Michael B. Jordan (or as he is now known to the world, Michael Bae) has made Hollywood a wonderful place again. The young actor is being described as “the new Hollywood” and responsible for “redefining” what tempting means in America. He is so much more than that, though. He has only recently shot to fame thanks to his boy Ryan Coogler and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Jordan, as famous as he is, has proven himself to be down-to-earth and even attainable to his fans. He single-handedly makes girls (and boys) swoon. This is due to his honesty, his integrity, and his dedication to his craft. The actor stays humble and loving. So humble that most of the time he is oblivious to the effect he has on his fans. He has managed to unite races in agreeance with how BA Killmonger was, and how great Black Panther was as a film that represents society. He takes on projects that mean a lot and ultimately have a deeper message to get out. A lot of the time projects like that don’t garner a lot of attention, but because of who he is, he has shed a light on things that normally get lost in the hustle and bustle of the film world.
In a short time, Jordan has made a significant splash in Hollywood. He is representing a generation that has a lot to offer and is the immediate future of the film world. And here we are wondering why he is so swoon-worthy and leaves our hearts feeling like they are floating on a delicate cloud formed directly from God’s hands.
20 Parenthood: The TV Show
Jordan was low-key famous before he was on Parenthood; he was on The Wire which was a huge TV show and while he was only on for a short while, he made a lasting impression. However, his character on Parenthood showed a softer side of Jordan. In addition, it introduced him to an entirely new fan base and proved to his OG fan base that he can be versatile. He played a sweet, normal guy who was in AA and really trying to make a difference in his life. He meets Haddie Braverman and she is in awe, just like the rest of the world.
Their relationship is rocky but mostly because her parents think she is too young to be in a relationship with someone who has already experienced so much in life.
He played the role like a real pro and it was one of the first times that his smile was truly appreciated on TV. In The Wire, his role was grittier and more intense, there were not many opportunities for him to smile and be happy. So Parenthood was refreshing and of course, the show is heartbreaking so, they needed that little bit of sunshine in their show even if it was just a smile.
19 His Obsession With Anime
Michael seems to be an open book. He is honest and loves to share little tidbits about his life. One of those tidbits that he shared was that he LOVES anime.
During an interview with DuJour.com Jordan admitted that loves anime and he is somewhat of a closeted nerd. “Jordan says he generally spends his downtime collecting graphic novels and obsessing over Japanese anime.” Word on the street is he is even developing several animated films of his own. He is trying to show his versatility in the entertainment world and we are loving it.
Here is the thing about anime, though. A lot of people claim that they are into it and they even go as far as to name a few shows here and there. However, a lot of the times they have their one or two shows that they like and know nothing else about it. Jordan has proven himself to be a big fan he talks about it in interviews. He references it on social media, he has even named a number of shows that even some of the most die-hard anime fans wouldn’t know about. To be honest, it’s also mad cute that he has that dorky side to him.
18 That Smile!
Unless you are unable to see, we all know that Michael B. Jordan has a beautiful smile. It is intoxicating. Seeing as he is becoming more and more popular, we are regularly being graced with his smile on almost a daily basis. One can argue that his smile is one of the reasons why his career has shot to such a high.
In addition to his great acting, he gives face all day long in almost every setting. The actor is appealing because of his looks but once we were able to get to see more of him and “know” him better, he became more… appealing. We began to look at him in a different light, one that was wasn’t only about looks but about his talent and his soul (okay, that’s corny AF, but it’s true).
The actor comes off as such a good person and because of that, we are inclined to believe that in addition to his beautiful smile and impeccable talent, he is a gentle person who is easy to get along with.
His smile embodies all of that and more. Many people believe that someone’s smile can tell you a lot about them so if that is the truth, then Jordan’s smile is spilling all of his secrets.
17 … More Importantly, That Bawdy!
