When the curtain fell for the last time on Glee back in 2015, it brought an end to a TV phenomenon. However, series regular Darren Criss, who portrayed Blaine Anderson on the show, has kept himself busy since then. After a second successful run on Broadway in Hedwig and The Angry Inch, he guest-starred in two episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel, played the villain in The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover and is set to headline the second season of American Crime Story.
However, his busy schedule didn't stop him from returning to the music scene — but he didn't do it alone. Earlier this year, Criss and his brother, Chuck, formed the band Computer Games. After releasing their first single in March, the band have now unveiled the music video for their second outing, "Lost Boys Life."
While the song is indeed awesome, and proves that the Criss brothers are still as talented as ever, the most striking thing about the video is the famous face that pops up in it. Check out the video below, featuring #StrangerThings star Gaten Matarazzo:
Bored with his seemingly miserable life, Matarazzo comes to life half way through the video when he quits his job and picks up a guitar. From there on, his life improves, and whether's he's running down the street with glee or rocking out with Computer Games on stage, the actor's joy is incredibly infectious.
It's safe to say that Matarazzo has been busy lately. After filming the second season of Stranger Things, the young actor appeared in the music video for Katy Perry's "Swish Swish." As we saw on a recent episode of Lip Sync Battle, it's clear that he has a talent for miming lyrics. And it's great to see that artists are giving him a chance to show it off.
A Pop-Culture Crossover We Never Knew We Needed
It's awesome to see Criss teaming up with Matarazzo, not just because they are two talented actors, but because they were both involved in two of the biggest TV phenomenons of the past decade.
When #Glee debuted back in 2009, nobody could have predicted the juggernaut it would go on to become. Running for six seasons and producing countless musical performances, the show started a revolution and gained a huge following. It was renowned for exploring previously uncharted territory, a lot of which Criss was a big part of. While he wasn't in show's first season, his character's introduction in Season 2 made headlines for being half of the most revolutionary teenage gay couple ever seen on TV.
Moreover, the show produced one of the most talented casts in #TV history, many of whom have gone on to have incredibly successful careers after the end of the show.
Similarly, Stranger Things was one of the most unexpected hits of last year and has also become a phenomenon, making stars out of its talented young cast. Known for his fearlessness and badass attitude, Matarazzo's character, Dustin quickly became a fan-favorite, and stole the show on a number of occasions.
Matarazzo's appearance in Criss's music video was a refreshing crossover between two of TV's biggest ever phenomenons that we never knew we needed. And as he did such a phenomenal job, we hope to see Gaten featured in a lot more music videos.
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