Jordan and his own mother are admittedly close – they speak via phone every single day – although they’ve had some “storied times.”
“She thinks I am too dirty,” he admits.
His mother is accompanying him and his sisters on a gay cruise this summer where he’ll be a performer, and he is devising ways to keep her from seeing him cut loose in front of a gay audience.
Jordan won an Emmy Award for his work on the gay-themed “Will and Grace” and has continued to perform one-man shows as well as his acting gigs. He calls last year’s “The Help” the best experience of his professional life.
“I’m used to doing low budget movies,” he says. ”They flew us all down to rehearsal and all of a sudden I was sitting around a table with Viola Davis and Sissy Spacek and they were scribbling notes in their script.”
He has lots of stories from the set. His favorite is about Cicely Tyson, the Oscar winner with a small role in the film.
“Cicely is a vegan , and what are you going to feed a vegan in Mississippi?” he says. “We were trying to find food for her to eat in Jackson and finally I went up to her and said, ‘This is the South – if you can’t fuck it or fry it, forget it!’ She loved it and laughed so hard.”
Jordan is no stranger to Atlanta and always relishes the opportunity to perform here.
“I like being here,” he says. “I guess I’ll wind up in Atlanta soon. It would be a grand place to be.”
Top photo: Comedian Leslie Jordan (courtesy photo)