But at the same time, my parents always encouraged my brother and me to be happy with what we were doing.
My parents were athletes in high school; my mom and my dad were the stars of the basketball team, but they never pushed my brother and me to be anything we didn't want to be." Groff graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2003 and intended to attend Carnegie Mellon University, but deferred his admission for a year when he was cast as Rolf in a Non-Equity national tour of The Sound of Music.
Saying the project "meant so much" to him as an actor, he finds some solace in the fact that HBO has announced plans for a two-hour "special" to conclude the series, and notes, "For me, the sadness was more based on our having found our stride in the second season and expanded our world. I am grateful that we at least get to come back and put a little closure on the experience.
This fall, he'll return to Broadway in the hotly-anticipated new musical, "Hamilton," and recently wrapped a starring turn in "A New Brain" at New York City Center.
Still, he gets sentimental when discussing "Looking," which received strong reviews but nonetheless struggled to find an audience over the course of two seasons.
Groff rose to prominence in 2006 for his performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
He returned to Broadway in 2015 to play the role of King George III in Hamilton, a performance for which he earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
After the tour, Groff decided to move to New York City instead.
While still living in Lancaster, Groff performed at the Fulton Opera House in The Sound of Music, Ragtime, Evita, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, and Rags and The Ephrata Performing Arts Center as Edgar in Bat Boy: The Musical and Ugly in Honk! Groff earned his Actors' Equity Association card in 2005, with the musical Fame at the North Shore Music Theatre.Joking that he knew he "wouldn't be the male romantic lead in a Nicholas Sparks movie" after coming out, Jonathan Groff nonetheless says there are a lot of advantages to being openly gay in show business."I’d rather be a working actor and not hiding anything in my personal life," Groff tells Kevin Sessums in the new issue of Four Two Nine magazine.He held the role for the remainder of the show's Off-Broadway production, through May 3, 2015.Groff, along with the rest of the cast, won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for appearing as a featured performer on the original Broadway cast recording.In August 2009, Groff performed in The Bacchae as Dionysus, as a part of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park.