Falling Hard for Anna Kendrick's Costar, Jeremy Jordan
But I digress. I got to spend a little time with the divine Jeremy Jordan today, as he took a few mins to chat with Cambio after hitting up BUILD to talk about his new movie The Last Five Years, in which he stars as the delectable, can't decide if you love or hate him, Jamie, alongside Anna Kendrick's Cathy.
ICYMI, The Last Five Years is every musical theatre geek's wet dream (from the man himself, Jason Robert Brown) and in its onscreen adaptation, it's the smart V-Day alternative to Fifty Shades. In it, Jeremy plays the effusive and ambitious up-and-coming writer, Jamie, who falls in love with "shiksa goddess" Cathy - a smart, creative, struggling stage actress. If you're like me, and routinely burst into song while doing everyday things like waiting for my almond milk latte or musing over the color of post-it notes on my to-do list, this is your Game of Thrones.
As director Richard LaGravenese explains, the movie is told entirely in song (and no, it's nothing like From Justin to Kelly, so don't worry.) All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. Wait, that sounds totally depressing. NO. It's AMAZING. Point:
That lip bite though! That skype call during "A summer in Ohio" was adorable. On a side note I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest.
It's no surprise that our girl crush Anna is impeccable, but it's Jeremy's voice that slays in the movie. No big deal - after all, he's a Tony-nominated Broadway star.
Just in case that voice makes your heart skip a little, we asked the man himself to share his best dating advice for the ladies: "Be true to who you are. Nothing is more unattractive than someone who doesn't know who they are. Confidence is key."
A few extra tidbits from JJ:
On working with Anna Kendrick:
We got drunk the first night. Before we had to "do stuff" - you know, make out, throw things at each other. You have to get to know each other quickly. So we got drunk and really let it all out. And the next day, she was - more introverted than you'd think, with spurts of wit and sarcasm. So she was hard for me to pin down at first. She was this weird enigma, and then we would step on set and she would be 1000% present. By the end of filming we were so close. She's an incredible person. I would have refused to come on board if it were anyone else.
On how he sang for 12 hours a day, in summer wearing a Christmas sweater, with a lot of props:
Endurance. I'm used to doing Broadway where you do eight shows a week. It's practice. (Be still my beating Broadway heart.)
On whether he's going to start a music career:
I used to just want to keep original music for myself, but I recently did a cabaret show with some original songs and it was really well received. So I'm now starting to put together an album of original stuff. It's coming together...
Favorite song in the movie:
"A Part of That," sung by Cathy. It's heartbreaking and beautiful - you see they're still really in love with each other.
Alas, ladies - he's taken. In the meantime, console/cry to yourself with the lyrics from maybe the most heartbreakingly beautiful song in the move, "The Next Ten Minutes," below. Either way, go see the movie or Apple TV or Amazon it. Demand it. Stat. In the next ten minutes.
Will you share your life with me
For the next ten minutes?
For the next ten minutes
We can handle that
We could watch the waves
We could watch the sky
Or just sit and wait
As the time ticks by
And if we make it till then
Can I ask you again
For another ten?
And if you in turn agree
To the next ten minutes
And the next ten minutes
Till the morning comes
Then just holding you
Might compel me to
Ask you for more
There are so many lives I want to share with you
I will never be complete until I do