Darren Criss on playing Andrew Cunanan in ‘Versace:’ He wanted to be loved

Darren Criss attends Voices for The Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids at the St. James Theatre on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)AP

Stepping into a serial killer’s shoes was tricky for Darren Criss.

The former “Glee” star leads the pack in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story” Wednesday  nights on FX. Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the drifter who murdered Versace as well as at least five others in a spree that lasted until his suicide in Miami Beach July 23, 1997.

Esquire.com features an interview with the TV star, in which he talks about the intensity of the role as well as what it was like to work with creator Ryan Murphy, as well as his own off set popularity (the actor/singer has 2.2 million followers on Twitter).

On channeling Cunanan: “There are a lot of similarities between us that I like to remind myself and other people of. What it is to want what you can’t have; that I get. Who doesn’t know what it’s like to feel unloved, or want to rise above your station, or just on a very simple level be liked?”

On working on another Ryan Murphy project: “I had never actually worked with Ryan before [Versace]. By the time I joined Glee, he had moved onto other things. One time somebody was sick and he came on for one scene, and it was the most I’d ever worked with him. We’ve always been very friendly, and had a lot of fun nights out together in Hollywood, but there’s a dissociation between the creative power that is Ryan, and the guy I see at parties. This was the first time I really got to be creative and be a part of that process, and see him build something from the start.”

2 days. #ACSVersace

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 On his loyal fan base: “What’s interesting about having fired off in the advent of social media is that fans have really had the inside track on this journey. It’s cool to watch some of these kids grow up. There’s people who I meet, young people who are now in the workforce who say to me ‘I just want you to know when I was 16 I watched your show and it really meant a lot to me’. It can’t help but give you pause, because that’s so much bigger than me or the show. I’m a part of your life? What an honor. But I’m also well aware of the idea that all this is fleeting. I’m waiting to wake up one morning and not see some of the same faces that I’ve been seeing for the past eight years at these events.”

4 days. #ACSVersace

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