Okay. So I know I said he is talented enough to look past his superior features, but come on y'all, that bawdy is on point. Jordan works hard on his physique mostly because of his job as an actor and the roles he plays. So it’s almost insulting that we don’t appreciate it. Not just appreciate it but write articles about it, leave comments on his Instagram posts, and of course slide into his DMs.
I just want to make sure he knows he is appreciated and that we appreciate the fact that he works so hard on his god-like physique. There is no denying that films like Black Panther and Creed would be lacking if it wasn’t for the dedication he put into his body. Not to say that his acting is bad because it surely isn’t. It's just that the two go hand-in-hand. He probably has one of the best bodies in Hollywood currently. He isn’t overly muscled and his physique fits him, his body isn’t out of proportion like some other actors we know, and he doesn’t take things too far in the gym. He sticks to a strict diet but allows himself to cheat every once in a while just don’t tell his trainer.
16 He’s Humble
Michael is a humble being. He has shown this on several occasions; the way he interacts with his fans, he speaks to everyone with respect unless they disrespect him, and he is very low-key about how successful he is. The actor is very down to earth and there is nothing more attractive than an actor who is down to earth and attainable.
Many fans who have met him have attested to how cool he is. He is apparently so welcoming and someone that you could just kick it with — not even realizing he's a super famous and wealthy actor.
The actor once said that he didn’t shoot to fame overnight; he had been in the business since he was a child but he did, however, become more popular overnight. He admits that this act has kept him grounded and level-headed.
I can’t be more impressed and more thankful for a celebrity of his range to still be willing to take the time out of his day to address his fans. Let’s be real, he knows that his fans are the backbone of his success. No matter how talented someone is if they don’t have a following they might as well be nobody.
15 Sprite Films
In 2014, Jordan partnered with Sprite Films to help nurture young talent. He signed on as a mentor and program ambassador for the national short film competition that the company has been hosting for several years.
The program takes six emerging student filmmakers and helps them create and provide a theatrical release for their short films. Jordan told Huffington Post: “For first-time film directors, they played such a huge part in my career. All of my movies thus far have been with first-time film directors. And for me, I always feel like I need to give back. Someone had to take a chance on me for the first time. So I'll never shy away from first-time film directors.”
For an actor as big as him, he is dope AF for still taking time out of his day to mentor young talent. He constantly talks about how he can make a difference for young talent. “The biggest advice that I gave to directors was just collaboration, not having an ego. Being able to be a team player with everybody on your team.” Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want Jordan as a mentor? He is successful, he is willing and he is making time for them.
14 He Can Actually Laugh At Himself
Jordan keeps himself cool and collected basically all the time. There hasn’t been one time so far that TMZ or Hollywood Reporter or any other celebrity news site has been able to rag on him for bad behavior. The most they can say is he has clapped back a time or two at trolls (who deserved every ounce of the clapback).
In fact, they mostly report on some of the funny things that he has done even when he plays aa villainous character like Killmonger, there is still nothing but good things to say about him.
Jordan sat down for an interview with Hot Ones, which is an online show where celebrities eat wings that progressively get hotter and hotter as they reveal little tidbits about their lives. And this was one of the rare occasion that fans were able to see Jordan laugh at himself for being called out for loving anime or telling an embarrassing story of himself. It was even funnier to see how much his mouth was burning him because of how hot those darn wings were. The interview is awesome and really shows a side of Jordan that not many people get to see. The hosts of the show are so chill that celebs always end up feeling comfortable around them.
13 He Made Friday Night Lights Just A Little Bit Better
Friday Night Lights was already an amazing show. In fact, I will argue (and probably get a lot of support) for saying that seasons one, two, and three were the best ones. When the entire cast got changed up for seasons four and five, it was a little shaky but the presence of Michael B. Jordan as Vince Howard (a troubled but talented football player) made it bearable.
The relationship between Vince and coach Taylor reminded me of the relationship coach Taylor had with Riggs (well, tried to have). It’s always hard when a cast gets an overhaul. It’s smart because it’s realistic that these students wouldn’t be in high school forever but it’s sad because it’s all the fans have known for however many years beforehand.
