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When a closeted Jonathan Groff made his boyfriend sit in back of theater at Tony Awards

When a closeted Jonathan Groff made his boyfriend sit in back of theater at Tony Awards

Jonathan Groff may be one of the more famous openly gay actors around today but it always that way.

The star of HBO’s Looking recalled this week how he made his boyfriend sit in the back of Radio City Music Hall the year Groff attended The Tony Awards as a nominee for Spring Awakening.

‘I didn’t bring him as my date,’ Groff said while accepting an award from the Point Foundation Monday night.

Groff, now 30, had made a name for himself on Spring Awakening but was not ready to share with the world that he was gay at the age of 21.

‘Even though I was performing eight times a week in a show about the importance of self-expression and the danger of sexual repression, I kept my relationship with my "roommate" a secret,’ he told the crowd at at the New York Public Library.

‘I was still very scared and insecure about being gay. I did the stupidest things. And I went to great lengths to keep my cast and crew from asking me about my "roommate." For example, I never had him come to the theater, and I never invited him out after the show.

‘Opening night was tricky because he was there, but I worked it out, so all the pictures that night were group shots, and I’m not even standing next to him.’

Groff came out publicly when he was 23 during the National Equality March in Washington.

H/T: Gold Derby