Leslie Jordan 'Too Famous' after COVID Instagram Posts

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday April 13, 2021

Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan  (Source:Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Leslie Jordan's comedic anecdotes went viral after he posted them on Instagram in a series of COVID lockdown videos.

Now, the out actor jokes, he's gotten "too famous" to go out to gay nightspots, NME reports.

Jordan has been in showbiz for a long time, and he's certainly no newcomer to LGTBQ audiences after his many guest appearances on "Will & Grace," "American Horror Story," and his turn as Brother Boy in "Sordid Lives" (2000 film, 2008 television series, and 2017 follow-up titled "A Very Sordid Wedding").

But it was "Pillow Talk," a series of Instagram posts in which he shared stories about famous peers like Betty White and Lady Gaga that Jordan really hit the mainstream.

It's a point Jordan himself made in his NME interview, telling the publication, "People think I'm an overnight success... but I've been doing this for 40 years now."

Jordan continued: "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!"

Jordan's interview included celebrity anecdotes in the vein of the ones he shared in his now-famous Instagram videos; he spilled some tea about Dolly Parton, tossed off a reference to doing a private stand-up performance for former First Lady Michelle Obama and her friends, and chatted about Ryan Murphy, the unlikely prospects for a "Will & Grace" Broadway musical, and his small role opposite Andra Day in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday."

Jordan, who is also the author and performer of a number of one-man shows, has kept busy as a writer, too, NME noted: he has a book of essays, titled "How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived" coming later this month.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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