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15th Aug 2012

Wednesday // 4am // 2 years ago

The Daily at The Daily with John Gallagher Jr.

Some of you may be interested in this! John Gallagher Jr. recently did an interview with The Daily at The Daily to promote his new show, Newsroom. In the interview, he gets asked if he is interested in gueststarring on Glee. It starts around 3:22.

14th Aug 2012

Tuesday // 5am // 2 years ago

More Out Magazine Outtakes & More

It seems like I keep missing adding some pics lately on Jon without realizing. I have added the rest of his Out Magazine outtakes along with adding more from after party of Red open night. The Chateau Marmont pics are now all HQs.

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August 12 2012: “Red” Los Angeles Opening Night - After Party

13th Aug 2012

Monday // 6pm // 2 years ago

"Red" Los Angeles Opening Night pics added

I have added new pics of Jon at the opening night of Red yesterday! Lots of celebrities attended the opening night. I have posted some of them over at Jonathan Groff Network. Check out the pics of Jon during performance and at the after party.

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August 12 2012: “Red” Los Angeles Opening Night Performance
August 12 2012: “Red” Los Angeles Opening Night - After Party

13th Aug 2012

Monday // 1am // 2 years ago

Leaving Chateau Marmont candids

I have added new pics of Jonathan leaving Chateau Marmont yesterday. I have decided to add these because they were event related.

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08-11-12: Leaving Chateau Marmont

I will add some of the pics I have at the stage door of Red on Friday! I saw Red and met Jonathan that day :)

06th Aug 2012

Monday // 4pm // 2 years ago

Out Magazine’s interview with Jonathan Groff

Check out Out Magazine's interview with Jonathan:

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About a year ago, Jonathan Groff made a promise to himself. Well, two, actually.

“The first was to stop drinking Diet Coke because, I kid you not, I used to drink five or six a day. I was addicted,” he admits. “And I decided to stop looking at myself on the Internet.”

The actor first caught the public’s eye for his Tony Award–nominated performance in the 2006 Broadway musical Spring Awakening, then quickly became one of TV’s dreamiest tenors when he snagged the role of Jesse St. James on Fox’s smash hit Glee. Still, trolling the web for news about himself wasn’t doing much for his confidence. “Your ego wants to see, of course, but I was looking at myself online — with a Diet Coke in hand, I’m sure — and thought, You know what? This is doing me no good.” He quit both immediately.

It’s safe to assume that Groff has little time for cyber-narcissism these days. He spent this past summer juggling two back-to-back projects, wrapping his role opposite Kelsey Grammer in the sophomore season of the STARZ series Boss in Chicago before jetting to L.A. for a limited engagement in the play Red. In fact, the only free moment he had to chat was while weaving through traffic, en route to rehearsal for the production.

Groff is the newbie on a team that has worked on two previous runs of the acclaimed drama; first on London’s West End in 2009 and then on Broadway in 2010, in a version that starred Eddie Redmayne. “You have reverence and respect for the history that’s there, but also feel free to bring your own thing to it,” he says. The two-person show, which centers on the fictional relationship between artist Mark Rothko and his assistant, has Groff going tête-à-tête with cinema vet Alfred Molina for 90 minutes.

Though he admits the project is exhausting, he’s glad to have returned to his theatrical roots. “It’s incredibly complex and intense,” he says. “We’re painting a huge canvas onstage. But it’s a dream job.”

He’ll have a similar face-off in Boss as Ian Todd, adviser to Grammer’s Chicago mayor, Tom Kane. “He’s this young, super-ambitious, smart guy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get ahead,” Groff says of his character, before adding that he’s harboring “a gigantic secret.” He likens Ian to Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, a confidant whose intentions are far from pure, or even clear. Groff won’t divulge any spoilers but admits that Todd would “sleep with anyone — men or women — to advance in the political world. His sexuality comes from a place of power.”

Groff, however, has long been transparent about his sexuality. He came out early in his career at a march for gay rights in Washington, D.C., when a reporter asked him why he was there. “I just told her,” he says. “I sort of always knew, in the back of my mind, that when the moment arrived for me to come out, I would. I wasn’t yanked out of the closet.” Groff was singled out, along with Sean Hayes, in a much criticized 2010 Newsweek article questioning the merits of gay actors playing straight, but his nonchalance on the subject points to a grounded, what-of-it mentality.

