Jonathan Groff in the The Normal Heart trailer

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When I decided to write this book, I knew I couldn’t do it without devoting an entire section to Jonathan Groff. He’s my best friend in the entire world - in fact, it’s fair to say that I didn’t understand the concept until I met him. He’s been through more ups and downs with me than anyone else. He’s like a brother, and I love him like crazy.

We met at our Spring Awakening audition I had done workshops of the show, so I felt pretty confident that I’d be able to keep my role with the production, but we needed to find a guy to play Melchior. And in walked Jonathan Groff, this kid from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, wearing jeans that were way too short and a shirt that had clearly been washed when it neede to have been dry-cleaned. And the gel! His hair was as hard as a rock. I looked at him and thought, “What a sweet boy, but he’s never going to get this part.” But I helped him that day because it was clear that he was the nicest person: I gave him some insight into things the director liked to see and worked through some of the scenes with him outside the room before we went in. But I can’t take much credit because there was a huge amount of talent beneath the badly fitting outfit and hair gel! Not only did he get the part, but he ended up getting a Tony nomination and the launchpad for an incredibly successful career.

To this day, I’ve never met someone who has understood me more than Jonathan - I can completely be myself, with all my different quirks, and never feel judged. I’ve laughed harder, and cried harder, with Jonathan than I have with anyone else. We’ve been kicked out of Broadway shows for falling into fits of giggles in the audience, and I’ve literally shown up on his doorstep with my heart broken. He always helps me put myself together. After one particularly rough episode with a guy, Jonathan wrote me this incredibly nice letter, in which he told me that I would find someone amazing. He was going away on a vacation and so he gave me a task to complete while he was gone, since he knew I would miss him like crazy and needed distractions. He instructed me to watch every single Meryl Streep movie while he was gone - and said that there would be a quiz when he returned.

And then there was the time we went to Washington, DC, together so that I could sing for President Obama. Melanie was there in the hotel room with us, doing my makeup, and I was trying to focus on the task at hand; serenading the leader of the free world is no small thing. But Jonathan was intent on getting me to laugh, and so a wrestling match/tickle fest went too far, and he made me laugh so hard I peed my pants. I assure you, I showered - but thirty short minutes later, I was in front of the president. Those are the moments that keep you sane, and so I’m eternally grateful to Jonathan for always helping me keep my feet on the ground. If peeing my pants is what it takes, I’m always game.

From the moment I met Jonathan, I knew that he was gay. I’ve always been a loud ad outspoken person who has little to no filter. But for whatever reason, even though I would normally not have been shy about saying, “Oh, you’re gay,” out loud in front of other people (particularly Broadway people), with Jonathan, I held my tongue. I didn’t want to do or say anything that might possibly hurt or embarrass him, particularly because it was apparent that he wasn’t ready to be out. For the first time, I could feel someone’s emotions. I could feel that at that time, he just wasn’t ready, and I needed to give him the space to do it on his own.

We call ourselves City Mouse and Country Mouse, because he grew up with Amish people, while I grew up with cross-dressers in New York City. Watching Jonathan grow over the years has been one of the best things ever: He’s developed an incredible career and been a wonderful son to his parents (who have become my parents’ best friends).

That time in Spring Awakening with Jonathan was the best time of my life. We had a very intense sex scene that we had to do together; you have to feel really comfortable with someone to do that. We went there together, every night. Sometimes we would do the scene and cry the entire time; others, we would be silly and laugh. But we were in it together.

I also have Jonathan to thank for Glee. Jonathan was in Los Angeles filming a TV pilot with Ryan Murphy when I went though a bad break-up (yes, same bad breakup that I’ve mentioned before - ha ha, if you’re reading this, and thanks for getting me my big break!). I needed to get out of NYC and spend some time with Jon, so I flew to L.A. to see him. After I arrived, Jonathan, Ryan and I went to Chateau Marmont, and I spent the night talking to Ryan about how much I love and admire Barbra Streisand. After, Jonathan told me that Ryan was writing a show called Glee and that he wanted me to do it. I was like, “Yeah, right - I’m never going to get that,” as I hadn’t had any luck breaking into TV.

I’m so thankful for him - obviously for introducing me to Ryan and pointing me toward Glee, but mainly because he’s there for me like no one else and it’s such a relief to know that a person like Jonathan is out there.

