Darren Criss, who is best known for playing out-and-proud Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, has said Michele Bachmann “didn't know what the hell Glee was.”

On January 3, Criss took over the role of ladder-climbing J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying from Daniel Radcliffe. Criss is expected to miss an episode and a half of season three of Glee to fit in the limited three-week engagement.

When men's glossy Details noted, “Considering you play a gay guy on Glee, it's funny that Michele Bachmann wanted a photo with you at this year's Time 100 event,” Criss answered that the Bachmanns, known for their anti-gay rhetoric, were sweet but clueless.

“I never let my politics supersede my manners,” Criss said. “She came up with her husband and they were sweet as can be. She was like, 'My kids love the show. I don't watch it myself, but I'd love it if you could sign these postcards.' It dawned on me that she didn't know what the hell Glee was.”