Glee star Kevin McHale has joked that Darren Criss is “something that isn’t gay but still feels gay” – and fans are absolutely obsessed.
Criss, who is straight, played gay heartthrob Blaine Anderson in the musical sensation – and to say that he has a huge queer following would be an understatement.
Naturally, plenty still assume Criss is gay because of how well he played the gay teenager – and McHale, who played Artie, had the perfect joke.
The actor, who unlike Artie is gay (yes, it’s hard to keep up), shared a tweet that said: “What’s something that ISN’T gay but still FEELS gay to you?” alongside a GIF of Criss.
The tweet has racked up more than 40,000 likes since he posted it on Wednesday (November 11), and fans are here for it.
Darren Criss was in on the joke too, simply responding with two GIFs from modern-day queer classic Schitt’s Creek.
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), added her two cents.
Even Glee’s network, Fox, joined in.
The exchange comes just days after Darren Criss marked the 10 year anniversary of his debut on Glee.
The actor first appeared in the season two episode “Never Been Kissed” and quickly became a fan favourite.
In an emotional Instagram post, Criss said Glee had “catapulted” him to “an entirely different level” and gave his acting career the boost he needed.
“People always tell me how Glee changed their life, and I’m always happy to remind them how yeah, it changed mine too,” Criss wrote.
“And how they, and you reading this, are a part of that. So thank you,” he added.
Criss played gay again in 2018’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace as serial killer Andrew Cunanan, but later vowed to never take on a queer role again, acknowledging that LGBT+ actors are better placed to tell their own stories.
“I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” Criss told Bustle in 2018.
“The reason I say that is because getting to play those characters is inherently a wonderful dramatic experience,” he added. “It has made for very, very compelling and interesting people.”