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Lea Michele Showed Jonathan Groff Her "Whole Vagina" Because He'd Never Seen One Before, And This Story Just Keeps Getting Wilder

"That's how close we are."

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff met during their time in Broadway's Spring Awakening, which premiered in New York in 2006, and have remained the best of friends nearly 20 years later.

Jonathan Groff, Steven Spielberg, and Lea Michele stand together and smile

The then-19-year-old Lea and 21-year-old Jonathan starred as ill-fated teenage lovers Wendla and Melchior, who learned about themselves, their bodies, and young love in the iconic play.

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff pose for a picture together

The two reunited for the upcoming HBO documentary Spring Awakening: Those You've Known to reflect on their experience performing in the musical, and while doing so, the two revealed they got extremely close both on and off the stage.

Actors on a stage

"We made out so hard in this play," Jonathan said in the documentary. "We would have like sweat, and snot was coming out of my nostrils, and saliva, and tongues, and mouths."

The case of Spring Awakening signing a sign for the musical

"Lea and I were given this material where we had to fall in love, but the first thing I felt was, 'They're going to know I'm gay. Fuck! I never had sex with a girl; I'm in the closet.'"

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele pose for a picture

Jonathan admitted he was very thankful to director Michael Mayer and the choreographers who helped him "pretend" to know what he was doing during his intimate scenes with Lea.

Two young men kiss each of Lea Michele's cheeks

Lea also spoke to their closeness and what she did to help Jonathan feel more comfortable during those sex scenes, which included a one-on-one lesson about the female anatomy...her female anatomy.

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele smile and stand together

"At one point, I literally showed him my whole vagina. He was like, 'I've never seen a woman's vagina before. Would you show me?'"

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff hug and smile

"And I was like, 'Sure.' And I took a desk lamp and showed him. That's how close we are, but I've never seen Jonathan naked. I've never seen his penis."

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff at an event

Lea told People that she's "grateful" they were able to connect in that way because it helped them build a special "level of trust" onstage.

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff sit at a table together

"If we didn't, I think it would've been really impossible and just so challenging to have to tackle that material every night with someone that you don't feel that safety and trust with."

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff pose for a picture at an event

"I felt so safe with him every night. And it was hard doing those scenes, [including] the beating scene. I couldn't have done it if it wasn't for Jonathan."

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele laugh together

You can learn more about Lea and Jonathan's Spring Awakening journey when Spring Awakening: Those You've Known premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. EST on May 3, and will later stream on HBO Max.

And check out more from their interview with People.