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11/13/2013 12:14 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Actor Jonathan Groff Hopes HBO's 'Looking' Will Depict 'Reality Of Gay Sex,' Not 'Salaciousness'

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The new HBO gay dramedy, "Looking," has generated a lot of buzz, and actor Jonathan Groff says he hopes it delivers by depicting the "reality of gay sex."

The 28-year-old recently spoke with Out magazine about the highly anticipated show. Groff, who is gay himself, admitted he has filmed some sex scenes.

"I hope that our sex scenes are sexy — and I think that they are — but I think even more than that what we’re trying to display is a reality of gay sex as opposed to the salaciousness of gay sex," he said. "We’re trying just to keep it real—which means humor. Some of our sex scenes are very emotional and very beautiful. Some of our sex scenes are awkward. We’re trying to get as close to reality as we possibly can. Hopefully, when people watch it, you’ll think, Oh, I’ve had that exact experience. I know what it feels like to be intimate with someone in that way."

"Sometimes sex scenes in TV shows feel like they’re thrown in there, and I think ours are pretty character connected and character-driven," he added.

Groff similarly opened up about "Looking" during interview with BuzzFeed in September.

“We’re not showing sex to be sexy, necessarily,” Groff noted. “When is the last time we’ve seen gay sex dealt with in a very frank and realistic way? Normally, it’s very salacious and sexy, which it is, but there are complicated things about having sex as gay men that I think hopefully we’ll address on our show.”

He added that shows like "Will & Grace" and "Modern Family" showed gays as "sort of middle America... Hopefully, now we can show a different side of it.”

"Looking" focuses on the story of a group of gay friends living in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first episode was directed by "Weekend" director Andrew Haigh and features openly gay actors like Groff (who was previously on "Glee") and Russell Tovey.

Some have preemptively dubbed it the "gay 'Girls,'" but others see it as an important addition to the pop culture spectrum.

"I think it's important to be true to life and show what the vibe here is in San Francisco," an bystander at one of HBO's filmings in San Francisco told local news station KTVU about the upcoming series. "It shows a step in the right direction."

"Looking" premieres on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

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