Leslie Jordan Loves Instagram - All That Attention!

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 30, 2020

Most people might recognize Leslie Jordan for his star turns in the movie and television versions of "Sordid Lives" or by his hilarious (and Emmy-winning) guest appearances as Beverley Leslie on "Will & Grace," strutting into a room and sarcastically chiding Megan Mullaly's booze-swilling socialite with lines like: "Why Karen Walker! I thought I smelled gin and regret."

On the stage, Jordan has also made equally as humorous and notable guest appearances with Seattle Men's Chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

But in taking his wit and charm to Instagram, he's suddenly found a larger audience. Jordan explains to the New York Times, "I've loved attention, wanted it my whole career, and I've never gotten this kind of attention... when you've become a success [on social media], it's unbelievable."

Throughout the interview, Jordan talks about his initial ignorance about Instagram and what compelled him to join ("I was doing a television series for Fox called 'The Cool Kids.' I would say something funny and the publicity girls would run over and tell me 'post that'... I didn't know if they meant Post-Its."). And what it's like to have acquired a big following ("even with a mask and a hat people recognize me. My friend said, 'well, honey, you're 4'11"... it's not like you can go out.")

Jordan also discusses his early career in commercials, after attempting to become a jockey; his big break on "Murphy Brown" in the 1980s that led to work with Loni Anderson, Steven Spielberg and Pee Wee Herman ("it was all like one day... I've just been working ever since"), roles on "American Horror Story," and his one-man show. ("I do about 44 venues a year. Smaller venues, usually gay bars... 200, 300 seat theaters.")

Click here to read the full interview.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.