Michael B. Jordan On Fruitvale Station, Spider-Man’s Sexuality, And Dancing With Zac Efron

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Michael B. Jordan And Fruitvale Station Cast

L to R: Octavia Spencer, director Ryan Coogler, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan

Based on your body of work, do people expect you to be very, very serious when they meet you?
I don’t know [laughs]! What did you expect?

Well from your roles: serious, mature, well-spoken, but I was hoping—and it’s been confirmed—that you’d be nice, affable, and not so serious.
[Laughs] Not so serious? I’m a grown boy, I have my moments. I think everyone has their moments, but I know to be serious when it’s time to be serious. The roles are clearly dramatic and have serious tones to them, but I like acting, I like jumping out of my comfort zone and playing people that aren’t me so it’s a different, fun portrayal.

Do you fear that you’re being typecast at all? Are you looking at roles that can go against what you’ve previously done?
I have a film coming out January 31, which is a romantic comedy called Are We Officially Dating? with Miles Teller and Zac Efron–I think that’s very different than what I’ve ever done before. Not really scared of being typecast at all, it’s ultimately my choice at the end of the day in what I’m doing. I want to do things that show range; I want to do all types of work. I would not like to be typecast, so I’m looking for things that are all over the place just to try to find my different sides and personalities.

How was it working on a comedy?
It was a little nerve-wracking, but it was fun. It was fun getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new for the first time.

You star alongside with Zac Efron, who’s also been in the business for a long time, albeit in projects that are very different from what you’ve done. Did he teach you any dance moves from his High School Musical days?
Oh come on, girl, you’re reaching [laughs]. You think guys get together on the phone at night and say, “Let me see the routine!”? [Sings] “And bend, and snap, and spin!” No, I didn’t do any “kumbaya” [laughs].

I’m a woman, I don’t know what guys do when they hang out.
[Laughs] No, we didn’t do that. We hung out, we ran the streets of New York, we had a good time. I’ve known Zac, being out here in L.A., so he was a buddy of mine walking into it. It was like shooting with one of my good friends and that always works out for the best.

Is there a genre you haven’t done that you’re looking to explore next?
I really want to get into action-adventure stuff, maybe some thrillers, some fantasy, everything. I don’t know what’s next to tell you the truth, but I just want to move forward into all different types of genres. Maybe not comedy so much, I’m not sure.

Did you find filming a comedy scary? It’s difficult to go out there and tell a joke, hoping people will laugh.
Yeah, for sure. I have a new respect for comedic films and actors because it is different, it’s difficult. That’s not the reason why I’m shying away from it–it’s a personal preference. There’s a lot of genres that I’m more interested in.

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