this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this,” Criss said. “Mom, I know you’re watching this.”

Criss also played Blaine Anderson in Glee. He performed at the inaugural balls of the 57th Presidential Inauguration and released an independently-produced EP in 2010.




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