Darren Criss, Cory Monteith

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Going back to school is tough enough, but going back to Glee will be an emotional rollercoaster.

Glee's Darren Criss, who was recently awarded that distinguished title of "Cosmo Guy," opens up to Cosmopolitan about the mood at McKinley High now that recently departed Cory Monteith will be absent from the show.

"As I said on Conan, we're picking up the pieces. Cory loved life and wanted his friends to be happy, so it's only right that we try and start to smile again." Criss continues, "That's something that he would have wanted. I am just so happy that he got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him."

Fans are already mentally and emotionally preparing for Glee's third episode of the season which will be a tribute episode to Monteith and his onscreen alter ego Finn Hudson. Ryan Murphy clarified that Finn will not die of a drug overdose and the episode will be a celebration of the character's life.

But before the tribute episode, Gleeks will be treated to a special two-part Beatles extravaganza (Here's everything you need to know!) and it looks like things will be heating up for Blaine and Kurt (Chris Colfer) when season five premieres. The bow-tie loving actor tells Cosmo that even though he plays a gay actor on TV, he never feels the need to assert his heterosexuality in everyday life.

Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Kiss


The actor explains, "I know who I am. I feel bad for guys who have to flex their muscles. But hey, if that's the way to make yourself feel comfortable as a man—as long as it isn't antagonizing anybody—go for it. I'm okay with your getting a Miata to feel like a dude; just don't be a dick about it." In the words of the great Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale): Preach!

Glee has been a mega-smash for Fox ever since its first season, and as a result of its immense popularity, Criss reveals that some of the fans can be a little, well, passionate. (Writers note: And by passionate we mean they'll-come-for-you-if-you-break-up-our-favorite-couples crazy. We still love you guys!)

So what is Criss' craziest fan encounter? "A guy licked my face—straight up grabbed my head and licked my face," he says. All right Glee fans, apparently the actors do not like it when you lick them. So, let's try to not do that from now on, okay? Great!

Glee's fifth season will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 on Fox.

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