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Leslie Jordan Reveals His Love Of Young Men And What He Has In Common With Dolly Parton

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American Horror Story Coven 3x04 - Fearful Pranks Ensue - Frances Conroy y Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan with Coven costars Robin Bartlett and Frances Conroy

Diminutive Southern-fried dynamo Leslie Jordan has been stealing scenes for decades on the big and small screens with his memorable character turns such as the cross-dressing Brother Boy in Sordid Lives and his Emmy-winning performance as Karen Walker’s nemesis Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace. He’s currently bewitching television audiences and holding his own against the heavy-hitting female stars on American Horror Story: Coven as Quentin, a member of the ominous witch’s council. The out actor also spends part of the year touring the country with one-man productions, such as his latest Show Pony, which will be performed in Los Angeles later this week. Jordan chatted with Queerty about how his love for young men gets him in trouble, what he has in common with Dolly Parton and the shocking things he’s had to do to survive in the entertainment industry.

It makes perfect sense that you’re playing a member of the witch’s council on American Horror Story: Coven. Is that cast having as much fun as it appears?

Oh my God! I could just sit there and watch Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy go at it. It’s like Emmys are flying through the air. What happens is I get so involved watching the two of them that I forget to say my lines. They’d say, “Leslie, say your lines!” I was just so enthralled.

Will your character continue through the rest of the season?

I hope so. I’m sure Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates get the full scripts, but I only get my day’s scenes. So it’s almost like trying to piece together a puzzle. I have no idea what happened to the character the day before. I have no idea what will happen tomorrow. I count myself honored and lucky to be a part of the show. It’s an open love letter to the city of New Orleans and its lore.

Your one-man shows are love letters to your Southern heritage and they have such evocative titles. Does your latest Show Pony pick up where your last show, Fruit Fly, left off?

No, this one is totally different. I originally called it The Aging Show. It’s about how you can go to Hollywood, win an Emmy and think you’re just set. It’s about the things I’ve had to do that are not befitting of an Emmy winner. [Laughs] The jobs I’ve had to take! The things I’ve had to do!

You’re such a reliable scene-stealer that I’d imagine the offers pour in for you.

Well, my manager gets mad when I say that nothing happened after I won the Emmy. He said, “Leslie, since you won that Emmy you’ve never had to audition once. Every job you’ve had has been an offer.” But it hasn’t been enough to keep the ship afloat. I’ve got bills, honey. Oh God, I’ve got bills.

What are some of the more unusual offers you’ve received?

This is very politically incorrect, but this was their word: I got a call to emcee a midget wrestling match at a gay bar in Salt Lake City. I said, “No one uses that word anymore.” Then I wondered, Are they Mormon midgets? I get strange offers. Even though RuPaul is a good friend of mine, I didn’t want to do RuPaul’s Drag Race. I did do it and it wasn’t a fiasco. I had a wonderful time but I’m not used to that reality series working environment. It’s free game from the moment you step out of the car. I’ve got a big mouth and was talking to Michelle Visage, who is RuPaul’s sidekick and she looked at me in terror and said, “The camera’s rolling!” [Laughs] The cameras were everywhere.

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By:           Jeremy Kinser
On:           Dec 9, 2013
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  • 8 Comments
    • Charlie in Charge
      Charlie in Charge

      Adore.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KittyLitter
      KittyLitter

      “And my problem is the straight boys.”
      Oh jeez……………..
      This guy turned AHS:Coven into a comedy.
      Terrible.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      Forgive me, I’m trying to say this in a PC way. Is he special needs?

      Dec 10, 2013 at 1:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zrocqs
      zrocqs

      @Rockery: He’s damn special….and don’t we all have needs?

      . (and you’re forgiven)

      Dec 10, 2013 at 2:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      He looks like someone who wouldn’t even be funny in a carry on film, and there’s plenty of them about.

      Dec 10, 2013 at 6:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      Loved him in Boston Legal. Funny guy!

      Dec 10, 2013 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krystalkleer
      krystalkleer

      LESLIE is a RIOT!!
      http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/12/textnsextnperplexnoh-my.html

      Dec 10, 2013 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sfbeast
      sfbeast

      It was a while ago, but I think he was funny on Will and Grace. On Coven he’s a dud. He mentioned he forgets to say his lines, and that’s what the scenes look like. Although I think that show is pretty awful anyway. The first American Horror was fine, the second was good. But this one is terrible.

      Dec 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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