Jordan Fisher doesn't sleep much. From starring in one of Broadway's most popular and buzzed about shows, recording a debut album, voicing a video game character, flying from coast to coast to perform at concerts, to filming a TV show, it's actually impressive he even gets any time to simply just sit and relax. But he really can't imagine his life being any different since he's literally living his dream.
"I'm typically working when I get on a flight, I'm answering emails, listening to mixes of songs, reading scripts for potential films. And then I'll try to nap on the plane or in the hotel room in the city I'm in before I have to start my day, but this has taken years. I started this 10 years ago but I'm so grateful for the amount of time it's taken," Jordan exclusively said to M. "It's been a very long road and even four years ago I was just twiddling my thumbs wondering what the next opportunity might be. So I'm just grateful I'm so busy and I don't always sleep and I'm exhausted all the time, but I love it. I wouldn't want it to be any other way."
At 23 years old, Jordan has a rather impressive résumé. He played the beloved Holden on Liv and Maddie and truly stole hearts with his role in Grease: Live, but when he found out he was offered a role in the play Hamilton, he knew it was meant to be. Although he wasn't exactly sure how was going to manage it all.
"I didn't know how it was going to work," Jordan confessed to M right after he gave a tour of the Hamilton Grange National Memorial for the National Park Foundation & National Park Service’s Parks 101.
"I had just finished a show, I was in Nashville. It was super fun, very laid back. And I get off the stage and Tom calls my phone and I'm like, 'Do I know what this is about?' and he said, 'You probably do.' We talked for like half an hour and he said, 'When can you get [to New York City'?' And I was in Nashville so I was like, I could red eye out and start the next morning and that's exactly what I did. It wasn't even 48 hours I was here and found out I'm going to be living in New York for the next five months. While still flying out, doing shows, all the Jingle Ball concerts, and I really don't know how this is going to work. But I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that it does."
And it did. Jordan played the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton from November 2016 until March 2017 and even though he was a bit hesitant as to how it would all work out, living bi-coastal and working on his album, he couldn't have said no. Broadway was always his dream once he fell in love with theater.
"It's Hamilton, it's my dream to be on Broadway, my friend created the show, my other buddy directed it. [My role in] Hamilton made a little theater kid's dream come true. I had a crush on a girl and she joined the drama club and she asked me if I would be there and I said 'I'm already going to be there' and then low and behold, I fell in love with theater. I owe it to Emmy," he said.
While Jordan was performing on Broadway, one of his Liv and Maddie co-stars, Dove Cameron just had to see him slay the stage for herself and he basically reduced her to a puddle of tears.
"Dove came to see me in Hamilton and she's already an emotional person, her natural response to those things are tears," Jordan said. "Whether she's happy or sad, that's how she is and I've become that way too. Probably because of my lack of sleep but she came and we hung out afterward and it was just so emotional."
Imagine these two just crying together, being as proud as ever at how far they've both come so far. In terms of being a part of this Disney Channel series, Jordan admits it was one of the best acting experiences he's ever had, simply because the cast and crew really bonded.
"That's a show that was on for a long time and the fans got to really know the family, watched Holden and Liv have a Ross and Rachel-esque relationship, and how it developed and blossomed and it was very real and relatable. In terms of the show, it's probably my favorite show I've ever worked on. It's just a big family," he said.
Jordan admitted he and Dove are always saying they need to work together again on something, and seeing Liv and Holden back together will literally be the best treat for L&M fans. Jordan is focusing right now on perfecting his first ever full-length album. He said the plan is to have the tunes out by the summer, but he's really in no rush.
"I'm trying to make it the best first album it can possibly be and I'm taking my time doing that. I just got to a place where I realized I don't need to rush it, I don't need to feel pressure to put it out. I put out "Always Summer" to give fans a peek into the record and it's the first song that anyone's heard off of the full-length album so I'm excited for everyone to hear everything else," he said.
Jordan is known for his powerhouse vocals and there's another songstress out there he happens to be friends with who also has one of the strongest voices: Ariana Grande. She has said he's "incredible" and gushed over how impressed she was of his song in Grease: Live "Those Magic Changes" that she texted him as soon as she heard his angelic voice float through her TV screen. So could a duet between the pair happen? Jordan isn't ruling it out.
"I think we would both love it but it's just a matter of timing. It's hard when it's both two different people who are all over the place, all the time," Jordan said.
Fair enough. They both are super busy, so we'll just be here hoping this does happen one day. The world deserves a proper song from this pair one day.
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