Only an actor with a Hollywood pedigree like Jordan Bridges’ could get away with such a nonchalant attitude toward fame. The 29-year-old — who is the son of Beau Bridges, the nephew of Jeff Bridges and grandson of Lloyd Bridges — stars in the film “New Suit,” a retooled version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” set in Hollywood. Bridges seems to be just as dubious of celebrity as the young boy in the fable who sees the emperor in his birthday suit — and is the only one who’s not afraid to say it.
“I was drawn to this movie for the same reasons I’m not interested in the trappings of celebrity,” says Bridges over the phone from his L.A. home. “I’ve lived around it and I understand that it’s not as glamorous as it’s made out to be.”
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Bridges has lived around, among and within the aura of fame all his life. Though he didn’t want to be a “child actor,” he dabbled in TV movies at a young age and acted in plays at Bard College. After guest starring on “Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed,” as well as doing plays and “independent films that no one’s ever seen,” Bridges is gradually appearing in more high-profile roles.
In “New Suit,” Bridges stars as a wide-eyed, aspiring screenwriter working for a producer who gleans hot tips from his hookers. As Bridge’s character becomes increasingly frustrated with the industry mentality, he fabricates a script and soon generates buzz worthy of an Oscar performance. “I think Hollywood is a really apt setting for the movie,” says Bridges, whose performance manages to come off as both sincere and scheming.
Next up for Bridges is a supporting role in “Mona Lisa Smile,” the highly anticipated winter release starring Julia Roberts. He plays Kirsten Dunst’s husband, “a New York aristocrat circa 1953.” And Bridges is also preparing for his role as father, with the birth of his first child with his wife, artist Carrie Eastman-Bridges.
In the midst of promoting “New Suit,” which opens Friday, Bridges admits that he might be more in tune with Hollywood protocol than he would like. “The thing is, here I am talking to you and hoping that you’ll tell people who I am,” he says. “And they’ll go see my movie.”