Check out this clip of Jonathan talking about Lea on SiriusXM
Check out Jonathan and Lea on the set of her Teen Vogue cover shoot.
Jonathan got to interview Lea for March’s issue for Teen Vogue. The interview is below along with a video of Jon getting asked to interview his BFF.
No one knows you better than your best friend. Lea Michele and I have shared some pretty unique experiences since we met eight years ago. We’ve simulated sex more than 1,000 times onstage in Spring Awakening. We’ve performed everything from show tunes to “Like a Virgin” on Glee. I’ve watched her sing for the President and accept Billboard’s first-ever Triple Threat Award, and I’ve seen her laugh so hard that she peed her pants. Since Glee, she has inspired people across the world with her unapologetic ambition, insane talent, and astonishing grace. Me, especially. I sat down with Lea in Venice, California, at one of her favorite restaurants, Gjelina, to talk about her life and her debut album, and to ask the questions only a best friend is allowed to ask.
JONATHAN GROFF: Sitting here in Venice, it’s a far cry from when we met in that dark building in Chelsea, auditioning for Spring Awakening.
LEA MICHELE: It’s so crazy. If you told me then that now we’d be here doing an interview because I was on the cover of Teen Vogue for my album and you have your show Looking, I would be like…
LM & JG: [Simultaneously] You are crazy!
LM: You were literally raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, and I grew up working in the city. The fact that we became best friends is so strange.
JG: What do you expect, when we had to be so intimate with each other in Spring Awakening during such formative years?
LM: If I had to kiss you right now, I most certainly could not.
LM: I don’t think I could. I really think I would laugh too hard. Whereas we used to make the hell out.
JG: Especially onstage. There was that one time—well, maybe I shouldn’t talk about it while we’re eating….
LM: You were sick!
JG: Yes. During the hayloft scene, where we always open-mouth kissed. I had the stomach flu and I was going to vomit in your mouth. You opened your mouth and I was like, “Nuh-uh.”
LM: At intermission you were vomiting so hard! I was laughing hysterically.
JG: It wasn’t funny! I was in so much pain. Ugh.
LM: It’s so true. At the end of the day I would most certainly give up Spring Awakening, which was the greatest experience of my life, to have met you. In this lifetime, if there is anything you need, it’s a best friend. It’s so crazy to talk about Spring Awakening because I feel like we’ve lived 10 lives since then. I was the one always saying to you, “I’ll never get that part. No one will ever hire me.” The biggest limits are the ones you make for yourself. You believed in me a lot.
JG: And now your debut album is about to be released. It’s kind of incredible, huh?
LM: During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist. I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy—my relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, “I’m going to challenge myself and do this record now.” It’s obviously pop, but I think it shows me off as a singer.
JG: I feel like I’ve never heard you sound this way before.
LM: It’s me. It’s Lea. It’s not Rachel Berry. It’s not Lea on Broadway….
JG: Why is it called Louder?
LM: Louder is like me. I’m loud, I come from an Italian family, I don’t stop talking.
JG: Oh, I know! What’s your favorite song on the album?
LM: My favorite song is, 100 percent, “You’re Mine.” I listened to it the other day—it was the one song I had the most emotional reaction to, just because that’s my relationship with Cory.
JG: What was Cory’s favorite song?
LM: He was such a fan, you don’t understand. He would be like, “You’re going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?” He would say, “This is going to be big!” And I’d be like, “I don’t know.” He heard every song and gave me his notes on everything. He loved “Battlefield.” I’m getting chills thinking about it. I would say “Burn with You” was his favorite. He came into the studio that day.
JG: I feel like the world has been compassionately watching to see how you would react to what happened. And across the board, you’ve presented yourself in such a classy way. You really are the quintessential role model. And as your friend, watching you go through what you went through, I saw you exhibit so much strength. Where do you think that strength comes from? I can’t comprehend it.
LM: I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There’s just something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me—if I fall or if it’s too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me.
