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" Coming out, for me, was slightly painful. It was a relief, but it was also painful. "
" When I was doing 'Spring Awakening' the first couple of years I was living in New York, I was gay, and I was living with my 'roommate,' who was my boyfriend but was my roommate to everyone else. "
" I wanted to work with Michael Mayer because I'd seen 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' six times. "
" Even the first suitcase-off-the-train moment, it's easy to be discouraged, frustrated, annoyed, angry. Because you're waiting in freezing weather outside of an open call, and you're like, 'This moment of me right now is not the joy I felt when I was doing J. Pierrepont Finch in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' in high school.' "
" I was journaling in Florence, and I was like, 'Oh, I have to come out of the closet. I have to break up with this guy' - he was my 'roommate.' So that was my awakening moment, when I stepped into my own skin while in a foreign country by myself and had a very stereotypical moment of revelation. "
" With every character, the first thing I want to feel is empathy. "
" I'm a singer who moves well. "
" I'm very selective about television because you sign away so much of your life to it. "
" When you're always onstage, you really have to focus on listening and reacting. "
" I am such a huge fan of both of those shows - I've seen every episode of 'Sex in the City' and every episode of 'Girls' at least once, some multiple times. "
" There's something special about 'Looking.' "
" After 'Spring Awakening,' I wanted to do things that are really challenging and outside my comfort zone: things that scare me a little and make me grow. "
" I love going to the movies. "
" We didn't have a glee club at my school. It depends on what area of the States you're from. It's more in the Midwest. "
" Obviously, gay projects play a special role for me because I am gay, so I'm doubly proud of them. "
" As a kid growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, all I wanted to do was be on Broadway in a musical. 'Spring Awakening' kind of answered all of my questions and fulfilled all of my dreams - beyond my wildest dreams. "
" I smile a lot in my real life. "
" Personally, for me in my life, I think every journey should be an ongoing journey, for anyone. "
" I believe in 'Backstage.' It changed my life. "
" I was playing this character, Melchior Gabor, who was a rebel and who was a person who didn't let the world define him, and who stood up to authority and was this kind of revolutionary... And when I left 'Spring Awakening,' I came out of that experience feeling like... I had cultivated this side of my personality that hadn't existed before. "
" In the first year in New York, I went to this amazing teacher named Jen Waldman. She does lots of different classes, but one of her classes was where you went and worked on a song. And suddenly I felt like an artist again, and because I had worked the whole song, when I went into the audition room, I could connect to something in the 16 bars. "
" The first job I got was a production of 'Fame - the Musical,' at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, and it got me my Equity card, too. I waited 12 hours to be seen for it, though! "
" I remember telling my mom, 'Mom, I'm gay, but I'm not going to march in a parade or anything.' That's what I was telling my parents and all my friends and everything. I'm gay, but I'm not going to be on a float or something. Cut to five years later, and I was the grand marshal of the gay pride parade. "
" For me, there's nothing more valuable as an actor, or better way to learn, than getting to perform in front of a live audience, no matter where you are. Whether it's on Broadway, in Florida, or doing a tour. "
" I would say 'Looking' and 'Spring Awakening' are the most important and personal projects I've ever been apart of. "
" My first film that I got right after 'Spring Awakening' was called 'Taking Woodstock,' and Ang Lee was the director. "
" Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it's meant to take you. "
" I feel like certainly there are people expecting 'Looking' to be representative of everyone that's gay, the entire gay community. And it's a dangerous expectation to come in watching the show expecting that. Expecting that out of any show. "
" There is really nothing like doing a play in New York. "
" I've never had trouble sleeping in my life. "
" If someone pitches me a really great idea for an album, I would do it. "