“When I came out, people said it may have a negative effect on my career, and that’s definitely something I thought about before I did it,” he admits. “But I don’t hold that belief. I just go on my auditions and plug away as I normally would. At the end of my career, I can look back and ask, ‘Well, did it, or didn’t it?’ But at the moment, I just have to move forward and hope that people will follow my actions.”

Mario Van Peebles, who directs Groff in Boss, commends his decision, saying, “Jonathan is part of a new breed of actor who says, ‘I am who I am’ — someone who is smart, talented, sexy, and happens to be out.” Michael Grandage, who directed Groff in Red, agrees. “Most people are defined by their sexuality, so hiding it would be anathema to any sane person who wants to express themselves creatively,” he says. “He’s leading a new generation of actors who approach everything they do with freedom and honesty. I admire his ability to cut through the crap.”

Though he splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, Groff has planted himself firmly on the West Coast for the run of Red. His favorite haunt is not a trendy bar or hip restaurant but a public pool, the name of which he won’t reveal. “It’s such a well-kept secret,” he says. His mother was a gym teacher, and swimming is part of his fitness routine, but Groff bemoans his strict diet while filming Boss. “You’re meant to eat deep-dish pizza in Chicago, and I mostly eat chicken or broccoli or eggs,” he says. But he has a valid excuse for the self-deprivation. “I mean, the show is on STARZ, so I definitely get naked at some point.”

Boss’s second season premieres August 17. Red runs through September 9 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.


04th Aug 2012

Saturday // 3am // 2 years ago

Glee “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” Deleted Scene

Thanks to Lea’s tweet request to Ryan! We finally got the Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love scene between Lea and Jon from Season 1! Sorry I didn’t post this earlier. I was out the whole day yesterday. So I didn’t get to finally watch it till now!

03rd Aug 2012

Friday // 5pm // 2 years ago

Red Production Photos

I have added production photos of Jonathan in Red. Remember to buy tickets to see Jon in Red. The run ends on September 9.

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Production Photos

03rd Aug 2012

Friday // 2am // 2 years ago

TCA 2012: Boss Panel & Interview

I have added pics of Jonathan at the Boss panel during Summer TCA Press Tour earlier today including the coverage and interview with The Hollywood Reporter. I will replace the pics with bigger HQs later.

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08-02-12: Summer TCA 2012 - “Boss” Panel

Starz’s political drama Boss added a touch of Glee when the series about a shady Chicago mayor battling a city and an incurable degenerative disease added Jonathan Groff for its second season.

Broadway veteran Groff was fresh off a role on Fox’s Glee, playing the wily coach of New Directions rival Vocal Adrenaline. On the Starz drama, however, Groff’s singing and dancing ways are history as he steps in to play Ian Todd, Mayor Tom Kane’s (Kelsey Grammer) new right-hand man following the shocking death of Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan) in the season finale.

"Ian Todd is … very ambitious, very smart, very green," Groff told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. "He’s trying to catch up with all the things in the office and trying to make his way — and get as close to Mayor Kane as he can … and holding on to deep dark secrets at same the time."

While the role is a far cry from Groff’s singing ways on Glee — his new co-star Sanaa Lathan joked that there would be “occasional song-and-dance number,” and Grammer added that “Boss: The Musical can be seen at the Pantages” — Groff noted it was that departure that drew him to the part.

"It’s the complete opposite of my experience on Glee; they’re two completely different projects and there’s something about the Shakespearean and dramatic element of the show that I was really excited to sink my teeth into," Groff told The Hollywood Reporter after the session. "Both Glee and Boss are very unique in their own ways, and as an actor, you’re trying to push yourself and do new things. This opportunity provided that in many ways."

While Groff hasn’t heard from Glee producers about whether his Jesse St. James could return in Season 4, he’d welcome the call. “The last time it happened, they called me two weeks before; I never know what to expect from them, but certainly I’d love to go back,” he said. “They think of the craziest, most exciting things, so whatever they would think of, I’d be thrilled to do.”

As for Boss, executive producer Farhad Safinia expressed his disappointment with the TV Academy’s recent Emmy snub for Grammer, calling his lack of nomination a “travesty.”

"I just don’t understand it; the moment he’s in, the performance he’s giving in both seasons is simply undeniably great," said Safinia, who noted he was "heartbroken" with the show’s ratings performance. "The only explanation I can come up with is people didn’t get a chance to see it."

Despite garnering a Golden Globe series nom and win for Grammer, the show failed to catch on with viewers, with Starz reminding reporters that the numbers were only one factor to help determine the show’s success.

