Michael B. Jordan covers GQ.
Inside the issue, Michael talks about his rise to fame saying, “I’ve been doing it for so long—like, sixteen years—and it wasn’t like I got too much too fast. It wasn’t like I blew up overnight. I wasn’t a child star. That wasn’t what it was. It was just something that, you know, I grew into it, and I fell in love with it as it came along. And I kind of saw it for what it was. I’m always good at seeing five, ten steps ahead. Like, really thinking ahead, you know? Reverse engineering whatever it is, you know.
Michael also discusses the types of roles he prefers:
I love telling the experience of a black male in America, but modern, not always having to go back to a period piece to remind people where we come from. It’s more a modern sense of where we are today, and where we want to go in the future. So I try to choose projects somewhere around that space.
Not taking away from anybody that’s done anything. I feel it’s the next generation’s job to pick up the baton. I feel like a lot of old filmmakers are victims of their own time period. In a way I feel like a certain racer can only take the race up to a certain leg, until they have to pass it off to the next generation to continue that race. I feel like, generationally speaking, there’s a lot of racers that have taken it as far as they can. It’s so interesting, man. There’s no blueprint to what I want to do. You know, we got Leo, we got Tom Hanks, we got Brad Pitt, we got Ben Affleck—they always get the roles and the characters that, you know, fit the mold. When it comes to African-American characters, there’s a huge gap between old school and new school. It’s Will and Denzel, Cheadle and Forest, Jamie…and there’s a huge gap.
Michael, known to his friends as Mike or Bakari, is single and ready to mingle.
When asked about the Kendall Jenner dating rumors and the backlash he received from his fans about it, the Creed star responded, “It’s the world we live in. They see white and black. I don’t. Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know. I don’t know her, like, that well, but I know her enough. People’s perspective on that is what it is. I don’t f**king know. I don’t live my life to make other people happy. It’s so weird, though, right? A lot of black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman’ and that whole thing. I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know—it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f**k it is. It’s just the new world, you know what I mean?”