Jeremy Jordan does double duty in the upcoming Hallmark Channel romance “Love Ever After,” Mix Up in the Mediterranean, playing twins Josh and Julian, who, through a comedy of errors, are forced to switch places in a prestigious rising chef competition in Malta and keep up their ruse. Also starring 90210 alumna Jessica Lowndes, who plays the successful event organizer Meg and for whom Josh begins to develop feelings (as he pretends to be his twin brother), the film’s other central relationship features a gay couple, Julian and her husband, Henry (played by Callum Blue).
Jordan, a more recent addition to the Hallmark family, credited his experience in last year’s Christmas movie, Holly & Ivy, who co-starred To all the boys: always and foreverJanel Parrish, how to “turn” him into a believer in the network’s signature romantic comedies.
“A lot of times we go into these things with preconceived notions and make assumptions about what the things are and it’s good that, for me at least, Hallmark is starting to break the mold,” the 36-year-old actor tells ET. adding that Mix It was instantly attractive to him because it highlights a happily married gay couple. (One of the central stories of last November Christmas house introduced a gay couple hoping to adopt). “With one of his early gay characters and stories, I really wanted to be a part of that if I could. I’m definitely starting to see the real appeal and the effect these movies can have on people, especially after I’ve done a couple now.”
“People want to see a happy ending and that’s something Hallmark always offers, especially when times are tough. But you can almost always guarantee something that will make you smile when you turn on a Hallmark movie and that’s something that people need. right now, “adds Jordan. “I am happy to be part of the group of people that is bringing that.”
Jordan talks about channeling his best effort Parent Trap to play the twins, filming in Malta in the middle of a pandemic and if he could reappear as Winn for one last hurray in Supergirlthe next final season.
ET: You mentioned that LGBTQ representation was a significant determining factor in getting you on board. Why did you feel like you wanted to at least play a small role in progress?
Jeremy jordan: I am from the theater community and for someone like me, and for most of my friends, something like this in the movie that we are representing is everyday life for us. I have an incredible amount of LGBTQ + friends and relatives, family members, and I see them underrepresented in all the media. Hallmark has been one of those in the past. When they had that Christmas movie [The Christmas House]We were excited to see them make that change because Hallmark has traditionally been “family”. And the idea of what an ordinary, normal family is is changing across America. People begin to have a vision of what life is like outside their bubble and they begin to accept it much more. Hallmark taking this step is huge, I think, because it’s about reaching out to an audience that may not see as much on their television or that doesn’t choose to watch some of those shows, and I think they’re doing it in a really healthy way. . I really loved this particular project because the LGBTQ representation is Julian and her husband Henry who are the happiest couple and they love each other and have a super healthy relationship. It’s nothing that is alien to the average American, it’s just two guys. It’s a good stepping stone for them and I was lucky to be able to be a part of telling that story.
You are playing twins, which is something you are familiar with from your time Supergirl. But was there ever a point where you thought, “How are we going to achieve this here?”
I was excited! He had played twins once before in Supergirl. There was an episode where I met my evil twin from the alternate universe, but it was nothing compared to this because these are two real human beings who are rooted and have their own set of issues and niceties. So, I had to try to create two people who were very different but also real and looked exactly the same. It was a fun challenge. But the part that got me excited is that they have a Parent Trap stage where they pretend to be each other and that’s where all the fun lies. You have Josh pretending to be Julian and trying not to overdo it, unless it completely offends his brother. Then you have Julian, who doesn’t care if he offends his straight brother, Josh, and acts like a complete fool when he tries to put on his brotherly voice. It was a fun set of dynamics to work with. It was a bit confusing and every day on set the hair and makeup people would frown and wrinkle their foreheads, saying, “Who are you? Are you Josh? Are you Julian? Are you Josh like Julian? Are you? Julian? Like Josh? You’re dressed like Julian but are you actually acting like Josh right now? “And I was like,” Guys, I got this. ” I had to take stock of where I was at all times. It invests you much more in the movie because they are all my scenes, practically, in a sense and I have to take ownership of them from multiple angles and it was fun.
So you didn’t have a flow chart to keep things in order?
