“Work It” star Jordan Fisher caught up with Variety‘s Marc Malkin on “The Big Ticket” podcast to discuss the movie, his biggest inspiration and increasing diversity in Hollywood.
Fisher plays former-dancer-turned-coach Jake Taylor in Netflix’s newest teen film “Work It,” but he wasn’t always the triple threat that he is today.
“You can actually ask anybody that was in my life before the age of 10, including my parents — I apparently was tone deaf. I couldn’t carry a note to save my life. I always thought that I was fine. I’d be singing Whitney Houston in the car and jamming out and doing the thing, and apparently not sound the way that I heard it. Until one day, I woke up and according to my parents and friends, they’re like, ‘All of a sudden, you could sing,'” Fisher said. “I had a love for music at a young age. I had a love for dance and just art in general, film, television, but I didn’t know that I wanted to pursue it.”
For inspiration, Fisher looks up to another polymath: Donald Glover.
“Everything he puts his hands on just turns to gold. It’s genuine and it’s real,” Fisher said. “I have a handful of friends that have worked with him, and they all say the same thing about him. They talk about how kind he is, how respected he is in the industry because of his kindness and his work ethic. He’s constantly moving and shaking and so loved in the music industry, so loved in the film industry.”
Watch the full episode above.
—Written by Ellise Shafer