Normally when this shake-up takes place the show doesn’t last much longer which is what happened with Friday Night Lights. So, since we had to suffer through two extra seasons that were kind of boring I for one, am glad that we had Jordan to look at. Even then his acting was enough to keep you interested. One thing is for sure, he always manages to choose characters that have a storyline that is easy to get caught up in.
12 The Way He Looks At Lupita Nyong’o
The situation-ship between Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan seriously has fans jealous. The way he looks at her makes us melt and they are supposedly "just friends."
Their chemistry on camera and off is impeccable and he seems like he is down to ask her out. While it would crush the hearts of millions of women around the world, there is also an element of excitement because of how they are around one another.
It’s funny to see him be so cool and collected when she isn’t around, but when they do press together he seems nervous and almost timid dare we call it love? The fact that they are just friends and he is looking at her like she is a freaking goddess is making me really reevaluate what in the word I'm doing with some of the partners that I have chosen.
AVClub.com provided fans with a breakdown of the pair's relationship and why they believe that the couple is in love. One of the reasons they gave was, the subtle way that the two always manage to touch one another. Either a half hug, a touch here and there, and of course how quickly he put his arm around her waist when taking press photos. They aren’t wrong and fans are insanely jealous.
11 He Paid For A Young Girl's Retainer
A fan once admitted to Jordan on social media that she was smiling so hard during a Black Panther scene where he takes his shirt off that she broke her retainer. Being the gentleman that he is, he offered to pay for a new retainer.
Sophia Robb (said retainer breaker) had to have an emergency visit with her orthodontist who was able to fix her up quickly. However, the doctor then felt the need to share the embarrassing story on his social media page, Robb saw the post and admitted it was her and admitted to being beyond embarrassed.
“Wait. That girl is me. That is my orthodontist’s Tumblr. This post is about me? I’m going to k—l myself.” Of course, she was joking but she caught the attention of Jordan who responded: “Since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers, let me know if I can replace them.” WHAT A GENTLEMAN.
This is a testament to the type of dude Jordan is. He saw the humor in the situation and was more than willing to cough up the dollars to pay for what was partly his mistake. This is exactly what I mean when I say that he is so down the earth. It may be a few measly couple hundred to him but to working class people, offering to pay for the retainer probably meant a lot.
10 He Is Supporting The Inclusion Rider
Jordan recently started his own production company called Outlier Society and he immediately announced that he would be adopting the inclusion rider for all the project made under the production company's name.
Inclusion rider should sound familiar to anyone who watched the 2018 Academy Awards because Frances McDormand spent some of her time on stage talking about this new movement.
So what is an inclusion rider exactly? Jordan took to social media to explain it to his fans, “it's a clause in an actor's contract in which they ask or demand that projects have a diverse cast and crew.”
He went on to say he was doing it in support of “the women and men who are leading this fight.”
It was created by Stacy Smith “in which she came up with ways to show more women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities on screen.” The rider says, “women, people of colour, people with disabilities, and members of LGBT and marginalised communities who are traditionally underrepresented be depicted on screen in proportion to their representation in the population." A lot of other celebrities expressed their support for this cause including Brie Larson who is portraying Captain Marvel set to premiere in 2019.
9 He Is Being Called 'The Next Denzel' (Or Better)
Jordan is being called the next Denzel Washington, which means two things. One, he will always be successful in his craft and two, he will soon simply be known as Michael. Please keep in mind that Denzel has a son and a successful one at that. His son, John David Washington, has a thriving career of his own.
He is on the HBO show Ballers. Most recently he starred in BlacKkKlansman — the newest Spike Lee film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and a standing ovation.
