"It's really hard for me to watch the Halloween speech [in the "Looking for Gordon Freeman" episode of Season Two]," Groff said. "That was the moment in that script where I was like, 'Oh God, I have to do that.'"
The "Gordon Freeman" episode, which aired in February, featured a scene in which a drunken Patrick (Groff) attempted a speech at his own Halloween party before spiraling out of control while on-again, off-again love interests Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) looked on.
Meanwhile, the scene in the “Looking Top To Bottom” episode which saw Patrick give himself a home enema before a planned weekend rendezvous with Kevin didn't phase Groff in the least.
"I didn't think twice about it," he said. "I've had that experience in my real life of saying to a friend, 'What are you doing right now? Can we talk about this for a second?' So that felt like real life to me."
Responding to criticisms that Patrick is a narcissistic character, Groff called him "disarmingly complicated," and noted, "It's hard for me to judge because I play him and I love him and I feel like, for better or for worse, I really connect with him."
Despite critical support for "Looking," the series has struggled in ratings, and HBO has yet to renew the show for a third season, a fact not lost on the cast and creatives. Still, series creator Michael Lannan has remained cautiously optimistic about the future of the show.
"I think we have so many more stories to tell, so I think we need a third season," he said. "We have a lot more that we want to do with these characters and this world."