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Jonathan Groff Describes Performing His ‘Most Intense Sex Scene’ Ever


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.”

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  • Cam

    So in the last two weeks or so one of the largest religious denominations in the nation goes completely Trans inclusive, and the BBC fires a show host for telling a bigoted right wing anti-gay pastor that they fit the definition of bigot (and the BBC also apologized to the Pastor)

    And yet this is the type of story we get? You’ll put up a story about one Ultra Orthodox rabbi who hates gays but not report when the denomination representing the majority of millions of Jews in the U.S. calls for complete Trans Inclusion?

    Seriously what’s the deal?

  • Matthew Patashnick

    And still no one will watch! #LOOKINGatsomething else

  • Homo Erectus

    Jonathan Groff’s Most Intense Sex Scene Ever – yeah he will pretend to get fucked again while making a pained grimacing face.

  • Homo Erectus

    @Cam: Hey we get the “real” news from you, bud.

  • Cam

    @Homo Erectus: said… “Jonathan Groff’s Most Intense Sex Scene Ever – yeah he will pretend to get fucked again while making a pained grimacing face.”


  • Kieran

    @Cam: Thought: You can always start you’re own gay website rather than bitch about this one.

  • Cam


    Thought: Point out which part of my comment was so upsetting to you.

  • Mark Hesselgrave

    I’ll be watching, loved that show.

  • alphacentauri

    *yawn* More silly news about that lame show looking that was canceled for good reason.

  • corey

    is Russel Tovey gay? Dont keep up with the latest goss all the time, (i know “bad gay”), but last thing i watched him was in the UKs ‘Being Human’ when he was a werewolf, and that was on one of those sites you can watch tv series on, so i know this is many years ago. but i have seen his face mentioned all over the Gay Web, too lazy to look into it. always thought he was cute in Being Human

  • PabloBravo8

    Looking was such a good show I’m glad it’s getting a wrap up.

    Shows like this are important, when I was a preteen I watched QAF, I learned a lot about being gay, good/ bad and about how different relationships are portrayed. Otherwise there would have only been porn

  • Hussain-TheCanadian

    ““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.””

    Am I the only one who found that shocking?

    @Cam: Thank you for the news, I didn’t know that; I think its awesome!!

  • MinnesotaNotNice

    If Groff’s summation is even somewhat accurate of what is in store for viewers who watch the finale, then it will be a huge disappointment! There is just 120 minutes to wrap up this series and send all of the characters off on their various ways. I’m not a prude at all, but I can think of many better ways to handle this finale then to intersperse random sex scenes, masquerading as story line advancement.

  • robho3

    Front really care about these two and it seems from the other comments that no one else does either.

  • pscheck2

    Did HBO ever give a reason for cancelling this show? I thought it was sexy and entertaining and a ‘plus’ as far as LGBT characterization is concerned. Hope to see more of Groff and company!

  • mujerado

    @Cam: The deal is it’s an entertainment story, not a news story. The headline should have told you it wasn’t a serious story. If that’s all you have time for, why did you go ahead and read it? If you wasted your time it’s purely your own fault.

  • enlightenone

    Talk about deaf and dumb from the “creators” to the not so impressive actor Goff, a post-adolescent, emotionally-repressed, cold, cheating, wet fish. Sex – PLEASE NO! Don’t want our impressionable GAY YOUTH to see this poor excuse for gay “diverse” life in 2015 San Francisco. I suspect the “gay” community is more sophisticated in Anywhere, Iowa in the hands of the right writers!

  • Cam


    The comment was aimed at the site, not the story. Purposely ignoring a major example of anti-gay bigotry by the largest News and channel in the world is ridiculous, and putting up stories about single bigoted people in a religion while refusing to report that the religion is the only major denomination in the country that not only already had gay leaders and performed marriage but that it just went fully Trans inclusive seems to indicate an agenda or bigotry.

    This story was a place to say it because there have been 500 stories about this show on here and none on the other stuff.

  • enlightenone

    @Kieran: Cam brings substance for the intelligent, mature gay man! What to you bring to the discussions? Thank Cam for your wise, thoughtful, sometimes humorous comments. Without your measured posts, Queerty is just a Tom Daley/Gus, what’s-his-name, vanilla rag!

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