Jeremy Jordan Interview
Jeremy Jordan Interview
Jeremy Jordan is a young American stage actor, who has recently made his break onto the silver screen with a role in the gospel music themed Joyful Noise. Playing Dolly Parton’s reprobate grandson, he and his grandmother help turn around their local choir’s chances of winning a big competition with their unorthodox approach to singing.

Here he talks to View’s Matthew Turner about making the leap from stage to screen, working with music star and Queen Latifah, and singing alongside country legend Dolly Parton.
Where did the idea come from, first of all?

Jeremy Jordan

I think the director, Todd Graff, he’s also the writer, it was sort of inspired by his mother, because she was really into church while he was growing up. So he kind of wanted to write something for her.
How did you get involved?

Jeremy Jordan

Actually, it’s kind of funny. I’m a stage performer mainly and I was performing on Broadway. I was actually an understudy in a show, and the first time I went on for the lead, the director was actually in the audience that night. It was one of those weird coincidences and he saw me do the part and I guess he’d just finished writing the script and automatically thought of me for the role. The rest is history.
Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Jeremy Jordan

My favourite scene to film probably, was the scene where Dolly and I sing a duet together. Who gets to say that they got to sing a duet with Dolly Parton? It was just very surreal for me, it was very special.
How much rehearsal was there for the singing scenes?

Jeremy Jordan

We actually had a whole lot of rehearsal, because it’s a musical and because Todd has a really big theatre background. We spent almost a month in rehearsal, mostly for the musical numbers and the dancing, stuff like that, but we also got a chance to look at all the scenes at least once or twice, and talk about characters before we started filming, which is pretty lucky to get more than a few rehearsal sessions.
Did they cut anything out that you were sorry to lose?

Jeremy Jordan

Yeah, of course they cut some stuff, as they always do. There was a really fun scene when I get discovered in the kitchen, there’s a really cute bantery kind of scene between Dolly and I which I liked, but they cut it because they wanted me to be more mysterious.
What was it like working with Dolly?

Jeremy Jordan

It was incredible. Dolly is probably the sweetest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. I can say that without reservation. You can kind of understand how she became so successful when you meet her because she’s so endearing and so kind and funny. Everything that you could think that would be great about her is absolutely true. She really brightened up the set and it was just a joy to come to work every day, because you’re working, not only with an icon, but with a really great person every day.
You don’t have nearly as much screen time with Queen Latifah.

Jeremy Jordan

She was around a lot though. We did all the group scenes together. So I got to know her pretty well. She’s just really cool. She’s just down to earth and so chilled and really nice and it’s really great working with these two, big women diva kind of stars. They’re not divas at all, they’re just normal real people that are fun and great to work with.
Did you have to do a chemistry read with Keke Palmer?

Jeremy Jordan

We actually got cast at the same time, so we read together in our respective auditions, so yeah, we did. It was down to a couple of guys and a couple of girls, so we all mixed and matched. Yeah, it was fun.
And what was it like working with her?

Jeremy Jordan

She’s great. I mean, she is literally - I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with as much energy as she has. She just brings this youth and life and she talks a million miles a minute and is way, way smarter than most people her age. She’s really fun and really interesting to hang out with.
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