Josh Groban talks Katy Perry, new al­bum and new Net­flix show Cross­ing new Bridges

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Josh Groban, who just re­leased a new al­bum, Bridges, and is cur­rently star­ring as the lead char­ac­ter on the Net­flix de­tec­tive com­edy, The Good Cop, op­po­site Tony Danza, is like most of us: He al­ways re­mem­bers the haters.

For ex­am­ple, when it came to his oth­er­wise well­re­ceived host­ing of the 2018 Tonys with Sara Bareilles.

“The only bad re­view was the same guy who didn’t like my new TV show,” said Groban. “I don’t know — the guy doesn’t like me.

“Our neu­ro­sis as per­form­ers is any­thing you do, you put out there. And the adu­la­tion is al­ways won­der­ful, but it’s like an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, you al­ways want to know, ‘How do I get THAT guy to love me?’ (But) the 37-year-old me ver­sus the 27-year-old me just gives no s---s about that per­son.”

We caught up with Groban in Toronto re­cently.

You’ve said you made Bridges up­lift­ing be­cause it’s what you and your fans’ psy­che re­quired. How come?

I felt like we were start­ing to en­ter a lit­tle bit of a dark age — po­lit­i­cal dis­course and di­vi­sive­ness and fear­mon­ger­ing and anger — that I don’t think I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in my life­time and a lot of peo­ple my par­ents’ age haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced in a long time. And so it’s a tense time. And I feel priv­i­leged to be in a po­si­tion where I can put a lit­tle light into the world through art.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on the year-long re­la­tion­ship with your girl­friend Schuyler Helford who I’m guess­ing in­spired some of the love songs on Bridges?

She’s a di­rec­tor and a writer in Los An­ge­les and also an ac­tor as well. We met on an app! ‘Stars, they’re just like us!’

Which app?

I don’t want to give them the ad­ver­tise­ment. But you know, look, I think many celebs will tell you that it’s hard to meet peo­ple be­cause you’re never in one place for more than five sec­onds. The idea or the fan­tasy where you’re just go­ing to walk into a bar or a restau­rant and meet your per­son, the chances of that are so slim so I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just reach and flirt a lit­tle bit on so­cial me­dia and stuff.’ And that gets re­ally tricky be­cause you don’t want peo­ple to think that you’re creep­ing on peo­ple.

You were ob­vi­ously sin­gle and ready to min­gle?

I had been sin­gle for a year. I had gone through a re­ally, re­ally dif­fi­cult breakup, and then dove into a Broad­way show and re­ally just didn’t date at all dur­ing that time pe­riod.

Were you as shocked as ev­ery­one else when Katy Perry re­cently re­ferred to you as the in­spi­ra­tion for the song The One That Got Away (from 2010’s Teenage Dream)?

I was. That par­tic­u­lar re­la­tion­ship I’m not go­ing to get into, but we are friends now. We’re very, very good friends and she’s a sweet­heart and when she said that on (the James) Cor­den (show), I was sur­prised mainly just be­cause there is no big­ger twit­ter blowup than when Katy Perry with a 100 mil­lion fol­low­ers says some­thing about you.

What’s it like work­ing op­po­site Tony Danza, who plays your ex-cop dad re­cently re­leased from prison on The Good Cop?

Ad­mit­tedly, it was a bit of a head scratcher. Cop pro­ce­dural? Dram­edy? Groban? Danza? I think we both were a lit­tle skep­ti­cal about why us? But we both loved the script and trusted (cre­ator) Andy (Breck­man) and our skep­ti­cism went out the win­dow the mo­ment we started read­ing lines to­gether.

You’re tour­ing the U.S. in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber with Id­ina Men­zel, but why are there are no Cana­dian dates?

We’ll come back to Canada the first of the year. It’ll be are­nas. So yes, it’ll be cold here. I have only ever toured here in the win­ter.

You’re a mul­ti­hy­phen­ate per­former more than ever. Is there any­thing you wouldn’t do?

You’ll never see me on Danc­ing with the Stars. I would be out in the first round and it would re­ally be bad on my psy­che. I’m not a good dancer. I’m re­ally not. And plus I just don’t like it.

It comes down to those mo­ments in camp or high school where no­body would dance with me or you had re­ally bad times at the party. Couldn’t get a date at prom. Ev­ery­thing goes back to child­hood for us. So danc­ing is one of those things for me.

The thing is if they could of­fer me Danc­ing with the Su­per­drunk Stars, I would be on that in a heart­beat. Half the episode is get­ting ham­mered.

And then the other half is just like, ‘Well, Josh, we don’t know what you’re go­ing to do but have at it.’

I was. That par­tic­u­lar re­la­tion­ship I’m not go­ing to get into, but we are friends now. We’re very, very good friends and she’s a sweet­heart...”

Ac­tor-crooner Josh Groban is back in the spot­light with a re­cently re­leased up­lift­ing al­bum called Bridges (top in­set), and a star­ring role op­po­site Tony Danza in Net­flix’s The Good Cop.

— Ryan Gosling keeps his house look­ing spooky even af­ter Hal­loween has come to an end. “All year round. Well, you got your tomb­stones, you got a lot of like, sneaky skulls. Pump­kins, your bats, your witches ... I think they go well to­gether.”

Josh Groban ad­mits he was shocked his ex KatyPerry called him “the One that Got away.”

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