If King George from the Broadway hit Hamilton looks familiar, it’s because the actor who plays him, Jonathan Groff, has also been a star in popular television shows and movies, including The Good Wife, Glee, Frozen, and Netflix’s Mindhunter, per IMDB. And his first really big break was performing in the rock musical Spring Awakening. The two-time Tony Award-nominee played Melchior, a teen in 1890s Germany who is coming to terms with his sexuality — which mirrored Groff’s own life at the time (via Playbill). “I got cast for Spring Awakening when I was 20, ” he told GQ. Every dream I had came true in that moment. But I was closeted — I’d kept a journal every day for years, but I never journaled about the real stuff, because I was always afraid someone would read it.”
He said after the show ended, he went to Italy by himself for two weeks and decided to come out, which he said was a truly awakening moment for him. “There’s kind of a gift in being gay, because if you come out, you’re forced to express yourself,” Groff said. “All the projects that I’ve done since that moment have so much more meaning. And I realized whether you’re playing a gay or straight person, it’s all the same. We all have heartbreak and love.”
Jonathan Groff has been entertaining us for more than a decade
Groff went on to star opposite Lea Michele in Glee, portraying Jesse, a rival glee club member, and later, a love interest of Michele’s character, Rachel (via Entertainment Weekly). Showing his incredible acting range, he’s also voiced Kristoff in Disney’s mega hit Frozen films. Groff told NPR the experience was interesting for him, because he had never done voiceover before. He said he explored many different voices before landing on the perfect one for his character. I’m sure kids around the world would agree.
However, his role in Broadway smash-hit Hamilton, really allowed him to learn how to connect to an audience in a more intimate way. “I also learned about how you can do a lot with very little — as in, it’s nine minutes of stage time, but also, it’s the little eye movements, eyebrow movements, hand movements,” Groff explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “You could do one small thing and have a huge impact in a 1,300-seat Broadway theater, which is such a surprise.”
Next up for Groff? He’ll star opposite Keanu Reeves in the Matrix 4.
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