Exclusive: Interview with Jordan Hinson of ABC Family’s “Kevin from Work”
The CableTV blog team spoke with Jordan Hinson (of “Eureka” and “Kevin from Work”) to get the scoop on what we can expect in the fall finale of “Kevin from Work.” Check out what Jordan has to say about auditioning, working with Barbie Adler, her screenplays, and her future projects. Click play to listen to the interview, or read the transcript below.
CTV: Hi, Jordan. How are you?
Jordan: I’m good. How are you?
CTV: Good. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I know “Kevin from Work” is a new comedy. It premiered in August on ABC Family, and the fall finale is Wednesday, the 7th, right?
Jordan: Yes, this Wednesday.
CTV: So what can we expect—if you’re able to say anything—in this fall finale and are there more episodes coming?
Jordan: We have not been told one way or another. We hope, but you know.
Jordan: They’re waiting until this airs, maybe. But you can expect—I was actually surprised they paired these episodes together because the last episode, it’s very moving and shocking. So I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how the season ends.
CTV: I can’t wait to find out. So, what drew you to this project?
Jordan: I just loved the comedy of it. I loved the writing. I thought it was really intelligent, and it spoke to people my age in a very intelligent kind of way. My character was just—I couldn’t not want to play that character. It’s so much fun.
CTV: You originally auditioned for Audrey, right?
Jordan: Yeah, I originally auditioned for Audrey. It was one of those, “Here I go, auditioning for the beautiful love interest.” Just not me. Halfway though the audition, the casting director was just like, “You know, I think there’s another part that would suit you better.” So I just cold read it, and just immediately connected with it.
CTV: That’s awesome. If you could describe Roxy in three words, how would you describe her?
Jordan: I would say carefree, spontaneous, and very fashionable.
CTV: Definitely. And she’s super sassy, but she for sure has this caring, nurturing part to her as well.
Jordan: She means well, you know?
CTV: Yeah, and she wants to stick up for her brother when she can. There’s more depth to her than people might initially think, I would say.
Jordan: I think so.
CTV: So the series is written, created, and produced by Barbie Adler, who is well-known for her work on “How I Met Your Mother” and “Arrested Development.” What’s it like working with her?
Jordan: She’s incredible and the really neat thing about her is that she lets us all have such a voice in these characters. From the day we auditioned for it, she just knew immediately that we were the right ones for the characters and has written some of us into them, but I mean nothing beats her writing. I’m just a fan of hers to begin with—those are like two of my favorite shows, “How I Met Your Mother” and “Arrested Development”—so I think that’s what drew me to the writing as well. But she’s hands on, she’s always on set, we really couldn’t ask for a better show runner.
CTV: That’s so great to hear. So you do have a bit of role in the say of your character development?
Jordan: Yeah, I think that they really take what we suggest and what we have. A lot of the things that end up in the final cut are improv, which is great because there’s not a lot of shows that are willing to let their actors do that.
CTV: That’s awesome. I don’t hear about that much.
Jordan: She recognized that it was very crucial to our characters and our relationships.
CTV: That’s so rad. So I know you have experience acting in a variety of genres. Do you have a preference? Or are you kind of just up for anything?
Jordan: I’m usually up for anything, but right now I’m really enjoying comedy. I’ve just reached this point in my life where everything is too serious and it’s the one thing that makes me happy.
CTV: That’s awesome, so it’s something that you have more fun with nowadays. And I read that you love writing screenplays, are those just for fun or do you have plans to pursue those?
Jordan: I just really finished the one that I want to make. Well, there’s two actually. I wrote one with my mom, which is more of a comedy. And then I wrote is drama that I’m really going to push to make. But it’s been hard since we’ve been filming so much, I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on that sort of thing. But I think now in our off time, I might take that time and see what I can do.
CTV: Oh course. That’s so cool that you can kind of explore all these different facets of the industry.
Jordan: Yeah, why not? That’s what it’s there for.
CTV: I also read that you often contemplate getting your next tattoo. What’s your favorite tattoo that you already have?
Jordan: I have a bull skull on my forearm that I got. I filmed this alien movie in—it hasn’t come out yet—New Mexico, Arizona. And I’m originally from El Paso, Texas and I was just reminded so much of home that I was drawn to getting a tattoo, so it’s one my more recent but it’s definitely probably my favorite one.
CTV: Cool. Do you get to make it back home to Texas quite a bit?
Jordan: I just got back from there yesterday actually.
CTV: Oh, nice.
Jordan: I go as often as I can. Like I said, my schedule’s been kind of crazy lately, but whatever time I have I love to go be with my family and visit everyone.
CTV: If you could star on any show or be a repeat role on any show, what would it be? And you can choose a couple if it’s hard to pick.
Jordan: Okay. Could it be a show that’s off-air?
CTV: It could be anything.
Jordan: Okay, let me think. All my favorite shows ended.
CTV: What’s your favorite shows that you love to binge watch?
Jordan: “Breaking Bad” was obviously one of the top. “How I Met Your Mother,” I went through probably three times [laughter]. There’s so many great shows—that’s what I love right now—TV’s kind of taken over. “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” all those shows have more of a cinema feel.
CTV: And you hinted at this a little bit, but you have a couple projects coming up—I think in post-production, is that right?
CTV: I’m sure you can’t say a ton, but what can you share with us about those, or when can we expect them?
Jordan: The couple that I’m really excited about, they’re in editing because they have a ton of special effects, one of which being a movie called “Higher Power” that I filmed probably two years ago. But it’s a really incredible movie and I just so badly want it to come out. It’s a little supernatural phenomenon film. And then “False Memory Syndrome” is the one that I just filmed which is an alien movie that also has a ton of special effects. Which I think will probably be happening sooner than later.
CTV: We’ll look for those. And finally, where can your fans find you on social media?
Jordan: Jordan Danger on Twitter, on Instagram. I’m Jordan Danger.
CTV: Perfect. Well, thanks Jordan, so much. We appreciate it and we’re looking forward to the fall finale, and all the best.
Jordan: Thank you so much, good to meet you.
CTV: Have a great evening.
Sarah is a writing teacher and pop culture addict. Her current TV obsessions include "The Mindy Project" and "Girls" (and endless reruns of "Sex and the City"). She also enjoys following far too many celebrities than she should on Instagram.