-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Jeremy Jordan Makes a Joyful Noise

Jan 12, 2012

By: Lynn Barker

Kidzworld is on the cell with the cute young singin’/dancin’ star of the new film. 

You might remember actress/singer Keke Palmer from the film “Akeelah and the Bee” and Disney TV a few years ago. Well, she’s all grown up now and co-starring with Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and cute young Broadway and theater actor Jeremy Jordan, who plays her boyfriend, in the music and dance-packed film.

We wanted to know more about talented Jeremy so we got him to call us from his new car while waiting for his fiancée Ashley Spencer, winner of the reality show “Grease: You're the One that I Want, to come out of a meeting.  Jeremy has starred in productions of “West Side Story”, “Rock of Ages” and “Newsies” and done some TV.

Kidzworld: Tell the story of how director Todd Graff found you for this film? You were the understudy in the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” and he just happened to be in the audience when you went on?

  • Jeremy: Yeah, I was understudy for the lead role and hadn’t gone on yet. The very first time I stepped on stage, I got to be the lead part. I had little to no rehearsal. Todd happened to be in that audience and had just finished writing the movie. Timing mixed with good preparation. That’s what we always say.

Kidzworld: How was working with Keke and did you two meet and maybe have lunch or dinner beforehand to get to know each other?

  • Jeremy: She’s hot! We had about a month of rehearsal. It’s a musical and there’s a lot of dance numbers and singing so we really had to prepare and get all that stuff ready beforehand. We rehearsed a lot of our scenes together. We got to know each other really well. We met at the audition when we had to read together. We instantly connected. It’s hard not to connect to her because she’s so incredibly outgoing. She’ll, right off the bat, open up 100 percent to you. You can’t help but love her.
    Jeremy Jordan Image

Kidzworld: What do you think you learned from her that you might not have known before and what were you able to teach her?

  • Jeremy: She definitely helped me by me watching her and how she dealt with people professionally because I’d never been on a set so I didn’t know how to deal with the crew. She was very helpful in that aspect. I think I brought more acting experience to the table and she asked me questions about that. I also was her big brother, a sounding board for her when she (personally) had relationship things going on.

Kidzworld: That’s sweet. Can you relate to small-town people having economic problems like they do in the film?

  • Jeremy: Certainly. I can relate on a few different levels. I grew up in a smaller city. We had a lot of economic issues growing up in my family. We moved around a lot. You always are looking for that one thing that can give you hope or make you feel like it’s not all going downhill forever and that’s sort of what the choir in “Joyful Noise” is doing. We’re doing our best to uplift this town. In real life you just have to find those few things that can keep your spirits up when everything seems to go against you.

Kidzworld: Which musical number in “Joyful Noise” did you enjoy most? “Maybe I’m Amazed” or…?

  • Jeremy: I loved doing that. That’s the biggest showcase for me and singing with Keke was great.
    dolly parton jeremy jordan
    But my favorite one was getting to sing a duet with Dolly Parton. She wrote the song. It’s just the two of us sitting on a piano bench in her den. I got to play the guitar and accompany her. It was really something else. She’s a lot of things and none of them bad.

Kidzworld: How about working with Queen Latifah?

  • Jeremy: She’s a trip! She’s a doll. She’s so chill and down to earth. You would never think she’s this big diva that everybody portrays her to be. She can turn it on but she’s really just a cool, hip, funny, normal person.

Kidzworld: What musical artist or band are you really into now?

  • Jeremy: I like all kinds of music but my sort of jam is alternative singer/songwriter stuff. There’s a new artist Brendan James. I love Gavin DeGraw and Marc Broussard, I also love Adele, that really soulful sound. It’s almost why I got into the Gospel thing for this. It’s all from Soul and that’s the kind of music that I’ve always gotten into.

Kidzworld: Who were your idols growing up? 

  • Jeremy: I’ve always felt connect to Matt Damon and Leo DiCaprio and guys like that.
    joyful noise poster
      Those are guys that I always feel like I would kill to have their career. They can pick and choose which movie they’d do and always have great characters. Growing up I’ve always loved Harry Connick Jr. He’s a great crossover star.

Kidzworld: Who would you love to have as a leading lady?

  • Jeremy: Wow, Natalie Portman. That’s the one! That’s it. If that happens, I’m retired!

Kidzworld: Who, real life or in a novel, would you like to play someday?

  • Jeremy: Wow, well I just got to play Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde”(musical). That’s the first time I ever played a real person and really enjoyed it but anybody in history that people misunderstood and you can bring a new light to.