So for people to be completely dismissing Washington’s son as his predecessor for a whole new person speaks volumes. Jordan at this point is on his game, he is getting role after role, he is rich, he is focused, and he is making decisions that will surely benefit his future. He acknowledges and accepts the compliment but he doesn’t want to step on the toes of Washington’s son. However, who doesn’t revel in the fact that they are being described as the next Denzel freaking Washington? Or better? I can totally see him as someone who surpasses Denzel’s success but we are thinking like 40 years down the year. Even if he doesn’t live up to this comparison he has certainly carved in his own very successful path in entertainment.
8 His Quotes Are So Inspirational
There is an entire site dedicated to inspirational quotes that came out of Michael B. Jordan’s mouth and call me impressed. After reading more than a few, I felt like I could conquer the world.
Addicted2success.com compiled the best quotes and they range from corny to serious but they are all inspirational in one way or another. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” How can you not want to start your day strong after a quote like that?
“I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.”
Again, I am hella hyped right now. One of the best quotes is, “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” mind freaking blown. Honestly, everyone should bookmark this page and when they feel down or need a boost just scroll through. Looking at Jordan is inspiring enough but knowing that these quotes have flowed between his lips at one point is even more inspiring. #GetYouAManThatCandDBoth
7 He Holds Kendrick Lamar On A Pedestal (Like The Majority Of Us)
Honestly, I love the fact that Jordan sees the value in an artist like Kendrick Lamar. He admits to being a long time fan but things really took off when Lamar was assigned the prestigious task of creating the soundtrack for Black Panther.
Jordan had great things to say about Lamar including calling him “the voice of the people.” What an amazing compliment. He described Kendrick as, "The fact that TDE and Kendrick got behind it and really curated the album, I think we were extremely lucky for that. He’s the voice of the people right now. He’s a true artist and he’s a collaborator. He saw the movie and got inspired. A lot of the songs are inspired by the film. It’s a big collaboration.”
To be honest, it sounds like he is fanboying out and we are excited AF to see him so excited about an artist that many people want to hate on. Jordan even went on to name some of his favorite tracks from the soundtrack. “Favourite tracks off the album are Paramedic, King’s Dead and Pray for.” Which we agree are complete fire. So wait, do he and I have the same taste in music? Maybe we are destined to be now I just have to get that goddess Lupita out of the picture.
6 The Most Attractive Thing You Can Do Video
GQ has a series called “S—t Thing You Can Do Fo A Woman.” It involves women using social media to tell the thing that they believe is the most attractive thing a partner can do for them. While the tweets are rolling in Michael B. Jordan is living them out on camera.
One woman said a hot stone massage, so Jordan appears in a bathrobe rubbing massage oil on his hands getting ready to give that massage. Another woman says allowing her to vent you know get some things off her chest about her day and there he is listening attentively. Jordan literally comes off looking like the best potential partner ever he embodies everything people want in their partners. So yea, it’s unrealistic but it’s also so refreshing to see someone pretend like they care about all the things these women are asking for in their relationships.
The acting is so good we kinda forgot that he isn’t really our boyfriend and he may not be that perfect in real life.
However, the illusion is enough to make us happy and willing to believe the lie. He has another video with Vogue online called "73 Questions With Michael B. Jordan" and it’s just as flattering and exciting. This man really has us out here thinking he is committed to one of us.
5 He Talked About The Male Experience
During that same interview with GQ, Jordan got candid about his life as a man and what that role in society means to him. He said, “I love telling the experience of a black male in America, but modern, not always having to go back to a period piece to remind people where we come from. It’s more a modern sense of where we are today, and where we want to go in the future. So I try to choose projects somewhere around that space… I feel like a lot of old filmmakers are victims of their own time period.”
He went on to say that in his life he doesn’t have a blueprint or a map for what direction his life should go in. He says that the Leo DiCaprio’s, Tom Hanks, and Brad Pitt’s of the world always get these great roles and play characters that fit the mold. However, he feels his responsibility is to play characters that don’t always fit that mold — especially when it comes to African-American roles.
He relates this to his upbringing in north New Jersey. “I come from nothing. I come from sleeping in the kitchen with my family with the oven open to keep us warm during winter, you know? When you come from that background, all this extra stuff is just…extra stuff, you know? If somebody’s not real with you, you can tell.”
