Jonathan Groff, King George in 'Hamilton,' Has Such a Cool Backstory

Um, did you know Groff was also Kristoff in Frozen?

Jonathan Groff
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Even if you think you don't know Jonathan Groff, prolific actor of stage and screen, you've definitely heard him. The deliciously douchey King George in Hamilton is also the voice of Kristoff in Frozen and Frozen II, and has been in a number of popular shows, including GleeMindhunter, and Looking. He's a tremendous singer and a versatile actor; I happen to love how unabashedly evil he can be in his roles, but he plays straitlaced and sweet well, too. He stays away from social media and is private about his personal life, but he's garnered fans around the world for his Broadway roles and, more recently, his TV and movie work as well. So what do we know about him?

Jonathan Groff got his start in the theater.

He's actually from Lancaster, PA, and is half Mennonite. He got his big start in the now-iconic Spring Awakening. If the actor next to him looks familiar, it is none other than Lea Michele: 

He also acted alongside Michele again in Glee:

He was in the cult classic movie and TV show Looking:

And he's been in a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including HairThe Bacchae, and Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently, Groff plays the quiet, buttoned-up FBI agent Holden Ford in David Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix (big content warning for rape, violence, murder if you don't know what the show is about):

And apparently he'll be in The Matrix 4

People love Groff as King George in Hamilton.

King George gets less than 10 minutes of time on stage during the play, but Groff absolutely nails the smarminess. IRL, Groff apparently has a wonderful relationship with Miranda and the rest of the cast, and has said he loves how the role brings in the idea of the Revolutionary War feeling like a breakup:

As you might have seen, Groff made headlines for a bit of a random reason after the play debuted on—the fact that viewers noticed he spits a lot in his King George performance? Listen, though: As a singer, I know this challenge really well—sometimes it's just the mechanics of your lungs and vocal cords. Groff is apparently known for his, uh, phlegm, and has addressed it before several times throughout the course of his Broadway history: "I don’t know what it is. I guess I have a lot of saliva in my mouth. I actually don’t think about it too much, unless I’m in a good scene with someone and I can see it hitting their face."

Groff is dating Corey Baker.

Groff, who's notoriously private and isn't on social media, has been previously linked to Gavin Creel and Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and has been out since the end of Spring Awakening. He met Baker, a choreographer, in New Zealand while they were both teaching at a musical theater summer school. He has talked a little bit about their sweet meet-cute:

And he lives a low-key life in Chelsea, Manhattan.

This article has been updated.

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Katherine J. Igoe

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