In a new interview for dot429.com Jonathan Groff talks about his friendship with Lea:
KS: You and Russell seemed to have had it. I got a hard-on watching some of those scenes.
JG: Yeah. You’ve told me that before, Kevin. I love that. I feel like that’s such a compliment. But again, it is about intimacy. For example, when I was with Lea [Michele] in Spring Awakening, we were incredibly intimate in that show. I had to act like I was fingering her and penetrating her and coming inside her—all that technical sexual shit. What really sold it, though, was the energy between us and the trust we had in each other. We really went there emotionally with each other. It had nothing to do with the physical act of a dick in a vagina. We had good chemistry from the minute we met, Lea and I.
KS: Did she know you were in the closet back then?
JG: We never talked about it.
KS: I remember when I’d come backstage and hang a bit with you she’d give me that “Who’s this old gay guy?” glare as if she were protecting you, or maybe she even had a crush on you herself. You and Lea have remained really close friends.
JG: We have. I never went to college, but I imagine it’s what it’s like when you bond with someone in college. We were on a very wild ride together during those Spring Awakening days. Plus, we weren’t who we were yet. We were still figuring out who we were, like you do in college. We were having such a deep and intense experience doing that show together. So we developed—and continue to have—a very intimate friendship that can only happen when you’re that age and you’re not who you are. But we never talked about my personal life. It is amazing to me, now that I made that part of myself so off-limits that even Lea didn’t ask me about it.