Top Quotes by Jonathan Groff

I feel like loyalty is such a rare quality in this world, particularly the entertainment world.

Jonathan Groff

I love interacting with an audience. I love just being myself in front of a crowd.

Jonathan Groff

I loved ‘Weekend,’ and it meant a lot to me when I saw it in the movie theater. I think ‘Looking’ feels more like that movie than any of those other shows, with a little more comedy thrown in than ‘Weekend.’ But it’s certainly got the vibe and look and feeling of that movie.

Jonathan Groff

It’s so awesome to be a part of something that is successful not because there’s a famous person in it or because it’s a revival of something, but because it’s so fresh and original.

Jonathan Groff

I taught a class about the Tony Awards at a summer theater camp the year after I graduated from high school. So, the first time I was nominated for ‘Spring Awakening,’ it felt like a surreal dream: it was every childhood dream I had come true. It felt like a fairy tale.

Jonathan Groff

Playing King George, for me, was a lesson in stillness and timing.

Jonathan Groff

I was Mary Poppins for Halloween when I was 3, with lipstick and a carpetbag. And I was Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in a production in my dad’s barn.

Jonathan Groff

Make sure that you always follow your heart and your gut, and let yourself be who you want to be, and who you know you are. And don’t let anyone steal your joy.

Jonathan Groff

I smile a lot in my real life.

Jonathan Groff

I believe in ‘Backstage.’ It changed my life.

Jonathan Groff

For Halloween, I’ve gone trick-or-treating as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Robin Hood.

Jonathan Groff

It’s one thing to experience your Broadway debut alone, but to share it with an entire company was like summer camp or a college experience, where you were really growing up together.

Jonathan Groff

I beat ‘Super Mario Bros 1,’ ‘2,’ and ‘3.’

Jonathan Groff

After ‘Spring Awakening,’ I wanted to do things that are really challenging and outside my comfort zone: things that scare me a little and make me grow.

Jonathan Groff

There’s something special about ‘Looking.’

Jonathan Groff

I was journaling in Florence, and I was like, ‘Oh, I have to come out of the closet. I have to break up with this guy’ – he was my ‘roommate.’ So that was my awakening moment, when I stepped into my own skin while in a foreign country by myself and had a very stereotypical moment of revelation.

Jonathan Groff

I remember telling my mom, ‘Mom, I’m gay, but I’m not going to march in a parade or anything.’ That’s what I was telling my parents and all my friends and everything. I’m gay, but I’m not going to be on a float or something. Cut to five years later, and I was the grand marshal of the gay pride parade.

Jonathan Groff

I can’t think of a better bonding experience than to be able to sit on stage and to watch your fellow performers perform on stage every night.

Jonathan Groff

Don’t let the world define you. In the world of acting, and I think in any profession, really, people are really eager to put you in a box and categorize you as one particular thing.

Jonathan Groff

Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you.

Jonathan Groff

Musical auditions are always the worst because you have to sing and act, and that’s so stressful.

Jonathan Groff

We didn’t have a glee club at my school. It depends on what area of the States you’re from. It’s more in the Midwest.

Jonathan Groff

I was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – in Amish Country!

Jonathan Groff

I went to a local high school in Lancaster. Not much I can say about it; it was pretty much your typical public high school back in Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Groff

As an actor, I have these tics that I don’t even know exist.

Jonathan Groff

I was obsessed with Nintendo.

Jonathan Groff

Ultimately, we’re actors: I’m putting on a costume, so we’re playing pretend.

Jonathan Groff

If I’ve had roadblocks along the way for being gay, I’m not aware of them.

Jonathan Groff

I haven’t had anyone say, ‘No, we can’t because he’s gay.’ In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.

Jonathan Groff

The idea of faking empathy to take a step forward to understanding – it’s a really powerful idea.

Jonathan Groff

When I moved to New York, I wanted to be in the ensemble of ‘Hairspray.’ That was my goal.

Jonathan Groff

I loved traditional musical comedy. That was my passion. Then ‘Spring Awakening’ happened, and it took that rock n’ roll and pop music to change gears for me.

Jonathan Groff

My first film that I got right after ‘Spring Awakening’ was called ‘Taking Woodstock,’ and Ang Lee was the director.

Jonathan Groff

I’d always done musicals, and so living in the world of straight plays and working with off-Broadway actors and living in that community was a completely life-changing experience.

Jonathan Groff

As a kid growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, all I wanted to do was be on Broadway in a musical. ‘Spring Awakening’ kind of answered all of my questions and fulfilled all of my dreams – beyond my wildest dreams.

Jonathan Groff

I ended up doing three very complicated off-Broadway plays that, in certain ways, were not successes in that they were received in a complicated way. But for me they were successes because they forced me to act without singing, which I’d never done before.

Jonathan Groff

If someone pitches me a really great idea for an album, I would do it.

Jonathan Groff

I am such a huge fan of both of those shows – I’ve seen every episode of ‘Sex in the City’ and every episode of ‘Girls’ at least once, some multiple times.

Jonathan Groff

I’ve never met Lena Dunham, but I’m such a huge fan – I think she’s a crazy genius.

Jonathan Groff

I feel like certainly there are people expecting ‘Looking’ to be representative of everyone that’s gay, the entire gay community. And it’s a dangerous expectation to come in watching the show expecting that. Expecting that out of any show.

Jonathan Groff

The word ‘improv’ always makes me feel a little anxious because I always feel like we’ll have to pull props out of a bag and find 800 different ways to talk about a stick, the way you do in theater school.

Jonathan Groff

Before ‘Mindhunter,’ I was doing this show called ‘Looking’ on HBO.

Jonathan Groff

When I was doing ‘Spring Awakening’ the first couple of years I was living in New York, I was gay, and I was living with my ‘roommate,’ who was my boyfriend but was my roommate to everyone else.

Jonathan Groff

Coming out, for me, was slightly painful. It was a relief, but it was also painful.

Jonathan Groff

I got cast for ‘Spring Awakening’ when I was 20. Every dream I had came true in that moment.

Jonathan Groff

There’s kind of a gift in being gay because, if you come out, you’re forced to express yourself.

Jonathan Groff

I did have AOL Instant Messenger when I was in middle school.

Jonathan Groff

When I was 20 years old, I got cast in ‘Spring Awakening’ and got swept up in this experience where it was kind of tunnel vision. We were working – it was nonstop.

Jonathan Groff

I left ‘Spring Awakening,’ and within a month of leaving the show, I came out to my parents and to my friends and broke up with my boyfriend and moved into an apartment of my own and completely changed my life.

Jonathan Groff

I was playing this character, Melchior Gabor, who was a rebel and who was a person who didn’t let the world define him, and who stood up to authority and was this kind of revolutionary… And when I left ‘Spring Awakening,’ I came out of that experience feeling like… I had cultivated this side of my personality that hadn’t existed before.

Jonathan Groff

I moved to New York on October 21, 2004, and it was the day that the Chelsea Grill, a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen on 9th Avenue between 46th and 47th Street, opened. I had never waited a table in my life, but I walked in and lied to the manager in a very J. Pierrepont Finch way.

Jonathan Groff

I’d moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre, and it’s very practical how you do it – I just went to every open call going.

Jonathan Groff