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- Love Letter to Jonathan Groff, from Lea Michele’s book “Brunette Ambition” (released on May 20, 2014) (x)

stamiela: Got to say hello to Jonathan Groff at my fav hang out.

stamiela: Got to say hello to Jonathan Groff at my fav hang out.

"And then there was the time we went to Washington, DC, together so that I could sing for President Obama. Melanie was there in the hotel room with us, doing my makeup, and I was trying to focus on the task at hand; serenading the leader of the free world is no small thing. But Jonathan was intent on getting me to laugh and so a wrestling match/tickle fest went too far, and he made me laugh so hard I peed my pants. I assure you, I showered-but thirty short minutes later, I was in front of the president. Those are the moments that keep you sane, and so I’m eternally grateful to Jonathan for always helping me keep my feet on the ground. If peeing my pants is what it takes, I’m always game."
- Lea Michele talks about Jonathan Groff in Brunette Ambition (x)
Lea Michele And Jonathan Groff Grab Juice After Hiking (x)

msleamichele: Morning hikes w/ #JG! Best way to start the day!

msleamichele: Morning hikes w/ #JG! Best way to start the day!


Sighting of Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele having dinner last night.

Sighting of Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele having dinner last night.

Embarrassing High School Stories: The Story of Jonathong Groff

It was the 9th grade formal, and I had asked my friend Emily Fritz who was my best friend in high school, to come with me to the dance. Swing dancing was very popular, because Jump Jive An’ Whail had just come out. So we practiced before the dance to, you know, hopefully win or place in the competition.

At the dance, everyone gets up in the center of the floor, everybody like dances, it’s kinda like Grease, and then they like, eliminate people that should go along. And at the end, it was me and Emily, we were the only couple that was left, and we had won. And so then after that happened, everybody stands in a big circle and watches as you guys do a big dirty swing dance.

I was getting ambitious ‘cause I was excited ‘cause we had just won and I was a little overexcited. And I was doing that thing were you go, you lift her up, and I go like this, and I go like this - which we’d done before - and then put her back down…

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"Looking" Star Jonathan Groff Spices Things Up at POPera!

The San Francisco Opera Guild celebrated their 75th anniversary Thursday, April 10, with POPera! Departing from the opera’s traditional association with foreign languages and a massive stage, POPera! took the form of a chic soiree and a lively cabaret, complete with an appearance by San Francisco golden boy, Jonathan Groff (of HBO’s Looking fame).

Benefactors and performers alike kick-started the evening with cocktails and a festive buffet in the historic Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Throughout the evening, guests bid on fabulous auction packages with proceeds supporting the San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs. 
Following dinner, guests were treated to an evening of caberet, hosted by  the talented Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Deborah Voigt. The cabaret show included spirited performances by iconic stars such as Laura Benanti, Romanza, and Groff for the perfect combination of contemporary performance with a nod to opera’s history. (x)

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"Looking" Star Jonathan Groff Spices Things Up at POPera!
The San Francisco Opera Guild celebrated their 75th anniversary Thursday, April 10, with POPera! Departing from the opera’s traditional association with foreign languages and a massive stage, POPera! took the form of a chic soiree and a lively cabaret, complete with an appearance by San Francisco golden boy, Jonathan Groff (of HBO’s Looking fame).

Benefactors and performers alike kick-started the evening with cocktails and a festive buffet in the historic Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel. Throughout the evening, guests bid on fabulous auction packages with proceeds supporting the San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs. 

Following dinner, guests were treated to an evening of caberet, hosted by  the talented Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Deborah Voigt. The cabaret show included spirited performances by iconic stars such as Laura Benanti, Romanza, and Groff for the perfect combination of contemporary performance with a nod to opera’s history. (x)

Here’s an Exclusive Sneak Peek at HBO’s 2014 Emmy campaign

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Below is the partial list of HBO’s planned Emmy submissions. Remember that some of these still might change before the Emmy ballots are released in June. Also, keep in mind that people not on this list could be submitted by their personal reps.

"LOOKING"

Comedy Actor - Jonathan Groff
Comedy Supporting Actor - Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Raul Castillo
Comedy Supporting Actress - Lauren Weedman
Comedy Guest Actor - Scott Bakula, Russell Tovey

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