Love it or hate it, we can all agree that ‘Glee’ is responsible for giving us at least one amazing gift: Darren Criss. Seriously, have you stopped to take a look at this guy? ‘Glee’ is a thing that still exists for some reason, and while your little sister or your mom or your closeted uncle still watch it, there’s just not much about that show that’s appealing (anymore, anyway). Except for Darren Criss. That show can keep on keeping on as long as they’ve got this dude around. On ‘Glee,’ Criss plays openly gay high school student and amazing singer Blaine — have you heard his cover of Katy Perry‘s ‘Teenage Dream’? It’s a real panty-dropper. (We mean that almost literally, because unlike his on-screen alter-ego, Darren plays for Team Hetero in real life.) Criss’ talents go all the way back to his childhood. He began playing violin at the age of five, and by the time he was 10 he was accepted into the American Conservatory Theater. He spent all of his formative years studying acting, singing, and other performing arts, making him a total pro. He’ll make his big screen debut this year with comedy goddess Kristen Wiig in ‘Girl Most Likely,’ in which he gets to have a very saucy affair with the former ‘SNL‘ star and one of our favorite imaginary BFFs. And aside from acting and singing and basically taking over the world, Criss is super into charity — he’s an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, he’s a member of UNICEF, and he supports The Trevor Project. This guy really can do it all.