What would it be like to be a teenage superhero? Would that be fun? Exciting? A good boost to your self-confidence? It must be pretty great to be able to quick read your textbooks, fly wherever you go and know you never have to worry about bullies, right?
Maybe, but we suppose so, if we asked Superman & Lois’s Jordan Kent how life for a teenage hero is, he would choose a very different word to describe it – stressful. For a year or so, since developing his powers, Jordan has been kidnapped and brainwashed by a Kryptonic uncle he did not know he had, accidentally hurting his brother, got himself in trouble for using his powers to save Jonathan and Candice, got himself in trouble for secretly training with his grandfather and got himself in trouble with his girlfriend Sarah, who responded by breaking up with him. (He gets in a lot of trouble.)
It turns out that being the son of Superman is not just about cool costumes and global admiration. It’s actually really hard … and that was before Superman disappeared, leaving Jordan and John Henry Irons to fill the void as best they could. It’s a lot for a guy who also – so we do not forget – have social anxiety and until recently was always in his brother’s shadow. So with Superman and Lois When we returned this week after a four-week break, we thought we should check out our young hero – or more precisely, actor Alex Garfin – to see how he fared. In the process, we asked Garfin where he feels Jordan has room to grow, how seriously he sees Jordan’s relationship with Sarah, and whether he’s ready to cut up, like his closest cartoon counterpart.
Adding kids to a superhero show is always a risky proposition, but pretty much everyone seems to be really in love with Jordan and Jonathan. What do you think makes the characters so irresistible?
I think the dynamics between the two make them very irresistible. Many people really love, in their entertainment, two contrasting voices that in a way become one. Jordan and Jonathan are very different and we are twins. They have the idea of being a unit, but they are also extremely contrasting. It draws people. Think of Lennon / McCartney – there are all these amazing examples of two contrasting voices coming together. When it works, it really works, and the writers have done really well.
We are only in the process of two seasons, but Jordan has already grown significantly as a person. I’m curious though. What is an area where you feel he still has a lot more to grow and mature?
Overall, he has seen a lot grow, but primarily in his relationships. He must understand that maturity does not come over things, maturity is knowing the limit of what hurts you and other people, and knowing how to react to it in an appropriate way. We see Sarah tell him she kissed someone else and he gets over it quickly because I think he thinks it was the mature thing to do. People tell him it was the mature thing to do. But it hurts him and affects him, and the fact that he was hurt on some level also had to affect Sarah and the people he loves. It’s something you find out in life. You just have to figure out how to navigate by harming yourself and other people.
We saw Jordan really go up recently and protect Jonathan and his girlfriend from a strong drug dealer. Are we going to see Jonathan use his powers to fight crime and injustice a little more forward? Or is it not something he is interested in?
I think it’s fair to assume we’ll screw it up. If you can look at the past and project the future, you can definitely see it coming. However, let’s look at the circumstances. It was out of necessity, right? In the next episode, it was also out of necessity because no one was there to save his ex-boyfriend’s father. No one wanted. John Henry was not there. I was there. So whether he starts doing it out of necessity or out of a desire, it has to show. And it’s an interesting, important story that gives the kid who’s a little more shy, the superpowers, because I think if it was Jonathan, he would save people all day.
Do you think Jordan understands why Jonathan has made the choices he has this season? And in your opinion, what does Jordan think of Candice? Do you think he approves?
I think Jordan does not know what to think of Candice. To begin with, it was like, “This girl is a drug dealer.” I think he understands where Jonathan is coming from. They have a deep understanding of each other. You see it like that in episode seven, where Jonathan gets busted and Jordan comes around and makes some fun of him. I think he understands the position that Jonathan is in. I also think he’s a bit like, “Well, man, you did something like that to yourself. I told you what’s going on, and that is, what’s going on. “
So there’s a mix of the two emotions going on. As for Candice, Jonathan tried to explain Candice’s situation – the socioeconomic factors involved in her decision making. I just think Jordan does not really know what to think.
Let’s switch to Jordan’s relationship now. Sarah has just broken up with him, but I’m curious about how you see their relationship in the long run. Is she Jordan Lois? Or does she look more like Jordan’s Lana Lang – an important relationship, but not the love of his life?
I think it would be ironic if Sarah turned out to be Jordan’s Lana Lang. Maybe it’s just running in the family with them.
No, I think it would be a little fake to compare them to both. Yes, it’s Jordan’s first love, but at the same time I do not know how that relationship will go all the way into the future. Clark and Lana are still very, very close today, and obviously Clark and Lois are married. Clark Kent is an interesting guy because he’s really only had two boyfriends. (laughs) I’ve had three drunk girlfriends in my life. When you are a teenager, you review them. It happens.
There is also the question of Jordan’s secret and the way it will affect any relationship. I feel like having to keep this big thing from everyone he dates would make dating really hard for Jordan.
That would make dating extremely difficult for Jordan! He can not reveal a large part of himself, and that part he can not give up, no matter what. Ian Samoil said something really beautiful. He is the director of our last section. He related it to working with movies and other really busy jobs. Your spouse loves you, but you have all these hours of work that your spouse many times cannot understand. Eventually they get tired. “Why don’t you spend some time with me? You’re always at work!”
But the tragedy is that if Jordan did not have that part of himself, as if the people who work in this industry did not have the part of themselves that loves this and would like to work those hours if they had to give it up , they would not be the person the other person fell in love with.
So true, and so good a comparison.
It’s personal. You know?
Similarly, do you think having superpowers would make high school easier, or just make it harder? I always thought it was the former, though Superman and Lois has really made me rethink it.
I think that would make it a lot harder. It’s like your dad’s president, or maybe a senator or even a CIA agent. You are in this vulnerable position all the time and no one can relate to you. You can not tell them what’s going on. Maybe you would have this really cool part of your life and you would get to do things that no one else can do, but at the same time you will not get to do the other things that other people can do that are these really normal , basic things that make people what they are.
Superman’s son in the comics has now taken on the role of Superman himself. We do not know if the show will do the same, but if it does, are you ready to put on the costume?
Oh man, yes! It would be great to put on the suit. It would mean that I contribute to this ethos even more than I already do, and it is an honor to do so. I can not imagine the weight of it at all.
Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 20.00 (19.00 CST) on The CW, or watch season 1 now on HBO Max! Looking for more about Family of Steel? Visit our official Superman & Lois show page.