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Actors Jonathan Groff and Raul Castillo Hit the Folsom Street Fair + 15 More 'Looking' Set PHOTOS

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Andrew Haigh, the creator of HBO's Looking, Instagrammed this adorable photo of actors Raul Castillo and Jonathan Groff from the streets of San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair yesterday, where the cast was spending a bit more time. Looking has been shooting its second season since late August in and around the Bay area.

Fans of the show will remember a few pivotal scenes from the show last year for which Groff donned some leather.

Castillo, who recently joined Instagram, posted a photo from the Fair as well, with the caption, "Folsom Street Fair 2014. Check."

Several new actors have joined the cast this season including Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese, Crossbones' Chris Perfetti and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's Bashir Salahuddin.

Check out 15 more Instagram photos from the set and around town shot by the cast, crew and fans, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Mean Girls' Actor Daniel Franzese Joins 'Looking' Season 2 Cast

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Actor Daniel Franzese, best known for his role as gay high schooler Damien in Mean Girls, has joined the second season cast of HBO's Looking.

via The Hollywood Reporter:

Franzese will play Eddie, a new love interest who works in the San Francisco nonprofit community.

He is the latest cast addition to an ensemble that includes Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett,Frankie Alvarez and new series regulars Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey and Raul Castillo. Production is currently underway in San Francisco.

Groff posted a photo of the cast with Franzese on Wednesday:

Back in April, Franzese offically came out as gay in a letter published on Indiewire to his Mean Girls character.

Looking is expected to return next year.  


Russell Tovey, Jonathan Groff And Murray Bartlett Watched The Emmys Together, Without Bitterness: PHOTO

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Some of the lads from HBO's Looking got together for a little Emmy viewing party last night (as you do) and were notably upbeat despite the fact that their show did not receive any nods from Emmy voters. Looking's creator Andrew Haigh (who also wrote and directed Weekend) shared the above image on Instagram with the caption: "Watching the Emmys (without bitterness)."

Looking will be back for a second season, though filming has not yet begun.


Jonathan Groff Discusses Coming Out With Playbill

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In a new interview with Playbill, modern Broadway legend and Looking star Jonathan Groff has shared his views on the issue of coming out: how his HBO show Looking tackles the issue, and his own experiences.

Groff says one of the things that first drew him to Looking was the way the show felt like it was "definitely 2013-14." Groff remembers being in eighth grade seeing a poster for Will & Grace and being caught off guard, thinking the show was a "huge deal."

But he points out that for today's gays — the Patrick's and Dom's and (ugh) the Augustin's — the concerns go far beyond simply being out; the problems of the men of Looking are much closer to what the general public is facing. Said Groff:

[With] the show none of [the characters] are struggling with their sexuality...It's online dating, it's Grindr, it's all of that — and it's a group of men whose biggest problems in their life are not them grappling with the fact that they're gay, which is very specific to our generation.

Later in the interview, Groff is questioned about his own sexuality — the interviewer mention's Lea Michele's new book Brunette Ambition, where the actress says that during Spring Awakening she suspected Groff was gay but she wanted him to tell her on his own terms.

When Spring Awakening opened in New York, Groff was 21 and Michele was 19. Groff describes what it was like being closeted while working on the show, and it seems his personal experience is consistent with his interpretation of Looking; often, coming out is less of a big deal these days. Said Groff:

When I was in Spring Awakening, I wasn't out to anyone in my life...except for my roommate at the time, who was my 'roommate' in quotations — my boyfriend-roommate… when I was in Spring Awakening, I never, ever talked about it, and everybody was so sweet. All of my castmates were so respectful and must have just intuited that I didn't want to talk about it because no one ever grilled me or asked me. They just knew I wasn't ready, which was so generous, and I appreciate them for that.

He goes on to admit that he feels he missed out during this time — saying he "never realized how shut down [he] was until [he] came out."

Head on over to Playbill for the full interview!


Jonathan Groff Talks About Anal Covers and Shakespeare: VIDEO

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Jonathan Groff spoke with a group of men about the anal cover he had to wear while shooting Looking (no doubt you remember the [work-unfriendly] scene) because he was having his ass licked.

And, in completely unrelated news, Groff also lets you know how you can get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park in NYC.

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Gay Iconography: Jonathan Groff's Star Continues To Rise

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He’s portrayed a repressed German teen, a Disney hero and more than one neurotic gay man. It's too early to bestow the “icon” title on Jonathan Groff, but over the last few years, he has emerged as one of the most prominent out actors in Hollywood.

“I guess I think of myself as an actor before I think of myself as a gay actor,” he told BuzzFeed last year. “So when I take work or when I look for work, it’s really based on the projects.”

The Pennsylvania native began his career on the stage, but several high-profile TV gigs (and one of the most successful films of all time) have made him one of the most recognizable faces (and voices) in Hollywood. While he’s found mainstream success, he’s also starred in several gay-themed projects. Most recently, he appeared alongside stars Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts in director Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart.

He described the challenge of working on the gay dramedy Looking to OUT magazine last year: “Trying to humanize the gay experience and make it universal while also trying to tell specifically gay stories is an interesting Catch-22, because there is something unique and special about being gay—and, there’s something completely normal and just like everybody else about being gay.”

In June, he will be one of the three Grand Marshals of the New York City Pride March (alongside Laverne Cox and Rea Carey).

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