Groban got his start in acting, and when he sat down to talk to Entertainment Weekly about just why his acting career went dark for a while, he acknowledged that there's two completely different sides to him — and one of those sides, he just wasn't comfortable with showing to the public. "There was this feeling of, 'No, you've got to be that guy on the pedestal staring down dramatically from the billboard all day, everyday," he said. "You can be fun and funny with your friends, but when you're in work mode, that's the guy you are."
He went on to say that it gave him a reputation for being dry, boring, and the guy that no talk show host would want to have to interview, because he was going to be every bit as serious and bland as was absolutely possible. He says that it was only when he started being more comfortable in his own skin — telling jokes and poking fun at his serious image — that his acting career started to take off again. "I told myself, 'don't be afraid to be funny with other people, don't be afraid to show that you're a weirdo who's serious about your music but can also tell poop jokes if you feel like it'," he said.
He also admitted something else, too, that's a far cry from his public persona, saying: "Seventeen-year-old me was really insecure, really terrified. I'm still insecure and terrified, but I've got all this experience; back then, I was just blowing in the wind."