Darren Criss plays deranged murderer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”, but despite the show’s dark subject matter he revealed there were plenty of lighthearted moments on the set.
During a chat with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night, the former “Glee” star admitted he was in awe of his star-studded cast, which includes Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and singer Ricky Martin as the slain fashion designer’s longtime lover, Antonio D’Amico.
“But the fun part, truly, if I have to just be a big stargazer, is I got to do this show with this insane-o cast of huge superstars,” Criss told Kimmel. “So you have Latin royalty, and then the half-Filipino kid,” he said of himself.
Criss told Kimmel that he “made sure” to hang out with his co-stars offscreen, because “for plot reasons — and you can do the math — I don’t actually spend a lot of time with their characters at all onscreen.”
In fact, Criss explained that Martin invited the cast over to his home “several times” — and revealed that the “She Bangs” singer sure knows how to throw a party.
“I’m sort of the Pied Piper of karaoke in singalong situations,” said Criss. “I usually don’t bring booze, I usually don’t bring food, but I’ll bring a guitar and we’ll have a singalong, so that was my contribution. One of my favourite memories of shooting the show is we’re at Ricky Martin’s house, which is already a place-setter of like, ‘Whoa, this is wacky.’ And I’m sitting there next to his five or six Grammys, and what Ricky thought would be nice as a host was he got pedicures for people.”
Continued Criss: “So I’m playing guitar — I’m playing ‘Let It Go’ and Penelope is singing that song, then I start playing one of Ricky Martin’s songs and Edgar Ramirez is singing it to me, he’s singing it to Ricky, we’re sitting next to his Grammys — and all the while, they’re getting pedicures. And I’m like … ‘How did this all happen?’”
“You’re now both livin’ la vida loca,” quipped Kimmel.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” premieres on Wednesday, January 17.