The Day Jonathan Groff Got Leathered Up At Folsom Street

groffWe were the most uninteresting thing happening there. People were not like, ‘Oh, cool! HBO is shooting a show here.’ They were like, ‘Look at that man hung by his flesh flying through the air.’”


— Looking star Jonathan Groff discussing filming during San Francisco’s famed/notorious Folsom Street Fair for an episode of the series that will air this weekend, in an interview with Vulture

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  • SteveDenver

    Boring people put on the costume and head to FSF all the time. It’s a festival of “anything you can do, I can do weirder” and it was fun once I got past whatever bothered me — public displays of unprotected sex by handsome idiots were a huge bummer. I liked the accepting atmosphere once one got away from the “main drag.” Women, transgender people, handicapped people, and heterosexual/bisexual/lesbian/freak allies populate the fringes. I hope the show discovered that angle.

  • NG22

    I used to casually like Jonathan Groff, but I didn’t watch much of his work. Then, I saw “Looking,” and fell in love with that show. Now, I just adore Jonathan. For me, he’s very much an ideal of the modern gay man. I’m shipping Patrick and Kevin in the show. And in real life, Jonathan said he’s “100% single” to Andy Cohen last night, but I’m shipping hard for he and his co-star, Russell Tovey, to get together. From everything I’ve heard from both of the actors, they really, really got along on set. Russell said he loves and adores Jonathan, he was his best friend on set, they’d sing together, etc. But I think the biggest obstacle is location. Jonathan said he just moved to Chelsea, in Manhattan, and Russell lives in London–where his family, friends, home, and dog is. For Russell, the worst thing about doing the show was that he left his dog behind in London. It really sucks if they did have a connection (outside of my imagination), that it is undermined by geography.

  • MK Ultra

    @NG22: Omg, once again I have to agree with you. I instantly liked the character of Patrick, and Jonathan and Russell would make such an awesome couple.

  • jimbryant

    Memo to Jonathan Groff : stop making a fool of yourself. You’re not hip and you’re not cool. Just because you went to Folsom, it doesn’t mean you’re enlightened.

    Oh, and the show stinks.


    A leather vest is hardly ‘leathered up,’ but I do like the show. Reminds me of my younger years in the city.

  • iMort

    @jimbryant: Mr. Crustypants again. I am starting to like the show. Are you negative to people in your real life or do you just vent here?

  • NG22

    @NG22: I know, right? I find them both to be so cute and funny. And Russell seems to like joking about this very topic. Asked today on Twitter if he and Jonathan are dating, he said, ‘Top secret.’ I know they’re not, because Jonathan said he’s ‘100% single,’ but still, it seems like Russell would totally go there if given the opportunity. And I totally get it. There’s something about Jonathan that’s innocent and sexy at the same time.

  • Icebloo

    OMG ! Does Groff EVER take that smug grin off his face. He is so annoying ! I hate to see him in anything. REALLY hoping they write him out of Looking.

  • Vince Smetana

    I can’t wait for this series to get all of the standard gay cliches out of its system. Then, maybe, it can find its voice.

  • Reid Condit

    As a long-time resident of San Francisco who used to participate in the community before smoking in bars was banned and bathhouses disabled, I would like to watch “Looking” but refuse to be ripped off by any cable provider. Is there a way to watch it for free?

  • adarlul

    I’ve watched all episodes till today, and I must say that the plot is not interesting enough. It has good basis, but it’s not enough to create a series about gay people when nothing happen. I feel like the series tries to show the “straight” gays, the “regular” ones, but even in heterosexual series something happen with the characters. Hope the plot will become more interesting in the next few episodes.

  • IvanPH

    Stop whining and just watch and support the show! At the least, the gay men are the MAIN characters of the show and not merely the stereotypical gay best friend or sidekick of a main character!

  • Reid Condit

    Yeah, the “straight ones,” the “regular ones,” in other words, the assimilated ones who look like the gay supervisors LBBT voters have elected since Harvey Milk was assassinated. I haven’t seen an episode yet, only newsprint stills, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the plot never gets any more interesting than a Jane Austin novel. Our so-called leaders have convinced the public we just all want to get married and be like them. We don’t. Some of us just might want to get naked in the streets on a hot night or spend eight hours in a bathhouse! We have to start electing bolder leaders. We have taken assimilation as far as it will go.

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  • Dev.C

    hopefully if they get picked up for season 2, I really hope Zachary Quinto would pop up on the show. I can already feel the tension between him and Jonathan Groff.

  • viveutvivas

    @reid condit, yes, I don’t have HBO either. I would also be interested in other options for watching it.

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