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Jonathan Groff Talks Gay Sex and Death in 'Looking' and 'The Normal Heart'

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Jonathan Groff is featured in this year's OUT100 and spills a few details about his roles in a highly-anticipated series and film, HBO's Looking and his part in the film adaptation of The Normal Heart.

GroffLooking,(the pilot is shot by Weekend director Andrew Haigh) looks set to contain the same type of realistic sex scenes as Haigh's indie film did, at least Groff hopes:

I have shot some sex scenes. The sex scenes in Weekend were beautiful and sexy—in addition to, and most importantly, feeling really authentic and real. So I hope that our sex scenes are sexy—and I think that they are—but I think even more than that what we’re trying to display is a reality of gay sex as opposed to the salaciousness of gay sex. We’re trying just to keep it real—which means humor. Some of our sex scenes are very emotional and very beautiful. Some of our sex scenes are awkward. We’re trying to get as close to reality as we possibly can. Hopefully, when people watch it, you’ll think, Oh, I’ve had that exact experience. I know what it feels like to be intimate with someone in that way.

Said Groff of The Normal Heart:

The first time I saw it was off-Broadway at the Public Theater starring Raul Esparza. I hysterically cried. I remember the scene with the milk, where they come home with the groceries. I read it a couple years later and I cried again. It’s such a visceral piece of material, whether you’re seeing it or reading it. It’s very intense. When I was on Glee, Ryan [Murphy] said, “You should read the script, because I want to find a place for you in it.” So I read it again, and I was devastated. I hope that the movie does it justice....The character I ended up playing in the movie is the first guy that died of AIDS, one of the guys in Larry Kramer’s circle of friends. He said that when this person died that it was right at the end of summer, and it happened so quickly that his body was still tan. It took him immediately. It was this huge punch in the stomach.

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  1. Uh, nobody wants to sit where your dirty shoes have been. Keep your shoes off the seats!

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 13, 2013 11:08:39 AM


  2. I'm hijacking all the threads today. Can we please call on andy to update this commenting system with ratings? The negative and horrible comments here are getting to be more of a draw for some people than the stories. People are constantly being attacked in the comments and in real life through other means of communication. Getting into a fight here could and HAS led to stalking and violence in the greater net. People also love to post as others and further disrupt conversations. This has to stop and it's up to us to force Andy's hand here, he is supporting a lot of anti-gay people.

    His twitter is @AndyTowle and his FB is https://www.facebook.com/andytowle?fref=ts

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2013 11:09:40 AM


  3. Both of these movies, especially The Normal Heart, should be big-release theater movies, instead of being shown on HBO T.V.
    Like the Liberace movie, deemed too gay for movies and relegated to T.V. Sad commentary on society, especially in America.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Nov 13, 2013 11:14:26 AM


  4. Only one of these projects is a movie, and a lot more people will see them on TV, David. Especially in Canada

    Posted by: ger | Nov 13, 2013 11:28:18 AM


  5. Very excited about both Looking and The Normal Heart!

    I agree with David, it would be nice to see more big movie productions and more network TV shows, that are gay-themed with gay characters. But that will come with time. In the meantime, shows like The Fosters, and these two here on HBO are bringing representation of us to millions who choose to watch and that's only a good thing. Eventually we'll start seeing more major network shows/movies with gay characters, but right now producers don't want to take (what they see as) the risk.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 13, 2013 12:23:29 PM


  6. @Fenrox, while I agree with what you have written, how is what you are proposing going to solve the problem?

    Posted by: Howard | Nov 13, 2013 12:31:45 PM


  7. I assume the top photo is from Looking, which is hilarious because some of the queens here were clutching their pearls at the characters being too masculine. Really! Look at them.

    Posted by: Knock | Nov 13, 2013 1:50:12 PM


  8. Agreed. If not actually moderated: this commenting system needs editing/self-deleting and likes/dislikes. Get Disqus already.

    Posted by: Chaz | Nov 14, 2013 6:52:55 AM


  9. Oh and replies: this type of commenting is prehistoric.

    Posted by: Chaz | Nov 14, 2013 6:53:37 AM


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