×

‘The Cool Kids’ Star Leslie Jordan Says He Can Finally Just ‘Play Me’

Leslie Jordan says his role in Fox‘s new comedy “The Cool Kids” is the first time in his career he’s been allowed to really play himself.

“I grew up in a very religious, sort of homophobic environment and all of the sudden I’m getting to play this openly gay character who’s perfectly, perfectly content with who he is and what he is,” Jordan said at Thursday’s Paley Fall TV Preview event for the show. “That’s me right now.”

Jordan is one of four of the show’s central characters, which also includes David Alan Grier, Vicki Lawrence and Martin Mull. Together, the four become entangled in a myriad of comedic situations as they navigate the retirement home in which they all live.

However, none of the characters actually act like they live in a retirement home, something creator Charlie Day said was important to him when he was writing the show.

“I didn’t want the characters to feel old or sad,” Day said. “I wanted to write the same kind of stories I’m writing for ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ but I just wanted to give an older cast an opportunity to perform.”

Often times roles for older actors all fall under the same category. For Mull, some of his more recent roles include a dead ghost, a man on his death bed and a man suffering from Alzheimer’s, but on “The Cool Kids,” he said he gets to act the way he thinks: like a 35 year old.

And the four of them do just that. In the pilot episode, they steal a car, commit credit fraud and throw a wild party, all within the confines of their seemingly boring retirement lives.

At the same time, however, sometimes the actors’ age can become a bit of an obstacle. During promo shoots for the show, the cast posed on the floor, trying to recreate a shot from “The Breakfast Club,” but it proved to be more of a challenge than they thought.

“We’ll set off metal detectors anywhere,” Mull said, referencing his titanium hip. “And we’re down there, and they took the shot… and then the next 20 minutes was us trying to get up off the floor. We needed to get young people to come get us.”

“The Cool Kids” premieres Sept. 28 on Fox.

More TV

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Accusers Detail Abuse, Reveal Evidence on 'Dateline'

    The continuing controversy surrounding R. Kelly, including allegations of sexual abuse by a number of women over three decades, was the focus of Friday’s episode of “Dateline.” Speaking to accusers Sparkle, Jerhonda Pace and parents Tim and Jonjelyn Savage, among others, NBC’s Andrea Canning heard more harrowing tales of abduction and sexual misconduct on the part [...]

  • Kenan Thompson

    NBC Orders Comedy Pilots 'Saving Kenan' and 'Like Magic'

    NBC has ordered comedies “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic” to pilot. “Saving Kenan” is a single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson as a “newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.” Jackie Clarke will serve as writer and [...]

  • The First -- "The Choice" -

    'The First' Canceled at Hulu After One Season

    Hulu has grounded the space exploration drama “The First” after one season, Variety has confirmed. The series hailed from Beau Willimon and starred Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in Penn’s first regular television role. “The First” was set in the near future and followed the first human mission to Mars. Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in [...]

  • Nicole Maines Supergirl Trans Hollywood Portrait

    TV Roundup: 'Supergirl' Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV's First Trans Superhero

    In today’s TV News Roundup, The CW releases a first look at Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” and Variety unveils an exclusive look at Gabriel Iglesias’ new comedy special.  FIRST LOOKS truTV has released the first trailer for season 2 of Emmy-nominated series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The variety sketch comedy returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at [...]

  • The Beatles Eight Days a Week

    Imagine's Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (EXCLUSIVE)

    Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series. The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president. The deal suggests that Apple sees docu [...]

  • Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most

    Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments

    It is perhaps only fitting that two documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, one of the most high-profile fraudulent failures in history, would arrive during the same week — a fitting cap on a tragicomedy of errors that, as both films outline in excruciating detail, unfolded like a slow-motion plane crash in the spring of [...]

  • Walt Disney HQ LA

    Disney Unveils Financial Data for DTC Unit, Sets April 11 for Investor Presentation

    Disney has rejiggered its business segments for earnings reporting to make room for the new unit housing its global streaming operations. Disney on Friday released restated earnings for fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016 to give investors and financial analysts better visibility into its spending on the launch of the Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and other [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content