Interview by Lauren Douglass
Described by Hollywood insiders as a “relentless redhead with a free spirit and a determined will,” Hallie Jordan has earned her place in the world of television and film. This actress, producer and founder of Small Red Star Productions has worked her way through every aspect of the industry and this summer sits poised and ready for multiple motion picture releases including highly anticipated horror flick, Tell Me Your Name. Here, she shares what she’s learned on her journey thus far – about facing rejection, life in L.A. and making your professional dreams come true.
Tell me a little about your background and how you got started in acting.
I’ve been acting since I was around six years old. My grandfather was a publicist for RKO Films, my mom was into the arts and my dad was an inventor in telecommunications, so I was always surrounded my theatre, film and TV. I just followed it!
Can you tell me about some of your current projects?
I’m about to leave to Georgia to do a movie called Tell Me Your Name. I’m doing a couple movies in London in the fall and end of summer, and possibly some other things this summer. But mostly right now I’m working on Tell Me Your Name. It’s similar to the Exorcist – a horror movie. I play the nurse that examines the girl who is possessed and realize that there must be something wrong. I’ve done surrealist and Sci-Fi thrillers before, but this is the first time I’ve been actively in a full-fledged horror film.
What do you think has brought you to where you are in your career?
I was actually just talking to a friend of mine about what it takes to make it in Hollywood, and something that stuck out to me is that it takes persistence, not consistency. I have gone through everything that you can go through in this industry – from being scammed to bad bets, things that fell through – and I’ve remained persistent. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told I can’t act, or that I’m not pretty enough or not tall enough, or that this station doesn’t want me or I’ve been shelved. But I’m still here. And because I’m still here, I’m now starting to book bigger projects, all because I wouldn’t let anyone tell me no.
Where do you think that drive and courage within yourself comes from?
A lot of factors. I went to a new school every year from fifth grade until college, and lived in a new house from kindergarten until college, so I’ve had to learn to adapt in a lot of different ways. I think I’m able to do it now because I don’t give myself another option. I always say if you can see yourself doing something else and being happy, do it. I couldn’t be. As frustrated as I get with myself in my career at some points, I’m happy that I’m doing this and I’m not doing something else. So I will do what it takes to continue moving forward.
Do you find yourself afraid of anything?
Always – of course. Frankly, a lot of things that I’m afraid of have come true. Like I said, I’ve been scammed, broken and bruised. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong, and every experience has built the next one and has made me a better person for it. You have to face your fear or you’re never going to get it done. If not, you quit. And quitting has never been an option for me.
If you could go back and tell your younger self something, what would it be?
Keep going. Don’t take to heart what other people say; don’t get so wrapped up in the little things. And just keep going! You’re making art – creating a show. That’s what show business is. You’re creating spectacle, not real life. So what you’re creating is separate from what life is. So keep pushing – keep creating. And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.