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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!


Adam Lambert and Lea Michele Cover Heart's 'Barracuda': LISTEN

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Adam Lambert and Lea Michele team up on a cover of Heart's 1977 classic rock anthem "Barracuda" for an upcoming episode of Glee and a recording of the track has hit the web.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: DeGeneres Does Oscars, 'Portlandia' and 'Scandal' Return - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— If you were turned off by Seth MacFarlane's humor during last year's Academy Awards telecast, you can tune in for Ellen DeGeneres' "aw shucks" charm when she returns to host. Tune in to see her schtick, and if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto can bring home Oscars for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

More picks and clips, including the return of Olivia Pope, Shakira and PortlandiaAFTER THE JUMP...

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New Tracks from Lea Michele, Lily Allen, and Paloma Faith: VIDEO

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Paloma Faith released the new video for her single "Can't Rely on You" this morning. The track was written by Pharrell Williams, who also appears on it.

Also out this morning is the title track from Lea Michele's album, "Louder", and "Air Balloon", a new track from Lily Allen which she co-wrote with Shellback.

Which of these is your favorite?

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