Jonathan Groff took the stage at San Francisco’s historic Curran Theatre to talk about his stage and screen career and dropped a hot tidbit about the upcoming Looking finale.
The TV show that followed a group of friends in the city by the bay was abruptly canceled by HBO last year, but the cast will reunite for a movie-length finale.
Groff, who got his start in the theater and who has been nominated for a Tony award, dished on filming the show’s frequent sex scenes during the Q&A and gave us a tantalizing preview of what to expect.
“There’s a lot of sex. I don’t want to say who it was with, but I just shot the most intense sex scene I’ve ever done,” Groff told the audience. “One of the cool things about Looking is that after the first season, a lot of people – shockingly, liberal, open artists in New York and L.A. – said they didn’t know that gay people could have sex while facing each other. The show illuminated intimacy in sex [between men] without being porny or salacious. Those scenes felt very real and true to life. I was excited to do them.”
Groff, who also appeared naked in the indie film Twelve Thirty (full frontal! NSFW), is no stranger to showing skin on screen. Thank God for that. In fact, we named one of his scenes with Russel Tovey in Looking one of 13 gay sex scenes that went “too far” for TV.
“I feel like a song from Oklahoma!: ‘I’m just a girl who can’t say no,'” he laughed. “Somehow, I’ve found myself in these projects where I’m literally exposed, and it’s felt comfortable and meaningful, so I’ve said yes.”
He told the audience his coming out story and the pain of being in the closet, but noted that shooting the show’s finale has also been incredibly emotional.
“There’s something special about Looking. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t wept. It’s been very emotional [but] great that we get to say goodbye to San Francisco and our characters.”