The tragic loss of writer and actor Leslie Jordan in a car crash in Hollywood this morning is bringing back his numerous memorable roles. Jordan had a lengthy and impressive list of credits performing in every film, including “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” “The Help;” “Will & Grace” “And Star Trek: Voyager.”
Jordan was also part of the repertory cast of “American Horror Story” and is featured as a character in “Coven,” “Roanoke,” and “1984.” His role as a character in “Roanoke” may be his most memorable. In the movie, Jordan played Ashley Gilbert Reenactor in the show “My Roanoke Nightmare” of spirit medium Cricket Marlowe, who attempts to help Shelby (Sarah Paulson), Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr.), and Lee (Angela Bassett) in finding Lee’s daughter.
As with many characters in this particularly brutal season, Ashley faces a brutal final during “Roanoke.” For instance, so does Cricket in the show within a show? At the end of “Roanoke’s” first half, Cricket is executed in a ritual sacrifice by ghosts of the lost colonists. It is the only time he is exposed to the reality of the woods surrounding Shelby and Matt’s house by Scathach, the witch who is immoral in the woods and who is played by the legendary Lady Gaga. The short scenes between Jordan, as well as Gaga were quite brutal. However, Jordan kept it in with a different perspective.
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Making an appearance on Trailblazers Radio just this past June, Leslie Jordan remembered being introduced to his famous actor-friend (via Entertainment Weekly). “The first day, I showed up, and there was a girl standing there, and they said, ‘Leslie, have you met Stefani?’ And I thought she was maybe an extra. I didn’t know who she was.”
The fact that we don’t recognize Lady Gaga seems a little absurd. Although Gaga is a real person whose title is Stefani, Germanotta may be dressed in full makeup and costume as Scathach. This would render her almost indistinguishable. Whatever the case, Jordan gave her a modest yet polite welcome before walking away in awe of the fact that the person who he had just welcomed to his home was a major character in the prior series on “American Horror Story.”
Jordan has previously stated that his time working with Gaga was, in a word, somewhat wild. “She took me in the woods right before we shot and said, ‘You know, I tend to sexualize all my acting partners.’ I thought, ‘Where’s this going?'” If Jordan thought about the fact that he was alongside a famous musician isn’t certain at the Time. “Well honey, she kicked me, rolled me over, and got down on me and started riding me … I didn’t know what I was supposed to do!” However, in April 2020, the man stated, “You know, I can tell when I meet you, within three minutes, how you were raised. When I met Lady Gaga on the ‘American Horror’ set … beautifully brought up” (via E! News).