Jonathan Groff is a stage, film and TV actor and also a singer. He rose to prominence in 2006 as the lead star of the Broadway adaptation of Spring Awakening which earned him a Tony Award nomination. He delved into film and TVafterwards while still maintaining a strong presence on stage. In 2015, Groff returned to Broadway for the production of Hamilton and his portrayal of the character King George III earned him a second Tony Award nomination.
Just like his stage credits, Jonathan Groff has equally done well for himself on the small screen as well as the big screen. He voiced the male lead character Kristoff in the highly successful 2013 Walt Disney animated film Frozen. The multitalented actor is equally known for his work on the Netflix series Mindhunter starring as the show’s lead character Holden Ford.
Who Is Jonathan Groff?
Jonathan Drew Groff was born on March 26, 1985, in Ronks, a small community in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His mother Julie is a school teacher while his father Jim Groff is a horse trainer. He was raised alongside one sibling, an older brother David. He schooled at Conestoga Valley High School and upon graduation in 2003, he enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. However, he deferred his college admission for one year after landing a role in a nation-wide tour of The Sound of Music. Groff never made it back to college as his acting career got the better of him.
He began his acting career in the early 2000s as a stage actor. Among several notable stage credits, he was the first actor to portray the character Melchior Gabor in the Broadway production of the musical Spring Awakening (2006-08). His brilliant performance earned him much critical acclaim including nominations for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
Groff veered into film and television following his breakout performance in Spring Awakening. He had recurring roles in the soap opera One Life to Live (2007) as well as the comedy musical series Glee (2010-15). He was on the main cast of the short-lived series Boss (2012) and he was the lead star of the comedy-drama series Looking (2014-15). He currently stars as FBI Special Agent Holden Ford, the lead character of the Netflix crime series Mindhunter (2017–present).
Jonathan Groff also has several big screen credits to his name including the voice role of Kristoff in the animated musical box-office monster Frozen (2013). He also reprised his role in the film’s sequel Frozen Fever (2015) and is also billed to feature in another sequel Frozen 2 (2019).
While his on-screen career continues to soar, Jonathan Groff has also remained steady with his stage performances. He has recorded several notable stage credits including a brilliant portrayal of King George III in the Broadway production of Hamilton (2015–16), for which he was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The multitalented actor also featured on the cast recording for Hamilton which won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Is He Gay? Who is His Boyfriend?
Jonathan Groff is an openly gay man. The Hollywood star came out of the closet during the National Equality March of October 2009 held in Washington. In terms of relationships, Groff has dated a number of A-listers including fellow actors Gavin Creel (2009-10) and Zachary Quinto (2010-13).
Apparently, the actor may have chosen to stay off dating since he broke up with his ex-boyfriend Zachary Quinto in 2013. There have been no reports of him getting involved with anybody else. There is also a slight possibility that he may be dating someone but has opted to keep it private.
Relationship With Lea Michele
Jonathan Groff has a long-term friendship with actress Lea Michele. The two first met in 2006 when they both featured in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening. Groff and Michele also worked together on the series Glee with Groff starring as Jesse St. James, the love interest of Michele’s character Rachel Berry.
Their flawless on-screen chemistry also got many Glee fans wondering if it would translate into a real-life relationship. However, the duo has remained platonic and their relationship has not turned exclusive. Interestingly, Lea Michele has chosen Jonathan Groff to be her maid of honour when she walks down the aisle with her fiancé, Zandy Reich.