The One Thing You Need to Look Out for on Teen Wolf This Season
You may recognize that AH-dorable smile from peeking through the dark facade of Noah on the mid-season finale of Teen Wolf. Well, get ready to see a whole lot more of it; 21-year-old Jordan Fisher is gearing up to star alongside big names — Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega and Keke Palmer, to name a few — on Fox’s Grease: Live on January 31!
Right after he heard the good news that he landed the gig, we stole him away for a quick chat; we don’t know who was more excited for the premiere: him or us. In the meantime, we’re about 99.99% sure you’ll be seeing a whole lot of him on the rest of Teen Wolf this season, because he not-so-subtly dropped a few hints. For more info on him reprising the role of Noah, or all the Grease: Live excitement you need, check out our chat here:
We can’t wait for Fox’s production of Grease: Live. When did you hear the news that you got the part as Doody?
“It’s funny; I had just had lunch with a buddy of mine, Dexter Darden, who’s in the The Maze Runner franchise. He’s actually one of my best friends, so whenever we’re both in town, we’re usually together. That day, we had just had lunch and I just told him that I met with the director a few days before and I told him how cool it would be if I got it. We were at his house, and literally five minutes after we had that conversation, I got the call… Whenever you know you’re up for a project like this, you imagine what it’s going to be like if you get the call, and then your reaction is never what you anticipate it being (laughs); all the excitement and adrenaline just rushes. For me, I grew up doing theater and loving Grease and watching the movie all the time, so to be a part of this format and to introduce Grease to this generation — and reintroduce it to generations prior — is exciting. Then, to be able to do it in this format is something that myself and the cast are all really looking forward to.”
Did you get to read lines with any of the other cast members during the auditioning process?
“No, it was a pretty quick process. Basically, it was earlier this year in January when I sang at a friend’s wedding. The execs of Paramount happened to be at this wedding and pursued my management, without me knowing that Grease was even happening. I met with her after and we spent about forty minute building a tape for Doody for Marc Platt, who’s the producer for the show. She sent that off and told me it would be a while before I heard anything. It was literally all year. Not only had I kind of let it go and thought that they might have gone in a different direction, I also completely forgot that it was happening (laughs). Then, all of a sudden, I saw an article that Aaoron Tveit was going to be Danny and I was like, ‘Oh, right! I forgot all about this’ It was a little over a month ago when I got a call from my team that they wanted to sit down and talk about the role and the show. I met with Marc Platt and it was a couple of days after that I got the call. I guess it was technically a short process, but in the long run it was the longest audition process (laughs). I didn’t actually read with anyone, though. It was pretty quick and under the radar for casting and the majority of the roles. It’s exciting and nerve-racking in the best ways. Looking at the roster and cast list, it’s been exciting to see who I would be getting close to. The only thing that we did as a cast before rehearsals were the press shoot in November, and we all got along really well.”
The T-Birds are definitely the bad boys of Rydell High and are always trying to impress the girls. Are you like that in real life, too?
“(Laughs) I would like to say yes, but not really. I’ve always been the nice guy; the older I’ve gotten, I’ve added a little more edge to me –I have a bunch more tattoos and wear a lot more black and grey than I used to — but nothing of my personality has changed. I try to treat people well and decent. The thing about Doody, is that even though he’s a T-Bird, he’s kind of the “Buddy Holly” of the group; he’s the guy that has dreams, goals and plans, and isn’t going to let anyone get in the way of that. Everybody is really supportive of him and what he wants to accomplish. Early on in the show I sing, “Those Magic Changes,” and it’s kind of my ode to what I want to accomplish in my life and what I want to reach. He wants to be the next Buddy Holly or Elvis, and grab a guitar and wow the world with his music, but he’s never played the guitar in his life (laughs). Doody aspires to be something great and do something great. All of his friends are super supportive of that, and it definitely goes hand-in-hand with my life. I’ve had very few people in my life tell me that I can’t do something, which has only been a huge confidence booster for me. Doody is definitely a T-Bird, and I guess would be considered one of the “bad boys,” but he’s a sweetheart and I’m happy to be able to portray that.”
