Jonathan Groff: Just Jared Spotlight of the Week
JJ: So you have The Normal Heart coming up. What was it like working with Ryan Murphy on this project compared to working with him on Glee?
JG: It was great. I mean he is a creative genius and from Glee to Nip/Tuck to American Horror Story to The Normal Heart, all of his work is so different and at the same time has a similar sensibility and it was sort of the same thing working with him. I actually did a pilot with him years ago before I did Glee called Pretty Handsome. So I did that with him, then I did Glee with him, and now I’m doing The Normal Heart. You know, loyalty is such a special quality in this business. Not only with me, but so many of the actors and crew that he works with remain so loyal and I think that’s really special. I really appreciate him for that and I love the play. I saw it off-Broadway ten years ago and then I saw it on Broadway two years ago and I think it’s so powerful and I just hope we can do the play justice because it’s such a powerful piece of theater.
JJ: How would you describe your cast members from The Normal Heart in one word?
JJ: Matt Bomer?
JJ: Mark Ruffalo?
JJ: Jim Parsons?
JG: I never worked with Jim, but I would say southern.
JJ: Taylor Kitsch?
JJ: Julia Roberts?
JG: Kind. [X]
Out100: Jonathan Groff
Actor Photography by Danielle Levitt
A decade after he landed in New York City at the age of 18, Groff has notched starring runs in Spring Awakening and Hair, recurring roles on Glee and Boss, and the lead in this year’s C.O.G. And next year he’ll appear in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of The Normal Heart for HBO.
"It’s such a visceral piece of material,” he says of Larry Kramer’s landmark play. “I hope the movie does it justice.”
For Groff’s new HBO series, Looking — a blend of the blunt emotional honesty of Girls and the moody intimacy of the gay film Weekend — the cast immersed themselves in San Francisco’s gay scene.
“Nothing could prepare us for Folsom Street Fair,” he says. “So much nudity and so much leather. The fact that we were shooting something was the most unremarkable thing there.”
Photographed at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on October 8, 2013 [X]
Glee actor Jonathan Groff has signed on for a dramatic role in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart.
The film is based on a largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer chronicling the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Groff will play Craig, an early victim of the disease and the first lover of Bruce Niles (Friday Night Light‘s alum Taylor Kitsch), an investment banker who becomes an AIDS activist.
Also just cast: Longtime character actor Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus, a man who’s an instrumental member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
The actors join previously announced cast members such as Julia Roberts (Dr. Emma Brookner), Mark Ruffalo (Ned Weeks), Matt Bomer (Felix Turner) and Jim Parsons (Tommy Boatwright). The Normal Heart is expected to premiere next year. [ X]
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Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff.
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