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HBO’s “Looking” To Depict The “Reality Of Gay Sex”, Says Star Jonathan Groff

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I have shot some sex scenes. The sex scenes in Weekend were beautiful and sexy—in addition to, and most importantly, feeling really authentic and real. So I hope that our sex scenes are sexy—and I think that they are—but I think even more than that what we’re trying to display is a reality of gay sex as opposed to the salaciousness of gay sex. We’re trying just to keep it real—which means humor. Some of our sex scenes are very emotional and very beautiful. Some of our sex scenes are awkward. We’re trying to get as close to reality as we possibly can. Hopefully, when people watch it, you’ll think, Oh, I’ve had that exact experience. I know what it feels like to be intimate with someone in that way.

“As far as the acting is concerned, I feel connected to it, because it’s coming from a sense of intimacy and a sense of character. Sometimes sex scenes in TV shows feel like they’re thrown in there, and I think ours are pretty character connected and character-driven.”

Jonathan Groff, one of the stars of HBO’s highly-anticipated upcoming gay series set in San Francisco, Looking, discussing the show’s approach to gay sex scenes with Out.

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7 Comments

  • LeNair Xavier

    Are we really suppose to care about a claimed “reality of gay sex” from ANOTHER gay show dominated by White characters with light-complexioned ethnics to ward off rightful claims of a lack of ethnic/racial diversity in casting?

    First, we had white as a sheet “Queer As Folk”. Recently, we have “The Hunting Season”. Now, we’re going to have “Looking”. All of which Out Magazine, Instinct Magazine, The Advocate magazine, and others are quick to cover. Meanwhile, any show that does diversity slightly or way better is only talked about in passing, if at all.

    So excuse me if I don’t go running through the streets shouting “Progress!”…For there’s NONE here to be seen.

  • ecllips

    @LeNair Xavier: They mentioned nothing about race, they are “Looking” To Depict The “Reality Of Gay Sex”. They are only talking about sex, not race. And last time I checked you don’t have to be of a certain race to have sex.

  • babybabybaby

    What a boring show all the actors “LOOK” alike nothing exciting about this show at all more gay people caught up in there own lil world its not as good as Queer as Folk…

  • rdb2010

    @ecllips: You look old enough that you should remember Noahs Arc and The DL Chronicles. Both were good shows and had large following.

  • monroeplace

    @LeNair Xavier: How right you are. It was as interesting as watching paint dry.

  • TrekBear

    The more I hear about Groff, the more respect I have for him over his ex, Zachary Quinto.

  • SteveDenver

    What astounding BITCHERY on this thread.

    There aren’t enough minorities.
    The minorities are too light skinned.
    It’s not as good as this other show that’s canceled.
    They’re wrapped up in their own lil world.

    This show is awesome. The characters are supposed to be wrapped up in THEIR world, not yours. It’s tiring to read such bumptious whining.

    When the show is gone, I’m sure the same voices will manage to run down any gay depictions, regardless of media, because complainers can always find something wrong: “These orchestra seats are too close,” “This Louis Vuitton bag doesn’t have enough pockets,” “This Escalade is too high,” “A million dollars is too much to carry around,” “All these minority porn stars have huge dicks, how stereotypical.”

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