For former Glee star Darren Criss, the only thing to be gleeful about while tackling his latest role was getting what the actor describes as "the role of a lifetime." In FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the latest installment of the hit Ryan Murphy limited series franchise, Criss not only portrays spree-killer Andrew Cunanan, the man responsible for the brutal slaying of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace and several other men, he embodies him. It was a challenge Criss relished and with which he wanted to take great care. "I think the actor's job is to find the empathy in anybody [he is playing]," Criss (pictured above and below) told MediaVillage in a recent interview. "I don't care if it's a football player or a scientist or in this case a ‘serial killer.’ You have to take into account not only the worst moments but the best moments and find as many common denominators between you and that person as possible.
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