"I didn’t get a SAG nomination and figured a lot of the same people were voting for the Emmys; I didn’t think I was going to get one," Grammer added. "For some reason, my peers don’t seem to think this is worth recognizing."

Season 2, they noted, would continue to see Kane work to become more of a fully realized human being. “Tom in this part of the story has discovered there are gaps in his life he’d like to fill in or at least try to,” Grammer said. “He realizes he’s not a fully realized human being and only has so many avenues to explore to make that different. He makes some attempts, whether they’re successful or not … left up to conjecture and whatever future we may find.”

Grammer, who took a phone call midpanel, noted at the end of the session that there some things that “are more important,” with his wife Kayte among them. The couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Faith, on July 13.

Boss’ second season premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, on Starz.


02nd Aug 2012

Thursday // 2pm // 2 years ago

TheaterMania: Jonathan Groff talks about Red

Check out Jon’s interview with TheaterMania where he discusses about Red which opened at Mark Taper Forum yesterday. He even gets asked about working with Lea:

Jonathan Groff — whose career skyrocketed following his Tony Award-nominated turn as the impassioned Melchior in the megahit Broadway musical Spring Awakening — is always ready for a an exciting new challenge. In the past few years, he’s taken on leading stage roles in the Public Theater’s productions of Hair and The Bacchae, the London production of Deathtrap, and Jeff Talbott’s controversial Off-Broadway play The Submission, and appeared in such films and television series as Taking Woodstock, Glee, and Boss.

Now, Groff is co-starring in John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play Red at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. In the play, Alfred Molina reprises his Broadway and London role as abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, while Groff plays the famous artist’s fictional protégé, Ken (a role originated by Tony winner Eddie Redmayne). Groff recently spoke to TheaterMania about his new role and the highlights of his budding career.

THEATERMANIA: What are the primary challenges you have faced in preparing for this production of Red?
JONATHAN GROFF: The first challenge was being the new kid coming into the show with people who already knew it incredibly well and very intimately. There’s a certain respect you must have for what they have done. But you also need to be able to speak up and incorporate your own ideas about the character. Fortunately, things could be tweaked and adjusted, based on the relationship that Alfred and I have formed in the rehearsal room. Also, when we first read the play, Alfred and Michael Grandage [the director] and John all said that we were looking at this as a new production, and that we should be open to new energy and ideas. There’s been a lot of discovery in the rehearsal process. Every time I do it, I understand more of what I’m speaking about.

TM: How has this been different from other plays you’ve done?
JG: I’ve never done a two-hander before. When you’re always onstage, you really have to focus on listening and reacting. Alfred Molina is one of the nicest people on the planet and a complete master. I’ve never been in rehearsals for a play before where I’ve gotten chills, on a daily basis. The hairs in my neck stand up listening to Alfred saying these lines.

TM: Is it true that you abandoned plans for a college education when your career got rolling so quickly?
JG: I was definitely planning to go to college, but I deferred my admission to Carnegie Mellon, to be in a non-equity tour of The Sound of Music. But I made very little money in the tour and college is really expensive, and I thought I’d never be able to pay off those loans. So I moved to New York, waited tables for about a year, got an Equity card and went to North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts that summer. Then I got in In My Life, a short-lived Broadway show as an understudy. A couple of months later, I got cast in Spring Awakening. I’ve been fortunate that my career has developed through on-the-job training.

TM: Your career also quickly diversified. Are things going the way you had hoped?
JG: When I first went to New York after my tour, I wanted just to do musical theater. I had done straight plays in high school, but musicals were my number one goal. That was my passion. And then Spring Awakening happened so quickly. Fortunately for me, they were looking for untrained young kids and so that show changed my whole life. After that my goal became to do as many things as I possibly could, which luckily, I have been able to do. I realized the need to develop and grow.

TM: I think a lot of people would like to see you back on Glee, where you were paired with your former Spring Awakening co-star Lea Michele. Was that a fun gig?
JG: Lea and I know each other so well as friends and so intimately as actors that the chemistry between us is quick to tap into, because of all the time we had spent together on stage eight times a week. There’s sort of an immediate connection for us, so when we get to work together it’s so much fun. The only bad thing is we make each other laugh a lot. I’m always the first one to go, and she gets very frustrated with me when I just lose it. It’s sort of one of those things that hurts so good.


01st Aug 2012

Wednesday // 5pm // 2 years ago

Boss 2x01 Sneak Peek

Check out the sneak peek of Jonathan Groff in Season 2 of Boss which premieres on August 17!

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