''Teenage Dream'' is smashing sales records thanks to the ''A Very Potter Musical'' star's infinite charm

By Tanner Stransky
Updated November 19, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Darren Criss has appeared in only two episodes of Glee, but his character, Blaine — an out gay student who befriends Chris Colfer’s Kurt — is already a fan favorite. So it’s even harder to fathom that he originally auditioned for the role of überjock Finn (a part now played by Cory Monteith). ”Before my senior year [at the University of Michigan], that was one of the things I went out for,” says Criss, 23. ”I’m so thankful I didn’t get it, because I wouldn’t have graduated.” And Criss wouldn’t have gotten to cover Katy Perry’s ”Teenage Dream” in the Nov. 9 episode, a rendition that has become Glee‘s fastest-selling single yet, moving 55,000 copies in its first day. But Criss is more proud of what the courageous gay character means to the show’s viewers. ”What Blaine can stand for is much more significant than me finally having a steady job,” says Criss. (Producers are still deciding whether to make him a series regular.) ”I’m just the lucky bastard who gets to put on his mask for a little bit.”

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