STAGE TO SCREENS: Jeremy Jordan Dishes On His New Role as Bad-Boy Heartthrob of NBC's "Smash"

By Michael Gioia
31 Jan 2013

Krysta Rodriguez
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Tony nominee and rising star Jordan said that juggling both stage and television was a bit overwhelming; last summer he was shooting by day and performing Newsies at night. "When I first got cast, I wouldn't have told you it was easy. I would have told you it was the hardest thing in the world because I was also doing Newsies at the same time, so on my day off, I would be here… I ended up leaving [Newsies] right before my wedding in September," said the busy actor, who tied the knot to recent Rock of Ages cast member Ashley Spencer.

Although Jordan is finding comfort starring on the small and big screens (prior to "Smash," the actor was seen opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the 2012 movie "Joyful Noise"), it won't take much to get him back on the Great White Way. "I miss the theatre. I do. You miss the camaraderie with your castmates that you see every day," admitted Jordan. "It's very humbling having to learn to let go once you filmed a scene [for television], and it's out of your control completely. It's humbling, but it's difficult. On stage, you're the final product."

Before heading back for another take of "The Goodbye Song," Jordan said that the second season of "Smash" will be "younger" and "sexier." With Jordan, Rodriguez, Mientus and Hit List on Season Two's roster, the shimmer of youth seems obvious.

Read The Smash Report,'s episode-by-episode recap of Season One, starting with the season finale from spring 2012.

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