Darren Criss’ Most Surreal Moment: Being Introduced to Mariah Carey by Whitney Houston

/ January 11, 2012

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Darren Criss may be a big star himself on Broadway and TV, but this Glee guy still gets starstruck. 

The actor described his most surreal moment since hitting Hollywood, telling Details magazine: 

“I never thought I would meet Mariah Carey, but I really never thought I’d be introduced to her by Whitney Houston. She’s like, ‘Hey, baby, this is Mariah.’ I’m like, ‘I know. I’m Darren. I don’t know what I’m doing here.’”

He said of joining the celebrity elite: 

“Hollywood is a strange, strange thing. I feel like I’ve been invited to a very exclusive ball and I’m just trying to make nice with everybody and hope that if they kick me out they’ll at least give me a ride home.”

Darren just hit the Broadway stage this past week to succeed Daniel Radcliffe in the play How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying. He said jokingly of once again sporting a bowtie, “I’ve been pigeonholed.”

For more with Darren, pick up Details magazine on Jan. 17.