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Leslie Jordan wants you to know: fame can be a “nightmare”

Jordan in ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’
“People think I’m an overnight success, but I’ve been doing this for 40 years now. In the past, I’ve had certain levels of fame – especially with Will & Grace – but it’s nothing compared to how it’s been lately. I used to love sitting in Starbucks with my tea and four different newspapers, but I can’t do that now. People come by and ask for a picture, and I’m so gracious that I’m not gonna say no. 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!”–Actor and Instagram sensation Leslie Jordan, about his newfound fame during COVID-19. In the same interview with NME, he also discussed his love of Ryan Murphy, collaborating with Dolly Parton and his notorious wig in The United States vs. Billie Holiday