Scene magazine hails Jonathan Groff as “this century’s gay icon” in a new profile posted this week, pointing to his casual and non-dramatic coming out process as a “sign of the changing times” and indicative of a “New Hollywood” generation.
The 29-year-old Tony-nominated actor is also putting his glorious pits on display in an exclusive photoshoot with Scene photographer Matthew Scrivens.
In the accompanying interview, he explains why he stays away from social media, how his breakup with Zachary Quinto influenced his drama-free lifestyle, and who he’s dying to have onscreen sex with in the upcoming season of Looking.
On the topic of coming out (which he did officially at the 2009 National Equality March in D.C.), Groff tells Scene that the decision was easy. “Being in love was more powerful than any job I’d had before,” he says. “That was the impetus.”
On refusing to take part in celebrity culture:
Groff has had a crash course in what it means to be a gay celebrity in the era of Perez Hilton: he was linked romantically to actor Zachary Quinto when the Star Trek star was still in the closet, though the two have since broken up. Groff’s way of dealing with the drama was by refusing to take part in any of the Internet celebrity culture.
“I heard from friends of friends or whatever that like, ‘This picture was online’ or ‘I saw you and Zach walking down the street.’ So I’d know that things like that existed, but I don’t ever look at it.”
On his dream Looking sex scene:
As for the next season of Looking, Groff stands by his “dream cameo,” Odd Future’s Frank Ocean. But if he had to pick someone to do a sex scene with, it’d be his C.O.G. co-star Corey Stoll. (You may remember him as the doomed Russo from the first season of House of Cards.)
“We had a potentially almost romantic scene, but then it turned out to be not romantic,” Groff says of filming C.O.G., a movie based on a David Sedaris short story, with Stoll. “So I would like to fulfill that—the starting of the relationship, and maybe have a love affair with Corey Stoll.”
Check out the full interview and more exclusive photos over at Scene.