Lea is on the cover of March’s issue of Teen Vogue. She got to do the photoshoot with Jonathan and he got to interview her! Check out her tweets below:
My @TeenVogue cover is out!!! So excited to finally show it to you guys…. pic.twitter.com/29aiOyIHI1
Thank you @TeenVogue for a great shoot! pic.twitter.com/KBpD6V1njc
Got to take some great pics with my best friend Jonathan Groff! @TeenVogue #Cover pic.twitter.com/9tEnLxQ78V
Thank you to a great glam team @melaniemakeup @benskervin and @Ashlie_Johnson! @TeenVogue pic.twitter.com/EvCe60Equ6
Took some fun behind the scenes pics at my @TeenVogue shoot.. Make sure to pick up a copy! #marchissue
I love this picture:) Thank you so much @TeenVogue! pic.twitter.com/rGQHTAMuVO
Jonathan talks about Lea and the possiblity of her gueststarring on Looking! Lea also attended the premiere with Jonathan.
It’s been seven whole years since the off-Broadway premiere of Spring Awakening, the youth-oriented musical that became a Tony-winning Broadway musical hit and introduced the world to such breakout stars as Lea Michele (Glee), Jonathan Groff (Frozen), and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom).
Now, the Atlantic Theatre Company has reassembled the entire original cast to launch a new social-media campaign, ATC Uncovered, which aims to connect fans to the inner-workings of the off-Broadway company. In addition to the the exclusive video below, in which Michele and Groff recall the first performances of Spring Awakening in ATC’s tiny 199-seat theater, the program will include a live-stream Facebook Q&A event with the cast on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by original castmate Brian Charles Johnson.
“This is where our love blossomed,” Michele and Groff say of the reunion, captured in this exclusive video clip. It’s really an amazing thing to watch these twentysomethings rekindle their friendship. Watch below, and prepare to have your “Totally F—ed” memories come flooding back!
Come 2014, the original cast of “Glee” will all be back together again when the 100th episode airs on Fox. And there’s no one more excited than Lea Michele.
“I’m so excited. I can’t wait to [see] everyone at work. I’m so excited to see Amber [Riley]. I’m so excited to Mark [Salling] and Harry [Shum Jr.] and Dianna [Agron] and Heather [Morris]. I think Kristen Chenoweth is coming back,” she told MTV News. “I’m trying so hard to get Jonathan Groff to come back for an episode. It’s gonna be great… I think the 100th episode is going to be very emotional, obviously, surrounded by the family. It’s like we can do anything together.”
Jonathan talks about Lea in his interview with Just Jared for Spotlight of the Week:
JJ: Do you see yourself working with Lea Michele again in the future?
JG: I hope so! I’m having dinner with her tonight and I see her all the time. I love working with her and it’s the same thing with Ryan Murphy. When you go back to work with someone that you’ve worked with before, there is a shorthand and an ease. With her and I, we’ve done such intense and intimate work together on Spring Awakening and then we had so much fun on Glee. I know that we’ll be in each others lives forever, but it would be fun to continue that creative collaboration as well.
JJ: Lea called you out on TV for not calling on her birthday last year. What did you do to make up for it this year?
JG: So she had a little party that I obviously attended. [Laughs] There is this nickname that a yoga teacher called us that we sort of latched onto, which we thought was really funny, and so I got t-shirts made of that for both of us to wear. You know how they make t-shirts for family reunions? I got t-shirts like that made, so that was my birthday present to her.
JJ: What was the nickname?
JG: I’m not going to tell you! [Laughs]
JJ: Speaking of Pennsylvania, Skylar Astin told us to ask you about when you guys took a trip up to Lancaster and to have you tell us what he did to make you stay up all night crying of laughter.
JG: [Laughs] Okay, I remember the trip… What he did? Oh, he has got his stories confused. Because I know now what he is talking about, but that happened on a different trip. When we went to Lancaster, we went as a cast. I went skinny dipping in my pool with my brother and John Gallagher Jr. Skylar was in bed, so that doesn’t make any sense for that, but what I think he’s trying to say is when we went with Lea’s family to the Hamptons. He and I and Lea and a couple of the other cast members were staying up till all hours and he had us laughing so hard because he was doing an impression of Jenna Ushkowitz [in Spring Awakening. She] is a cast member on Glee and was in Spring Awakening with us. It made us all hysterically laugh. She was there as well. That’s when he was doing it. But he got his stories a little confused so I’ve got to call him and call him out on that.