Broadway (Hamilton, Spring Awakening) and TV star (Looking, GLEE) Jonathan Groff delivered a sensitive, show-stopping performance of “Being Alive” at this past Sunday’s Sondheim on Sondheim concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Groff’s voice and moment-to-moment journey are totally on point here.
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.
Jonathan Groff recently spoke to People.com about the cancellation of HBO’s LOOKING:
“We wanted to create a show with gay men where they weren’t tragic figures or the comedic relief or sexually sensationalized but just multi-dimensional human beings,” says Groff. “So, I feel sad that it was canceled but grateful for the time that we had.”
“I think that speaks to just the need and desire for more gay stories to be told. Hopefully it maybe paved the way for other people to create [more] gay stories. Hopefully someday there won’t be just one gay show on the air but multiple shows.”
“I remember being a kid and feeling like when somebody mentioned in a moment that they were gay or [saw someone gay] on TV, it was like an exciting sense of relief to see someone talk about being gay, so I try to do that as often as I can,” he says.
“It sort of goes back to that Harvey Milk thing of, ‘Tell your friends, tell everyone,’ ” he says. “I always try to wear that on my sleeve.”
Regular readers of The Randy Report know I am a big fan of the show. It didn’t hit you over the head; it had many subtle moments that felt real to me.
I look forward to the “finale” movie promised by HBO.
With the season 2 finale having aired, rumors are now swirling that HBO will cancel it’s gay-centric show LOOKING.
Kevin Sessums, editor of Four Two Nine magazine posted on his Facebook page yesterday:
I had an email from my friend Jonathan Groff when I got home from my reading tonight at Books Inc. telling me that HBO announced today that it was canceling Looking but that it would film a movie of the series to air in order to wrap things up instead of leaving things hanging. This makes me sad but life – and television series – are about moving on at some point.
“After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”
Darn it. I liked the show muchly. Apparently there will definitely be a “special” to tie up the story lines.
When I saw “Brokeback Mountain,” I was in a closeted relationship and went to go see it with my boyfriend, so that was really intense for the both of us. We left the theater in total horrified silence.
And I remember being in high school and seeing “Queer as Folk” playing on the TV in the background at a party and being intrigued, but too embarrassed to go turn up the volume and actually watch it.
“Will & Grace” was a big one, too, when I was growing up. And even though I didn’t personally relate to Will or Jack, it was just great to watch them every week and not feel so alone.
Russell Tovey as “Kevin” on HBO’s Looking explains rugby – how the bears, otters, and the hooker (“the little guy who you know gets fucked by the entire scrum),” all function while the gang watches Dom’s first gay rugby match in episode 3 of Looking in this preview clip.
Check out hottie Looking star Jonathan Groff as he plays a game of “Turn On/Turn Off” with Andy Cohen during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Now.
Here’s what makes Jonathan tick – do you fit the bill?
Very hairy: ‘Turn on’
Sex on the first date: ‘Absolutely’
Someone who is only a power bottom: ‘No, you’ve got to be versatile.’
Someone who dislikes his bestie Lea Michele: ‘Definitely a turn off.’
A Broadway queen: ‘Borderline’
Someone who’s in the closet: ‘Turn off.’
Balding: ‘ Turn on’
Gym rat: ‘Turn off’
Not interested in marriage: ‘Turn off’
Mama’s boy: ‘Turn off’
Order for him at a restaurant: ‘Turn on’