Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Jordan Peele. Check it out!
Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.
Interesting Facts about Jordan Peele
- He auditioned by playing Barack Obama for Saturday Night Live (1975) and was offered to become a feature player but when the Writer’s Strike came to pass in 2008, he found out that MADtv (1995) would be continuing and lost the role and the opportunity to be on “SNL”. “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen plays Obama on that show and Peele now gets to write and perform his own Obama sketches on Key and Peele (2012).
- He and his wife Chelsea Peretti had their first child together (2017).
- Resided in the Netherlands for several years.
- His father, Hayward Peele, was African-American, from a North Carolina family. His mother, Lucinda Williams, is white, and has English ancestry. She is the daughter of Earl Haworth Williams and Josephine Helen Taylor, and has roots in the United States going back to Colonial America of the 1600s, specifically Maryland and Massachusetts.
- After his feature film writing/directing debut Get Out (2017) debuted to near-unanimous critical acclaim and blockbuster box office earnings, Peele announced that he had up to four other films that would be horror features that, like his first film (which dealt with racism) would address social issues through a genre framework. Producer Jason Blum said separately that his Blumhouse production group would make all of those films with Peele.
- He and comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key made cameos as ‘gangstas’ in the music video for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s parody “White & Nerdy” (2006).
- To date, he has worked with three cast members from the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), on both of his feature films: Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) and Winston Duke (M’Baku).
- As a child, Jordan Peele appeared on a March 1994 ABC News special called “President Clinton Answering Children’s Questions”. The question he asked President Clinton, “Um, yeah, I was just wondering, how can you help the families where there’s a mom, and she’s taking care of a kid or kids, and the father isn’t willing or isn’t able to pay child support?,” was inspired by his own family’s situation.
- He was so insulted when Sony offered him the role of Poop in The Emoji Movie (2017) that this inspired him to retire from acting and focus entirely on being a screenwriter and film director.
- Born on the same date as Jennifer Love Hewitt.
- Has directed one actor to an Academy Award nomination: Daniel Kaluuya, who was nominated for Get Out (2017).
- Merited a place in Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People” issue with an homage penned by writer-director Barry Jenkins. [May 2017]
Personal Quotes by Jordan Peele
In the Trump era, it’s way more obvious extreme racism exists. But there are still a lot of people who think, ‘We don’t have a racist bone in our bodies.’ We have to face the racism in ourselves.- Jordan Peele
Part of what horror is, is taking risks and going somewhere that people think you’re not supposed to be able to go, in the name of expressing real-life fears.- Jordan Peele
It’s a no-win situation with politics; it’s always going to be stressful. I’m more into the comedy of life.- Jordan Peele
You never want to be the whitest-sounding black guy in a room.- Jordan Peele
The way I look at it is, when you allow people to submerge themselves into a story, they will react by thinking through what it’s about. That’s just so much more fun and effective, I think, than a lecture.- Jordan Peele