Catching Up With Leslie Jordan
By Noah Michelson
The bio on Leslie Jordan's official website reads "With hundreds of television shows, films and commercials to his credit, he has become a familiar face on the entertainment scene." But Jordan himself likes to put it more succinctly: "I'm the biggest whore in Hollywood."
Over the past 30 years Jordan has kept himself busy by taking roles on the big and small screens and the stage, and he's earned a slew of accolades for his trouble, including an Emmy in 2006 for playing the beloved Beverly Leslie on Will and Grace and a spot in the 2010 Out 100. He's also written a memoir, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, which became a one-man show that ran Off-Broadway and had a four-week run at the Apollo Theater in London.
Now Jordan is starring in a new Lucky Guy, a new musical comedy written and directed by Willard Beckham and also featuring fellow 2010 Out 100 honoree Kyle Dean Massey (Next To Normal, Wicked) and Varla Jean Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson) (Chicago, Ugly Betty). Jordan recently dropped by the Out studio to chat about Lucky Guy, hosting The Hookie Awards (aka the Oscars of the male escorting world), what's happening with that Will and Grace Off-Broadway spin-off that Megan Mullally wanted him to star in with her, and more:
-- NOAH MICHELSON
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