Hard work, of course, never scared Jordan.
Born in California, grew up in Newark, New Jersey, with his older sister and younger brother under self-described modest beginnings.
He loved books and "Dragon Ball Z", especially Goku.
His parents loved knowledge and were persistent and had several jobs.
A recognizable talent since his breakout TV role in HBO's The Wire. Jordan says he got his "engine" from them.
It makes sense, of course, why Jordan, thoughtful and focused, has become a man whom filmmakers turn to to play roles that require an actor's things – be it physical, mental, or both.
In Black Panther, he plays Killmonger, who wants to overthrow his cousin T & # 39; Challa to become ruler of Wakanda.
Not only did Jordan force himself bodily to embody the imposing figure, but he took in a mental space that extended its own boundaries.
"[Killmonger] was a really lonely guy, I just spent a lot of time alone, isolated, did not talk much to my family," says Jordan.
For each character, Jordan also creates a journal filled with background information that does not exist on the script pages. This process, he explains, helps him to stay on track and provides subtext to fuel his achievements.
It's a measure of discipline and work not often found in actors twice their age. But at 31
Last year, its production company Outlier Society Productions passed an inclusion rider. This is a contract clause that requires filmmakers to employ a different cast and crew.
Months later, Jordan helped Warner Bros. write and adopt his own guidelines, which are put into practice in an upcoming legal drama that he produces with the company. (CNN is Warner Bros. like Warner Bros.)
"It was a milestone for everyone," Jordan said. "It's the first step in many steps, but in the right direction."
As he has proved with his acting roles, Jordan is ready to go to work.
"Hopefully it will create a precedent that precedes at all levels that other studios and other manufacturers and other production companies will follow suit and continue to be on the path of change."