Glee newcomer Darren Criss says he was “inadvertently raised in the gay community.”

Criss' character Blaine, an out and proud student from a rival glee club named the Dalton Academy Warblers, premiered Tuesday on the Fox musical-comedy.

His inaugural performance of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream has earned him high praise from fans. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The initial buzz on Blaine was that he was set to woo gay McKinley High student Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer. But Tuesday's episode, suggestively titled Never Been Kissed, presented Blaine as more of a mentor than a love interest for Kurt.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, the 23-year-old Criss described his character as “very Tom Ford-ish.”

“Blaine is a very, very, very cool cool guy,” he said. “He's experienced many of the same trials and tribulations that Kurt has. When we meet him, Blaine sees a lot of himself in Kurt, in terms of experiences and the way they feel about the world around them.”

The San Francisco native added that he feels as if he was raised by the gay community.
“I was inadvertently raised by the 'gay community,'” the openly straight actor said. “I had straight parents, but I spent massive amounts of time at a very early age with gay, theater-hopeful thirty-somethings.”