The intimate conversation flows exactly as it should between two best friends; and it reads like we’re simply listening in. They begin by marveling at how far they’ve both come since they first met at the “Spring Awakening” audition that would inevitably bond them for life.
Lea says, “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...
And they both finish the sentence simultaneously with exactly the same phrase (as best friends often do), “You are crazy!”
Indeed, what a ride it’s been since Lea Michele originated the role of Wendla in “Spring Awakenings” on Broadway where Ryan Murphy found her and subsequently wrote the role of “Glee’s” Rachel Berry just for her.
Lea remarked how strange it is that they became friends, given that Jonathan was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and she grew up in the city. Jonathan felt they were destined for friendship, given the level of physical intimacy they shared in “Spring Awakenings.”
Let’s not forget Jonathan also gave Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) his first real competition for Rachel’s affection on “Glee” in his role as the dashing and sometimes dastardly Jesse St. James, who seemed to steal Rachel’s heart for a while. Will we ever forget their smolderng duet of Lionel Richie's smash hit "Hello?"
Now, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff are both involved in exciting new projects with the Mar. 4 debut of Lea’s first solo album “Louder” quickly approaching and Jonathan’s Jan. 19 “Looking” series premiere on HBO.
Lea’s album singles “Cannonball” and the just-released ballad “What is Love?” have exploded on the iTunes charts around the world. She told Jonathan her favorite song on the album is “You’re Mine,” which is for her on and off-screen boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died tragically last July due to an accidental drug overdose.
It’s been a rough year for Lea in the wake of such an incredibly personal loss. Like “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy, Jonathan credits his best friend for her incredible strength and asked her where she draws it from.
She candidly replied, “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.”
Jonathan Groff has undoubtedly been a huge support in that safety net and he will most assuredly continue to catch her when she needs it most.
“Glee” returns to WSMH FOX66 in Flint on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET and “Looking” airs on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.