4 He Praises Women
Artist Nick Grant released a song called “Black Woman” and Jordan took to Instagram to praise the artist, the song, and women in general.
The lyrics of the song say "Forever a queen I learn from you, I want you to teach me to love you, The missing piece to the puzzle, Single parent hustle."
It embodies the daily struggle of women and how strong they are in getting pack the hurdles.
However, even though there was a little controversy surrounding Jordan’s praise, it still showed a side of him that not many people would have known. He is all for the support of women, he calls all women beautiful. He posted the video with the caption “My bruh @nickgrantmusic w/ that new heat 🔥🔥🔥🔥#blackwoman.” He strikes us as the type of guy whose mama raised him right. He looks like the type of guy who would support his partner no matter how many crazy schemes and bad ideas she had yet, he wouldn't be afraid to check her if it got too cray-cray. It’s refreshing seeing a man be so secure in himself that he is willing to lift a woman up in any way that he can. Just one more reason to love Jordan on a whole different level.
3 He’s An Aquarius
I don’t know if you guys are into astrology but I am. The fact that Jordan is an Aquarius is awesome. Here’s a little information about Aquarius men. While they struggle to say the words “I love you,” they regularly show their love in other ways; presents, dates, stuff like that.
Aquarius men are also extremely charming, giving, creative, witty, and outgoing. However, they are also some of the most sarcastic men of the zodiac sign. Aquarius people are said to be some of the most good-looking people of the zodiac cycle so this could explain why Jordan is so nice to look at. The actor has displayed some key tell-tale signs of being an Aquarius.
He is giving (offered to pay for some random girls retainer), he is charming (he woos a crowd like we’ve never seen before), he is creative (he started his own production company to make projects that many people would normally pass on). Finally, he is open-minded (he is was one of the first celebrities after Frances McDormand’s Academy Award speech to adopt n inclusion rider). At this point, Aquarius men are coming off as the best guys to get into a relationship with.
2 The Life-Changing DM
In April a 21-year-old student named Sylvia Wilson found out that Jordan was filming on her school campus, Temple University. Like any other thirsty college student, she slid into his DMs but unlike any other thirsty chick, she came at him super humble and only really wanted a picture with the super popular actor.
Surprise! He responded.
Wilson said that she really wanted to entice him to take a picture with her and seeing as it was super hot out, she offered a trade off: a picture for a smoothie. During an interview with BuzzFeed, she said, "It was hot, and I didn't think it'd be appropriate to ask to buy him a drink, so I opted for a smoothie," (smart). He responded so casually with “You don't have to buy me anything! You can get a pic.” Awwww so sweet and humble.
Michael even mentioned that he would take care of security and make sure that she was able to get through for that picture that, at the moment, meant the world to her. About her experience, Wilson said, "He was so sweet and nice. He was more than happy to take pictures with me and my friends that came with me!"
1 That Hilarious Social Media Clapback
Some hater on Instagram really tried to play our man. Jordan admitted to living with his parents during a video he did for one of the many interviews he does daily. Some guy named Chris took the time out of his day to try and discredit him, he tweeted: “Michael B Jordan Is A 5’9” Adult Man That Loves Anime & Lives With His Parents....Y’all Told Me All Of Those Things Were Unacceptable Though.”
Jordan quickly clapped back, not only to defend himself but defend his parent's honor as well. “First of All I’m 6ft and they live with ME, put some respeck on my name. LOL...aaaand goku & naruto are real ones 🙌🏾 lol.”
So, I will admit when a man is over a certain age and lives at home he is automatically labeled as a loser and not desirable at all. But when a man intentionally moves his parents in with him—which is what a grown man should do for their elderly parents—it shows responsibility.
I am high-key glad that Jordan went the petty route and responded to this guy who thought he had a leg up on the actor. The clap back made headlines and had journalists of all levels reporting on the incident.