Darren Criss: ‘Glee’ Was Made for the iPod Generation

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VIDEO: The show “is exposing all the [music] that some of us might take for granted,” the singer-actor says.

Who knew Darren Criss was a soothsayer?

The singer-actor, who currently appears on Glee and recently ASCAP's 400,000th member, talked about the Fox staple and why he wasn’t surprised the show found success, but not before discussing the show’s effect on “the iPod generation.” (See the full interview below.)

Criss said that Glee would not have been effective as a TV series if it was greenlit several years ago because of the things that could be down now with “quick production and [a] quick turnaround.”

But the different genres that the show features for its song selection in its episodes is appropriate to Glee’s target audience, Criss believes.

“We can all define ourselves by playlists,” Criss said. “We no longer have to have a record collection ... You can have on a playlist Barbra Streisand, Tupac, Katy Perry, Disturbed. That might be a little strange, but it’s completely possible, completely viable.”

He added: “[Glee] is exposing all the stuff that some of us might take for granted.”

Criss revealed that he wasn't shocked when the show took off more than a year ago.

“The cool thing about Glee is that — you know, a lot of people are like, ‘Wow, who would’ve thought that a show with music and dancing and onscreen singing would be as popular as it is.’ And to me, it’s obvious. I’m like, ‘Of course!,’ “ Criss said.

He said that the musical dramedy is reminiscent of the old days, when musical performances were as crucial as anything else onscreen.

“The very entertainment industry was founded upon music on screen and entertainment at its absolute peak. The first film of all time Al Jolson’s playing music and everybody’s watching this happen, and jazz singers, the hallmark of early film. That’s basically what we’re doing now,” he said. “We’re harkening back to an era that was so revered, and so enjoyed.”

“We’ve always gone to the movies for that feeling of magic and that certain something that makes us fall in with the movies,” Criss explained.