Leslie Jordan: ‘Who Thought at 65 I Was Going To Become an Instagram Maven?’

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Leslie Jordan never expected to find fame in his 60s, let alone in the midst of a once in a century pandemic, and he tells the Los Angeles Times in a wide ranging and in-depth profile he’s “having the time of his life.”

 

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From the LA Times: The longtime actor and writer never thought he’d see the height of stardom in his 60s. “Who had thought at 65 I was going to become an Instagram maven?” he asks. But he has been happily surprised.

It all started about two years ago when he starred in Fox’s retirement community comedy “The Cool Kids.” His friend Tess Sanchez, head of Fox casting at the time, kept telling him to post the funny things he’d say. Jordan had no clue what that meant. “I thought she meant maybe those little yellow Post-its,” he says and laughs. Though he remained confused, Sanchez signed him up for Instagram on the spot. Not long after he began posting a series of funny images and videos, he had 20,000 followers. “I thought that was massive,” he recalls.

When the pandemic hit in early spring, Jordan hunkered down in Tennessee, where his mother and identical twin sisters live. Opting not to stay at his family home (“there’s too many old women there”), he found himself an apartment in Chattanooga, where he was born and raised. Out of boredom, he began sharing “silly” pieces of content like his “Pillow Talk” series, where he snuggles up with a pillow and tells comfort food tales of Hollywood; videos of him dancing to Lisa Rinna’s aerobics class or with his cats; and Sunday sessions of him singing hymns with songwriter and producer Travis Howard. And well, s—!, as Jordan likes to say. It didn’t take long for his sweet Southern charm to sweep the nation.

He began posting twice a day for 80 days when his friend called and told him he had gone viral. “I don’t know how I did it because now I scramble for content,” he says. “Every day, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God! I need to post. What should I come up with?’”

 

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