Actor and Instragam star Leslie Jordan has opened up about the joys and pitfalls of his newfound, post-COVID social media fame.
The actor is known for his roles as Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace and multiple characters on American Horror Story.
But he became an unexpected lifeline for all of us last year with his hilarious, almost-daily Instagram videos during COVID-19 lockdown. He now has 5.6 million Instagram followers.
“People think I’m an overnight success, but I’ve been doing this for 40 years now,” he told NME.
“In the past I’ve had certain levels of fame – especially with Will & Grace – but it’s nothing compared to how it’s been lately.
“I used to love sitting in Starbucks with my tea and four different newspapers, but I can’t do that now.
“People come by and ask for a picture, and I’m so gracious that I’m not gonna say no.
“Everywhere I go now, it’s like a tiny little public appearance. But it’s what I’ve wanted my entire life.
“When I first moved to Los Angeles, I remember thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to walk into a gay club and have everyone know who you are?’
“Well, I couldn’t go near a gay club now – it would be a nightmare!”
Leslie Jordan sings with Dolly Parton on gospel album
Leslie Jordan explained that when he first moved to Hollywood, “Hugh Hefner was living in the Playboy mansion with seven blonde playmates.”
“I thought, ‘That’s what I want, but with seven blonde boys,’” he said.
“I figured we’d sit around all day having brunch because that was the hot new thing then.
“But the other day I realised that if I was living in the Hollywood Hills with seven giggly boys, I’d jump off the Hollywood sign.
“My life really is very quiet: I’ve made it that way because I like it.
“At my age, you can’t be in the club showing your ass – it’s like, ‘Honey, get off the dance floor, you’re 65 now!’”
Leslie Jordan’s new gospel album Company’s Comin’ is out now, featuring none other than Dolly Parton on one of the tracks.
“Everybody says to me, ‘Well, what was she like?’” Leslie told NME.
“And I just say, ‘Honey, you know what Miss Dolly Parton is like.’ But, she’s actually prettier and striking because she’s so tiny.
“She’s smart as a whip, but also very accessible and present and genuine. I always ask myself now when I have a quandary: ‘Well, what would Dolly do?””
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