“I’m half Filipino,” admits Darren Criss’ character in new Netflix series “Hollywood”

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Darren Criss plays the role of Filipino-American film director Raymond Ainsley in “Hollywood”. Photo from Darren Criss Instagram.

Darren Criss is once again championing his Filipino heritage in his new role on the Netflix drama series, “Hollywood”, that premiered in May 2020.

Criss, the first Filipino-American to win the Emmy top prize for Best Actor, is playing the character of Raymond Ainsley in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix period drama set in post-World War II Hollywood.

The 4-time Best Actor winner (Emmy, Golden Globes, Critics Choice, Screen Actors Guild Awards for the same role) whose mother is from Cebu in the Philippines plays an ambitious film director among a group of ambitious aspiring actors and filmmakers who will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true as they face unfair systems and biases across race, gender, and sexuality.

Darren Criss who has displayed his Filipino heritage and championed representation in Hollywood in his award acceptance speeches for his role in the 2019 film, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” where he also worked with Ryan Murphy, had his new “Hollywood” character confessing “I’m half Filipino” after being mistaken to be a white American.

Darren’s Raymond mirrors his real-life aspiration as the half-Filipino character aims to expand the scope of storylines in Hollywood films through his movie, “Peg”.

Darren Criss is joined in the cast by Jeremy Pope, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone, Dylan McDermott, Mira Sorvino, Queen Latifah, Jim Parsons, Michelle Krusiec (as Anna May Wong), David Corenswet, Laura Harrier, Samara Weaving, Holland Taylor, Jake Picking (as Rock Hudson), and Rob Reiner.

“Hollywood” runs for 8 episodes on Netflix.

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