Kidzworld: You are a Texas boy so were you familiar with church music or Gospel music?

  • Jeremy: I was in choir a lot in school but honestly, I didn’t know a whole lot about Gospel music. I knew what it was and knew the style of it but didn’t know this whole world of it. This movie has opened me up to that pretty incredible world. It’s one of the best styles to sing. It’s about opening up yourself and letting go of all inhibitions, just singing straight from your heart. There are tens of thousands of people who show up to the competitions [between choirs].

Kidzworld: How are you like your teen character Randy and how very different?

  • Jeremy: I guess I’m like Randy in my love for music. I’m very relaxed and chill and always looking for a joke and Randy’s always trying to make people laugh, make light of things and not take people seriously. I’m different in that he sort of puts on this “bad boy” air and tries to cover up that he’s really not this person. I’ve always been a goodie, goodie. When I was a kid growing up I never got in trouble or anything. Randy always gets in trouble.
    Jeremy and ashley

Kidzworld: So you were a good guy. Also when you were a teen?

  • Jeremy: When I was eighteen I was very small and meek and now that I’m a little bit older I get to play the 18 or 19-year-olds who aren’t small and meek and get to relive my high school years every once in a while.

Kidzworld: Did you have any input into the songs you sang or the choreography?

  • Jeremy: Probably more into the choreography. I had a say with some of the riffs I had to do on spot but the instruments and background vocals were already set when I recorded. With choreography, we definitely got to play around a bit. There’s actually a whole choreographed dance with me and Keke that got cut from the movie. I’m sure it will be on the DVD extras. We were at the dance club. We spent a lot of time on it.

Kidzworld: What is the most striking difference between acting and singing on a stage and doing a feature film?

  • Jeremy: It’s not really that different. You are still playing a character who is real and has different wants and needs. It’s really just a technical thing. It’s about not moving around as much. In film [your movements] are a little more subtle. You can do just as much with a flick of your eyelid then onstage you would have to have a big arm gesture. Another big difference is on stage you get to tell the story all the way through in two hours or so whereas on a film it takes much longer and is random and [not in order].

Kidzworld: What’s next for you?

  • Jeremy: Right now… one second [pause while he talks on his other line]. I’m sorry. I’m waiting in the car for my fiancé who is at a meeting right now. Looks like she’ll be in there longer. What’s next? I’m going back to New York. I did a regional production of “Newsies” but taking it on Broadway this time.  I’m obliged to say not 100 percent until later today or tomorrow. 

Kidzworld: Cool! How do you think kids and teens can relate to both your character and this film?

  • Jeremy: For my character at least, you’re gonna see this guy that has gotten his own way his whole life. He wears this mask, this cool guy facade but really, he’s had to deal with everything alone. When he comes and is introduced to this great community and family, he realizes that he can make an impact on other people’s lives and they can influence him. It’s really about opening yourself up and letting other people make you a better person. And the music and dance is the best part.

 

15 Comments

Related Stories

Micro_wizards-mic
Kidzworld went to the Channel offices in Burbank, California recently to get some final thoughts ...
Check out Kidzworld's latest interview with the up-and-coming star from The Longshots, Keke Palme...
Corbin Blue (real name: Corbin Bleu Reivers) is a young, rising star who has quickly made his mar...
Bolt-poll

What's your favorite Disney dog movie?

  • Bolt
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Air Bud

Entertainment In The Forums

AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Movies:
Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
reply about 8 hours
Pink_Cool_Girl
"fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: I have forests but no trees I have houses but no brick I have rivers but no water I have plains but no grass What am I? a hairy guy XD Nope xD a dry but crack XD Nope xD if its not my mom then i give up xD It's a MAP. A MAP. OMFG I GOT IT RIGHT LOL YAY*facepalm*And no, not hulk:)
reply about 12 hours
fazemonster123
"Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote:I'm bare but I still have soemthing on. I'm all brown but mostly green. I come in all types but I'm still the same thing. What am I?HULK
reply about 12 hours
fazemonster123
"Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: I have forests but no trees I have houses but no brick I have rivers but no water I have plains but no grass What am I? a hairy guy XD Nope xD a dry but crack XD Nope xD if its not my mom then i give up xD It's a MAP. A MAP. OMFG I GOT IT RIGHT LOL YAY
reply about 12 hours
Pink_Cool_Girl
"fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: I have forests but no trees I have houses but no brick I have rivers but no water I have plains but no grass What am I? a hairy guy XD Nope xD a dry but crack XD Nope xDif its not my mom then i give up xDIt's a MAP. A MAP. 
reply about 12 hours