While he was born and raised in Humble, Jordan R. Coleman took his passion for acting and transformed it into a professional career.
Acting was not always Coleman’s goal dream career. He explained that he predominately focused on sports throughout his adolescence, playing football throughout his high school years. It was in high school theater, however, that he realized acting was the right path for him.
“The teachers in the theater department in Humble High School were my primary inspiration; it was through their efforts that I realized I really enjoyed acting, and I decided to act on this,” said Coleman.
Coleman focused on his passion for acting and saved enough money to relocate to Los Angeles. There, he began reaching out to agents after picking up listings from the famous Samuel French Film and Theatre Bookshop (which is now permanently closed).
Through his efforts, he began picking up small supporting roles in series such as “A Million Little Things” and “BET – Rebel,” which helped propel him to his biggest role yet in FX’s “Snowfall, “where he plays ‘Fatback’ in the show’s third season.
FX’s “Snowfall” is a crime/drama television series, created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. The series is set in Los Angeles in 1983 and it revolves around the first crack epidemic and its impact on the culture of LA. Coleman explained that his character, ‘Fatback,’ is based on a friend that Singleton had in his personal life, and is also inspired by Boyz n the Hood’s ‘Doughboy.’ The character, as Coleman describes, “offers comic relief, but is nonetheless a ruthless drug dealer. He definitely has that duality to him that is fun to explore.”
His favorite experience about working in the television series was not only a chance to work in Canada, but also to see how the cast interacts, both on and off the set.
He will star in the upcoming fourth series of “Snowfall,” which premieres Feb. 24 on FX.
Coleman has always seen himself as more of a comic when it comes to acting, crediting his roots as a football player in developing his humorous personality. “I have always been the funny guy while playing sports. I cultivated my comedic personality even further at home and when I started doing improvisation acting a decade ago. It has always been one of my main strengths,” added Coleman. He explained that his roles thus far have focused on providing comedic relief.
Coleman described his favorite things about acting. “There are two things that make acting special for me, with the first being the opportunity to collaborate with other artists. Going into a production, it is always my goal to bring my strengths to the table and see how I can contribute. Secondly, I love changing people’s moods and making people laugh; this is what truly makes acting special to me,” said Coleman.
He added that he has always looked up to actors such as Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington, which encourage him to be the best version of himself.
Moving forward, Coleman hopes to continue the success that he has garnered from his performance in Snowfall and work on more television series, taking on leading roles. He hopes to eventually perform in a movie production.