OMG, I wish I was that Type A, but I’m not! Everything was inside my brain. I went through the skin of my teeth and never had big complexes. There were never times when I thought, “I’m doing this scene as the wrong character.” The good thing about being in the movies is that you have to change your costume, you have to change your makeup and all that. Every time we do that, it gives me a moment to focus and have the mindset of who I intend to be next.
There are many layers to the relationship dynamics between Josh, Julian, Meg, and Henry. There were scenes between Josh pretending to be Julian and Meg where he is awkward but also sweet.
Yeah, and then the weirdness on his part like, “Why am I getting vibes from this guy? He’s married and doesn’t like girls. Or maybe him is on girls. “She doesn’t know. And then she’s like,” Maybe? What’s going on here? “Truly a confusion.
Food is a big part of this movie. Do you like to cook or do you take pride in creating dishes in the kitchen?
I wish I could say I knew something about cooking. Now I know a little more about cooking. Slightly. Most of the things we were doing was faking it for our live shots. Or they would show us something to do and we would say, “We’re going to do exactly what you just did.” Over the past year, I’ve had a little more time and my wife and I have tried food delivery kits. I have cooked more than I have ever cooked before in my life in the last year, but I am still far from being a chef. I’m a big fan of saying, “Hey, let’s eat take out! No plates.”
He filmed this on location in Malta. Were there any highlights of your time there?
I had never been to Malta before. It is this beautiful island steeped in history for centuries and you see it wherever you go. I felt like I was in a different era and it was great to be in that kind of environment. It also helps you get into the zone with filming. But yeah, it took me out of my standard daily routine at home. The people there are really lovely and the food was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, probably in my life. I had a pasta carbonara which was the three best things I have eaten in my entire life. We worked six days a week, so we had a day off and I tried to make the most of it. There is a place called Hypogeum, which is apparently one of the oldest man-made structures known to man. They discovered it a hundred years ago; it was this underground monolith that is 6,000 years old. So, it was really cool to get into that and feel the energy. We got to see a couple of things, but just being in Malta it feels like you are transported.
Shift gear to Supergirl. Since it’s ending, have you had any conversations about going back one last time?
Yes. You know, I’m certainly open to it. I haven’t talked about that yet. I know it is a bit difficult because they shoot in Canada and the travel situation there is a bit complicated, we will say. But at the moment, no, I don’t think Winn is coming back for the final season. Although, should the opportunity arise, I’m sure I wouldn’t hesitate to go out and hang out with my friends one last time.
What will you miss the most about your time on that show?
I’ve been away for a couple of years and just people, honestly. I made some of my best friends on that show and fell in love with the character of Winn. And it was something that I was really able to create and maintain for the longest time I’ve had to stick with a character. So when I went back for season 5 for a few episodes, it was really lovely and really liberating. Unfortunately, I left the show because I wanted to go home and start a family, which is what we did. And so, I don’t regret it for a second, but I remember it fondly and I miss those guys so much.
Going back to this movie, what do you want people to take when they sit down to watch this weekend?
It’s one of those movies that is a Hallmark moment, so I want them to really take that look and see that accomplishment and hopefully start tackling what they’re doing and talking for more. of that. Hopefully, they will want more LGBTQ + representation because that is, I think, something important that I have always advocated for in my life. And I just want them to have a great time. I want them to laugh as much as possible and get excited that they can go on vacation, hopefully one of these days too. It’s a nice getaway for people and it’s a lovely story about family acceptance, love, and good food.
What else do you have to come?
I’m working on a couple of things that I can’t talk about yet. But one thing I’ll say is that my co-star Jessica and I found out that we were both songwriters and decided to write a song together, inspired by the movie. We wrote it a bit late, so I don’t think they were able to include it in the movie. But we will release it on Saturday, the same day as the movie. A duo called “Alive” that we wrote. It’s a nice song and people can listen to it and get excited about the movie. I’ve been writing music for a long time and I’ve certainly sung on many recorded albums, but I’ve never released anything to help write. So this is something important to me.
Mix Up in the Mediterranean premieres Saturday, February 20 at 9 pm ET / PT on Hallmark Channel. For more information, see below.
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