By Charles Trepany USA TODAY -“It was a moment like oh (expletive), really? Me? … It was a cool moment,” Jordan told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday, saying he found out while he was in the car with a friend, who immediately started teasing him.
“I am so pleased with myself,” Kimmel said. “I feel like put it out in the universe and the universe said, ‘Yes, that is correct.’ … That’s my ESP, my Extra Sexiness Perception.”
Jordan, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and “Black Panther,” tells People in an issue out Friday that the honor is a “cool feeling.”
“You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get,’” he said. “But it’s a good club to be a part of.”
The 33-year-old Jordan said the women in his family are “definitely proud of this one.” He credits his entire family for supporting him throughout the years.
“When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” Jordan said. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”
Jordan’s steady rise has come through strong performances on television on series “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights.” He made his mark in film as police shooting victim Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale Station,” boxer Adonis Creed in the “Rocky” sequels “Creed” and “Creed II” along with his stellar work as Erik Killmonger in the record-breaking “Black Panther.”
Along with his acting endeavors, Jordan has championed change behind the scenes in Hollywood. He started his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, which was among the first to embrace the inclusion rider, adopting the pledge to seek diverse casts and crews.
Jordan has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and vocal about early voting registration for this year’s election.
“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” he told People. “I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action — big or small — to help create the change we want to see.”
“This form of sexy is a niche market, but I appreciate that you’re recognizing it,” the “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator and star joked in a video interview for the magazine.
Levy also offered an update on what he’s been up to in 2020.
“Other than baking a lot of bread and taking my dog on some long walks, it’s been a lot of reading and learning,” said Levy, adding that he’s discovered cooking isn’t his forte.
As for entertainment, Levy said he’s spent the pandemic binging “every single television show that’s ever been made,” including “Normal People,” “Insecure” and even a little bit of “Tiger King.” However, the actor said his taste in TV slowly devolved from scripted drama to reality fare like “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Below Deck Mediterranean.”
“I went from pretty OK TV, and then it just slid downhill,” he said. “Now it’s people throwing drinks at each other on a yacht.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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