Dar­nell Kirk­wood (Jor­dan)

Dar­nell Kirk­wood is ready for fans of THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS to see all of Jor­dan’s sides

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Just who is THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Jor­dan Wilde? Not only have fans been ask­ing that ques­tion ever since Dar­nell Kirk­wood slipped into the role of the sexy Jabot pho­tog­ra­pher, but they’ve weighed in with their opin­ion that there is more to him than meets the eye! “I’ve had a lot of fans writ­ing to me, be­cause they have thought Jor­dan was too nice!” he shares with a laugh. “It’s been kind of funny to get so much grief about him be­ing a nice guy!

“But I un­der­stand,” he has­tens to add. “I was binge-watch­ing HOME­LAND, and there was a char­ac­ter on there from Ger­many. He was such a nice per­son that I started to go, ‘There’s got to be some­thing ex­posed about this guy!’ I then re­al­ized I was fall­ing into the same trap as Y&R fans. I turned to my girl­friend and was like, ‘Oh, that’s why peo­ple keep think­ing there’s go­ing to be another side to Jor­dan!”

Even­tu­ally, of course, Jor­dan did show another side when it was re­vealed he’d been a grifter, shar­ing a his­tory with re­formed con artist Chelsea. The twist, Kirk­wood says, didn’t throw him off the back­story he’d cre­ated for the char­ac­ter. “I thought that there had to be a con­trast com­ing up — some kind of dark­ness or some other side of him wait­ing to be ex­plored.

“Find­ing that out [about his past] didn’t change how I thought of Jor­dan,” he con­tin­ues. “I al­ways fig­ured you had to go through cer­tain ex-

pe­ri­ences to get where you are now, and those ex­pe­ri­ences could be good and bad.”

Torn Be­tween Two Women

Still, it’s not Jor­dan’s past but his cur­rent love life that has the In­ter­net buzzing. “I’m lit­er­ally liv­ing day to day in Jor­dan’s re­la­tion­ship with Hi­lary and his friend­ship with Lily!” Kirk­wood laughs. “One of the big­gest things he loves about Hi­lary is her [am­bi­tion]. She’s do­ing what­ever it takes to be a self-made, suc­cess­ful lady in her ca­reer. She also has a [fire­cracker] per­son­al­ity that he ap­pre­ci­ates!”

On the other hand, the ac­tor says that

Jor­dan is in the process of ex­plor­ing his feel­ings for Lily. “That’s cool. They’ve been friends for a long time, but now Jor­dan might have some cu­rios­ity in that re­gard.”

Iron­i­cally, which­ever woman the hunk ends up cud­dling with, Kirk­wood is brac­ing for an­gry tweets from Hevon and Lane fans. “Oh, no ques­tion, but I’m ready for it! And I un­der­stand it!” he says, chuck­ling. “I know there are Cane fans who are ex­tremely sup­port­ive of him [and his por­trayer, Daniel God­dard]. Daniel has done great work and has been on the show a long time, so I would ex­pect them to be loyal to him. I can re­spect that!

“But,” he adds, “it makes me have to work harder to win them over!”

Nice… And Naughty?

In ad­di­tion to a some­what tricky love life, Kirk­wood is in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing Jor­dan’s busi­ness side. “He’s a pho­tog­ra­pher, but I’d love to see him de­velop a CEO men­tal­ity… where he owns his own busi­ness. I want him to con­tinue to chal­lenge him­self to be his best and see what his next level of achieve­ment is.”

And if that brings out yet another side of Jor­dan, well, Kirk­wood is cool with that, too. “I don’t think he’s a bad guy, but when you come into the soap world, you’ve got to be pre­pared to see your char­ac­ter evolve and be­come not nec­es­sar­ily bad but maybe darker,” he the­o­rizes. “I don’t know what’s ahead, but it’s go­ing to get in­ter­est­ing, and that is ex­cit­ing in and of it­self!”

— Julie McEl­wain

Kirk­wood says that Sid­ney Poitier in­spires him as an ac­tor. “He truly paved the way and opened so many doors,” mar­vels the ac­tor. “You can­not deny the com­mit­ment he has to his craft. I love him!”

“Jor­dan’s big ques­tion for Hi­lary is, ‘You say that you’re a good per­son, but are you re­ally?’” the ac­tor says of his al­ter ego’s love in­ter­est. “Jor­dan wants to be in a re­la­tion­ship with a good per­son!”

Kirk­wood thinks that work­ing with Lily has in­creased Jor­dan’s feel­ings for her. “Some­times,” the Y&R star says, “you be­come more at­tracted to the per­son the more time you spend with them!”

Kirk­wood says that both Y&R and the ABC soaps were watched dur­ing his child­hood. Back in the day, “ALL MY CHIL­DREN was a big deal in my house!”

Jor­dan isn’t a Mal­colm re­run!

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