Jonathan Groff graces our cover this week, and he chats with Backstage about his roles in "C.O.G.," "Frozen," and HBO's "Looking." Check out a sneak peek from the feature below!
Jonathan Groff On Finding the Joy in Pounding the Pavement
As a former Backstage reader, “Looking” and “Spring Awakening” star Jonathan Groff knows how daunting making a career can seem when you try to make a living out of doing what you love. “It’s so easy to get the joy sucked out of you,” he says. “Even at the beginning. Even the first suitcase-off-the-train moment, it’s easy to be discouraged, frustrated, annoyed, angry. Because you’re waiting in freezing weather outside of an open call and you’re like, ‘This moment of me right now is not the joy I felt when I was doing J. Pierrepont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in high school.’ ”
Calling rediscovering that joy a “constant need,” Groff recommends finding a class or studio. “In the first year in New York, I went to this amazing teacher named Jen Waldman,” he says. “She does lots of different classes, but one of her classes was where you went and worked on a song. And suddenly I felt like an artist again, and because I had worked the whole song, when I went into the audition room, I could connect to something in the 16 bars. It’s so important to find that fire. There’s so much out there to remove the joy from the equation, which is the only reason to do it for me.”