Jonathan Groff, perhaps best known as Jesse St. James on Glee, appreciates concern over the attention generated by stills from a full-frontal nude scene he filmed years ago but shrugs it off as just part of his job, reports New York magazine.
The actor, who came out publicly as gay two years ago during the National Equality March, filmed a brief full-frontal nude scene for the drama Twelve Thirty, which received a brief theatrical release in January. Stills from Groff's nude scene in the film, which was released on DVD Tuesday, appeared on numerous websites and blogs last week. The photos created a stir among admirers of Groff and Glee, with links to the photos sent via Twitter, and many fans expressing both appreciation and disdain at the unexpected images.
Groff says he had no idea the nude scene was such a big deal. "I did that movie a couple years ago," he says. "I really loved doing that movie, and Jeff Lipsky, our director, had done this thing, Flannel Pajamas, which had some nudity in it as well, and the thing about the nudity in that movie that he was trying to capture in our movie was the reality of it, and not trying to hide it or cut away when people would normally be naked, so, I don't know, it's just a movie I did!"
Groff takes the interest in stride. "I don't think about how it'll end up on the Internet. I just do my work and whatever happens, happens," he says, before adding, "I love that you're so concerned about me. People, you know, people do what they do on the Internet. But I appreciate your concern."
Groff, a versatile, in-demand 26-year-old actor, previously starred in Broadway productions of Hair and Spring Awakening, in which he had a brief rear nude scene, and in the gay-themed film Taking Woodstock. He is expected to return to Glee this season.