An Interview with Leslie Jordan


Leslie Jordan has been delighting the world with his work as an actor/playwright since 1986. He has appeared in countless television shows and films, such as, Star Trek: Voyager, Reba, George Lopez, American Dad, Desperate Housewives, Sordid Lives: The Series, Raising Hope, American Horror Story: The Coven, Supernatural, Sordid Lives(the film), and Southern Baptist Sissies.

How do you feel about your career at this point in your life?

I am at a wonderful place in my life where anything that happens career-wise is just GRAVY!

What was it like going from Chattanooga, TN to Hollywood?

When I stepped off a bus at the corner of Vine Street near Hollywood Blvd in 1982, I had $1,200 pinned into my underpants, a small suitcase, and some really big dreams.

How does it feel to have had the chance to bring more laughter to the world through your work? Do you feel privileged to have been able to do that?

As an actor, I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. I have been awarded an Emmy for my TV work, I have done quite a bit of New York theatre, I have been in a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award (The Help) I have toured the country doing what I really love best and that is standing in front of folks making them laugh.

Are you looking forward to resuming you role in the Sordid Lives franchise?

I just got off the phone with Del Shores and he is looking at dates to shoot a sequel of sorts to Sordid Lives and I am really happy to be back with “the family.” We have had so much fun in the last 18 years reaping the rewards from the first Sordid Lives.

I think the best compliment I have ever received came from a woman in Palm Springs. Apparently, they had a club called “The Gays and The Greys” where gay people and senior citizens would gather at The Camelot Theatre every Saturday afternoon at 3pm and watch the movie. Every time they attended a showing they got a lug nut to put on a chain and wear as a necklace. The significance of the lug nut came from Beth Grant’s character Aunt Sissy saying, “Tom Ed told me he had to reinforce that bar stool with LUG NUTS!” Well, this woman came up to me and said, “I’m 83 years old. Whenever I get sad, I come and watch your movie. Look! Twenty-three lug nuts!” Does it get any better than that! I love what I do and I am so honored and blessed to be able to do it!

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