The ever-charming and talented Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Hamilton, GLEE, HBO’s Looking) recently sat down with Kevin Sessums for the Curran Theater’s “Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums” series to talk on a range of subjects.
On sex scenes in LOOKING:
“One of the cool things about ‘Looking’ is that after the first season, a lot of people – shockingly, liberal, open artists in New York and L.A. – said they didn’t know that gay people could have sex while facing each other. The show illuminated intimacy in sex [between men] without being porny or salacious. Those scenes felt very real and true to life. I was excited to do them.”
On coming out:
”When I came out, I had come to terms with it, but I wasn’t thrilled. If I could snap my fingers or meet some girl who made me feel I wasn’t gay, that would be awesome. I didn’t feel proud. I told my mom, ‘I’m gay, but I’m not gonna lead a parade.’
“And then last year, I was asked to be one of the grand marshals of the Gay Pride parade in New York. I said, okay, sure. But when I got to the parade, I was so moved and blown away by the importance and the power of expressing yourself, by all the joyfulness and celebration. I’m really proud to be gay.”
You can watch a few excerpts of the immensely charming Groff below, and find the entire interview here.