David Sedaris

Jonathan Groff Dishes on Playing David Sedaris in C.O.G.: VIDEO

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Jonathan Groff of Glee fame sat down with New York mag's Vulture to discuss his new film C.O.G. in which he plays a young David Sedaris. Groff dishes on meeting the author, his hesitation to play him (given that they look and sound nothing alike) and also antics on the set. Here's an excerrpt:

You’ve met David, obviously?
I just met him for the first time [here at Sundance], which is probably the highlight of the whole experience.

What was that like? 
I was very nervous to meet him, because I just didn’t know what to expect. And we made this whole movie about his life, this whole experience that he had, and he hadn’t even seen it yet, and he doesn’t really do a lot of interviews or do pictures — you know, he’s not a big press person.

So, we met at the party right before the movie, and he was sort of sitting in the back corner, and I went over to him, and he’s a big Glee fan, which I didn’t know. He’s like, “I love Glee, I’ve seen you on Glee. I love that show.” So, we talked briefly about that. He was very easy to talk to, and really nice. And then I order a Diet Coke for my mom, who was also there. And I said, “I’m so sorry to leave, but I’m going to go give this Diet Coke to my mom.” And he said, “Oh, I want to meet your mom.” And I was like, Oh my God, David Sedaris wants to meet my mom! I’d imagined me, like, elbowing my way with my mom, to be like, “David, please, I want you to meet my mom,” but he was like, “I want to meet your mom.” [Laughs.] And then we walked over to my mom, and they met, and then we were all sort of chatting or whatever, and then I got moved away, and then twenty minutes later, I look over, and David Sedaris is still talking to my mom. 

I know! He was, like, obsessed with my mom. He just kept talking to her, and then everybody moved from the party to this tent where we do the press, and as we were posing for pictures, I said, “David, thank you so much for being so generous with my mom," and he was like, “She’s so sweet! And she’s so short, she must be the shortest gym teacher in all of Pennsylvania!” He’s obsessed that she’s a gym teacher in Pennsylvania. He wouldn’t stop talking about it.

Check out the rest of the interview at Vulture  and watch the trailer for C.O.G. AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don' t think "to obsess" means what Jonathan thinks it means. He uses it as if it means "to find interesting."
    I liked Jonathan on Glee and glad he got this part.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 26, 2013 3:56:22 PM

  2. I can't wait. Personally, I love David Sedaris. COG?! Har!!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 26, 2013 4:02:25 PM

  3. I met David at a signing three years ago. It took forever because he chatted with every single person in line. Honestly, he could not have been more gracious or friendly. The way he was with Groff's mom is how he is with everyone.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Sep 26, 2013 4:12:25 PM

  4. Nothing like casting prettier than the original. If you're putting yourself out there, and you're gay, why not?

    Posted by: BG | Sep 26, 2013 4:19:17 PM


    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 26, 2013 4:28:58 PM

  6. It looks charming...

    Posted by: jarago | Sep 26, 2013 5:16:57 PM

  7. Ill check this out. Have enjoyed David's books.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 26, 2013 5:45:17 PM

  8. I've got such a "I know I shouldn't because he's a celebrity and I don't have a snowballs chance in hell" crush on Jonathan Groff it's not even funny.

    Posted by: Brandon H | Sep 26, 2013 5:53:44 PM

  9. The first time I saw David Sedaris, after his reading he was signing books. The line was and moved slowly. As I neared the front, one of the staff people leaned toward him and spoke abut the need to get to dinner.

    He turned to her and spoke as you might to a child. "But there are people here."

    I see him whenever he's speaking in my town. I have tickets for November. I'll in line.

    Posted by: John D | Sep 26, 2013 5:54:53 PM

  10. Hate to say, but this movie deflated the room at Outfest.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 26, 2013 6:25:50 PM

  11. Halloween will mark the 20th anniversary of River Phoenix's death. I was so sad because I had pegged him to play me in my tumultuous
    early gay life bio flick. Loved that actor.

    Posted by: TR | Sep 26, 2013 7:06:09 PM

  12. This movie wasn't very good, unfortunately.

    Posted by: Another Andy | Sep 29, 2013 5:27:17 PM

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