Nothing stands between them — not even underwear. Best mates Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff met whereas taking part in lovers on Broadway in Spring Awakening, and the brand new HBO documentary Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known reveals that they didn’t simply expose themselves on stage.
Michele, 35, and Groff, 37, performed Melchior and Wendla, who’ve a intercourse scene on stage throughout the rock musical, however the Glee alums obtained up shut and personal backstage.
“At one point, I literally showed him my whole vagina,” Michele recalled within the documentary. “He was like: ‘I’ve never seen a woman’s vagina before. Would you show me?’ And I was like, ‘Sure.’ And I took a desk lamp … and showed him. That’s how close we are.”
Groff is overtly homosexual, so he had no expertise with the feminine anatomy till Michele gave him a lesson. The doc detailed this story as they reunited together with the remainder of the Tony Award-winning musical’s unique cast for a fifteenth anniversary live performance.
Michele stated she opened up concerning the weird backstage second as a result of she felt so comfy with the producers. “Honestly, the great thing about this documentary is it’s a wonderful microscope into who we are as individuals, and not just who people think we might be,” she advised Entertainment Weekly in an interview printed on Monday, April 25. “Radical Media and the incredible production team behind this documentary, we felt so safe and comfortable with them.”
The “Christmas in the City” singer added: “It was so wonderful to talk about this material as an adult and get asked real serious questions. Not like, ‘What’s it like to have sex with Jonathan Groff every night?’ So I just felt really comfortable with them. With that level of comfortability came a story of just what goes on behind closed doors between me and Jonathan Groff. That’s only one of them. There’s a lot of other things.”
Groff giggled as he added, “There’s a lot more than that story, for sure.”
Michele laughed, concluding, “That was like a Thursday.”
The Mindhunter alum managed his laughter sufficient to inform Vulture‘s “Stage Whisperer” publication on Monday that Michele’s personal elements are “beautiful.” She quipped, “Thank you so much for saying that, because you didn’t say it in the documentary!”
The comedy was needed backstage, in response to the BFFs. Spring Awakening offers with darkish material, together with rape, abortion and suicide. Addressing the troublesome subjects throughout eight reveals every week took a toll on the cast.
“Playing these characters was really weighing on us emotionally, and for myself my well-being a bit. I was really ready to step out of that world,” Michele defined in an interview with Billboard on Monday. “I remember walking off stage, literally covered in blood, sweat and tears, and I looked at Jonathan and said, ‘I want to be in a show that’s the happiest show in the world. I want to do musical numbers with fireworks and tap-dancing with Kristin Chenoweth.’”
Sound acquainted? She added, “I guess put it out there and it’ll come to fruition – because three years later I ended up on a show called Glee – but I truly knew I needed to do something a little lighter.”
Michele performed Rachel Berry for six seasons on Glee, typically reverse Groff, who popped up intermittently as Jesse St. James.
Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known premieres on HBO Tuesday, May 3, at 9 p.m. ET.
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