It means a lot for actor Darren Criss that he is the first Filipino-American to win an acting award at the Golden Globes.
In fact, in his interview backstage after receiving his trophy, the Insider quoted him to have said that “being half Filipino is one of my favorite things about me.”
"I feel like I have been given a superhero cape and I am glad to step up to that plate," he said. "It's a great privilege — and I am proud to be part of that."
Criss, whose mom is a Filipina who hails from Cebu, was recognized 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.
During his acceptance speech, the former “Glee” star thanked those who are instrumental to his victory but he certainly did not forget to give credit to his 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.