Smash Q&A: Jeremy Jordan On Playing Jimmy Collins, Feelings For Karen & Trouble For Derek!
Jeremy Jordan in 'Smash' -- NBC
Jeremy Jordan made a splash earlier this month when he debuted as hot new New York City talent (with a chip on his shoulder) -- Jimmy Collins -- on NBC's "Smash."
Katharine McPhee's Karen Cartwright may be developing her relationship beyond the professional with Jack Davenport's Derek, but the pair may hit a curve in the road now that she's becoming smitten with the young songwriter with the powerfully perfect voice.
Jeremy was actually pulling double duty when he first began his "Smash" adventure - starring in "Newsies" on Broadway and filming the show.
He told AccessHollywood.com he actually filmed the first five episodes of the show (the third one premieres tonight at 10 PM on NBC) while holding down both gigs. Eventually, despite his love of Broadway (which loves him back - he was nominated in 2012 for a Tony) it was "Smash" that won his full-time attention. And Jimmy is no one-note character. There's a heavy back story on the way and, according to Jeremy, his character will be causing some trouble in Season 2.
AccessHollywood.com: You're on Twitter -- what was the reaction from people following the season premiere?
Jeremy Jordan: Twitter blew up. I got probably a few thousand Tweets... It's been insane... Most people talked about how much they liked the song ['Broadway, Here I Come'], honestly. I had a couple tiny little scenes before that, but that was the first big introduction for my character, so I think that was kind of like the moment that people sort of perked up and were like 'Who is that?' Most people were talking about how much they like the song... I hope they sort of like the bad boy element.
Access: It's a change to be wearing the leather jackets and modern clothing from 'Newsies.'
Jeremy: (Laughs) Definitely.
Access: What did the family think -- back home in Corpus Christi? Did they all watch?
Jeremy: Yeah, I think everybody went over to my mom's house and she said everybody was crying and all that stuff... I guess they're just proud. It's probably because of the song [that] they were crying. It's a pretty powerful song.
Access: You had to leave your gig on Broadway to do this show. How hard of a decision was that?
Jeremy: It was really a transition for me. Actually, I didn't leave it at first. I did the first five episodes while still in my show on Broadway and I figured I would leave eventually, but when I got 'Smash,' I had only been doing the show for like four months... and they told me my character on 'Smash' wouldn't be showing up a whole lot until later on. Turns out that wasn't the case (laughs), so I ended up being really, really busy all the time. I just kept missing shows from my Broadway show and it got to the point to where I was doing only half the shows every week and I had to go, I had to leave, for my own sanity.
Access: How did you balance the two while you were doing both?
Jeremy: I think that I survived through it, but I was tired all the time. I didn't have any days off. I was really scared that I was going to lose my voice at any second because [on] both projects I had to sing a lot... I was always drinking a lot of water, I was trying to stay as healthy as possible, but it was tough.