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‘Glades’ star Jordan Wall to appear at fundraiser, talks season 4


Burn Notice may be over, but we can still get our fix with The Glades. The South Florida-shot A&E cop “comedrama” picks up again Memorial Day, and one of its stars, Jordan Wall, is making the rounds Monday. The actor, who plays Daniel Green, the resident nerd in the medical examiner’s office, will appear at an event for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 7-10 p.m. at Cafe Iguana in Pembroke Pines. Up for grabs will be an auctioned walk-on role on The Glades.

We talked to Wall before the big night.

You are a semi local.

Yes! I grew up in Clearwater, went to Clearwater High School and am currently helping organize our 10-year reunion, which I can’t believe. After spending four years at University of Florida, I came back home and studied in a local acting workshop in Tampa before landing The Glades. My parents are still there. One of the fantastic perks of working on a series in my home state is that I’m only a four hour drive away from seeing my family.

Where is your home base?

Sometimes I lose track. While I’m shooting I rent a condo on Hollywood Beach, right up the road from our studio. The other six months out of the year, between seasons, I’ll rent an apartment in L.A. But it’s always an adventure, figuring out where I’ll be staying.

What is your character up to now?

Daniel will continue to be hard at work in the lab tracking down the information Longworth [ Matt Passmore] needs. But we do get a deeper look into Daniel’s personal life with the introduction of his brother, played by Jonathan Bennett from Mean Girls. Let’s just say he brings out a fiery side to our innocent intern that our audience hasn’t witnessed yet.

Any major plot points you can divulge? Are Longworth and Callie [Kiele Sanchez] going to get married?

Any wedding plans are top secret. What I will say is we have a star-studded group of actors gracing us with their presence. We’ll be meeting Longworth’s parents, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Where around Florida do you shoot?

Where don’t we shoot? Our locations vary from Fort Lauderdale’s and Miami’s sexy beaches to the Everglades’ muggy swamplands . . . . We always manage to find new, unique spots. This year alone, we’ve shot in roller derby rinks, Jai-Alai courts and abandoned haunted houses.

Are you into forensics in real life?

I know nothing about forensics. I get my inspiration from Google, every time I open a script and read words and subject matter I’ve never heard of before. I’ve truthfully never been a regular viewer of shows like CSI and Criminal Minds. I grew up watching a lot of comedy, which have probably been a stronger influence on my approach to Daniel than any detective show.

How is the chemistry on set?

We have a natural chemistry off camera, so there’s nothing to work for on camera. It’s an easy transition because we get along so well in real life and make each other laugh. I remember sitting at the table read for the pilot episode, going through the script for the first time after literally having just met everyone a few minutes prior. It was as if we had known each other for years.

How important is it to have shows filmed in Florida?

I am such a proponent for shooting here. You see what it’s done financially for states like Georgia and Louisiana. There are so many jobs involved in making a television show or a movie, most of which are hired locally, not to mention the domino effect it has on bringing business to the state. I hope it doesn’t stop with The Glades, Magic City and Graceland. Florida offers so much variety which appeals to the entertainment industry; it’s just a matter of our state legislature recognizing the economic benefits the industry brings and putting forth the tax incentives necessary.

Anything particularly funny or crazy happen while shooting?

The only [scary] run-in I had happened my first day when we were shooting the pilot. The director kept asking me to get closer and closer to this live gator, and I wasn’t even on camera! It was just for Matt’s eye line. . . . In the scene, the gator needed to be active, so a wrangler would come in and aggravate it. The thing is, the wrangler would run off as soon as the gator started thrashing around, and I stayed right next to it! In hindsight, it’s a wonder I made it past day one.

What is something readers may not know about you?

I’m a workout junkie. Aside from all the running training, I’ve been lifting weights regularly since 15. In the same vein, I’m a sportsaholic. If I took the time I spend each day reading ESPN and SI articles, on practicing more guitar or reading more novels, my song and book repertoire would at least be tripled.

Madeleine Marr

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