The T-Birds are always going out of there way to get the girls’ attention. Growing up have you ever done something funny or embarrassing to impress your crush?
“It’s funny because whenever I get these questions, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Everybody at some point in their life has had someone that they want to impress and act cool in front of, so I’ve definitely done that. I’ve had a conversation with a girl, while in my head I’m only focusing on what I look like and how I’m sounding (laughs). Then, I’ll be zoned out and thrown off in the conversation… If you’re yourself, then you’ll end up with the person you’re supposed to be with. I’ve had that mentality for as long as I can remember. I always try to go out of my way to be myself in front of my crush, and at the end of the day, whoever I end up with will be exactly right for me. Cliches aside, that’s always been my mentality, but everyone’s guilty of trying to act a little extra spicey or cool here and there (laughs).”
Switching gears, when we caught up with you on the Teen Choice Awards Red Carpet this summer, you shared the big news that you’d be guest starring on Teen Wolf. Obviously we’re dying to know — will Noah will be making a reappearance?
“Oh man! Well, definitely watch the 5B premiere… Definitely watch it and don’t miss that…”
You got it! What was it like being thrown into the middle of Teen Wolf?
“It was incredible. I had not watched the show before I started working on it, but when I got the call that they wanted to build this character, I knew I had to somehow catch up; I had no clue what was happening (laughs). I was like, ‘This guy is named “Stile” — what is going on?!’ (Laughs) I was literally thrown into the middle of it all. So, before I started working on it, I binge-watched the first season and introduced myself to the characters and became hooked; I understand the fandom, because the show has something really special with the story and the cast. Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Posey, Shelley Hennig and everyone else in the cast has been doing it for so long, but don’t need their egos stroked. It’s literally a cast full of the sweetest, kindest people and I was welcomed with open arms. The first thing I was told from Tyler and Shelley was, ‘Welcome to the family!’ I was like ‘What?! That’s what you say to new people?!’ It’s definitely a very family-oriented set and everyone is welcomed. It only makes for a very conducive work environment, so that you’re comfortable being vulnerable in front of all these people; I’m happy to be part of the family for sure.”
At the Teen Choice Awards you also mentioned that we’d be hearing some music this spring. Is that still the plan?
“Yes! It definitely is. I just finished my album; I got back from Miami and tied up the last few songs that we needed to decide upon for the record. At this point, it’s just a matter of getting it all ready and prepared for everyone. The hardest part for me is the waiting. We’ve been doing all this stuff — the music videos and photo shoots and all of that — and I have this body of music that I’ve been working on for the last year and a half and am so ready to put it out to the rest of the world. I hope people enjoy it as much as I had fun making it. We’re hoping to be able to drop the first single early February, so that’s the goal.”
We also heard that you and Ross Lynch were always making music on the set of Teen Beach 2. Do you still keep in touch with Ross? Any chance you and he would collab in the future?
“Yeah, 100%. We definitely keep in touch and he’s somebody that was my closest friend in the cast. We’ll check in with each other here and there, because he’s busy being a rock star and touring the world. He’ll randomly hear a song and then text or call me and be like, ‘Dude, you got to listen to this!’ It’s a good brotherly relationship, which is nice; we make sure we’re both good and okay and feed each other music as best as we can. It’s really great and I’m so proud of him. He’s a really hard-working and dedicated human being, and remains able to be humble and genuine with everyone he meets; I’m really proud to call him a friend.”
Do you have anything else that you can share with fans?
“My appreciation. Whenever I get an opportunity to thank them, I genuinely want to do that from the bottom of my heart. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do if they didn’t care; they do, and it’s awesome and allows me to do what I love. I’ll forever be grateful for that.”