Darren Criss dedicates Golden Globes win to Filipino mom

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2019 12:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2019 12:32 PM

Darren Criss accepts his award at the 76th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Reuters

Darren Criss bagged a Golden Globes on Sunday (Monday in Manila) for his performance in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

Criss was named best actor in a limited series or TV movie for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer who murdered five men, including famous fashion designer Gianni Versace, in 1997.

Speaking onstage while holding out his trophy, Criss thanked those who are instrumental to his victory but he certainly did not forget to give credit to his Filipino mom.

“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming into this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you're watching this,” he said.

“I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. This is totally awesome,” he added.

Born to a mother from Cebu who loves music and performing, Criss has lived a life dedicated to the spotlight.

His "drive" to become a star, he attributed to his mom who, along with his "sneak attack musician" dad, made sure that he grew up surrounded by singing and dancing.

This upbringing meant that pursuing a career in Hollywood was inevitable. In fact, he is still best known for his role in the award-winning musical series "Glee."

In an interview back when was promoting the drama, he revealed that he celebrated getting the part with a trip to his favorite Filipino restaurant in Los Angeles -- an example of just how proud Criss is of his connection to the Philippines.