Being fans of the movie Limitless, the minute we heard that CBS would be airing a Bradley Cooper produced television version, we were immediately curious and perhaps a little skeptical on how it would translate to T.V. But, also knowing Bradley Cooper’s panache and ninja like skills in acting and producing, we had some confidence it would be a decent follow up, if not a great T.V. adaptation.
Photographer: Ben Miller
Grooming: Michelle Harvey
Written By: Chris Keith
That said, besides a great script, one needs great actors to bring the script to life and make us believe it’s possible to take a pill and head straight up that rabbit hole. Enter Jake McDorman, who plays Brian Finch, and does a stellar job of convincing us that magic pills are real. In case you’ve been buried, the show, Limitless stars, Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a 28-year-old who has not done much with his life and is introduced to NZT-48, a miracle drug that gives him access to every neuron in his brain. For twelve hours after taking the pill, he becomes the smartest person in the world, able to perfectly recall every detail of his life and capable of prodigious leaps of intuition and reasoning. With the mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) providing him with a second drug to counteract NZT’s deadly side effects, Brian uses his enhanced abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter) among other glorious feats of helpfulness.
McDorman has a fairly long pedigree as an actor, most recently starred in the blockbuster hit film, American Sniper along side Bradley Cooper. Before that, he appeared as Evan Chambers in the ABC Family teen drama series Greek (2007–11). He also starred in the NBC short-lived sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? working along side comedian Chelsea Handler. He played the role of Mike Pratt in the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless. And in 2014, McDorman starred in the ABC romantic comedy/drama Manhattan Love Story.
We love sitting down with artists in their respective fields to learn more about them, the process and what makes them tick. Ferrvor recently sat down with Jake and had a conversation about his career, his life and what was on his mind.
Jake, welcome to Ferrvor, so you’re originally from Dallas, Texas. What was the biggest eye-opener when you first came to Los Angeles?
I made it out to LA when I was 16. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. It felt like Peter Pan’s Lost Boys. All these young kids my age working on careers in an industry that seemed so far away and unobtainable just a year ago at the time. I’d say that was the biggest eye-opener. This whole community of people from all over the world that were just as obsessed with the movies as I was.
What was your experience like working with comedian, Chelsea Handler, on her show “Are you there, Chelsea?”
I loved that show. Working with Chelsea was great, but so was working wth everyone. I’ve been friends with Laura Prepon for a very long time—years before the show, so working alongside someone I knew so well was a joy. Lenny Clarke is a legend. Honestly, everyone was great.
What are the qualities you find sexy in a woman?
Driven, bold, intelligent, natural. All the qualities of my girlfriend.
You’ve worked with some pretty big names in your career, from William H. Macy to Bradley Cooper. What have you taken from that experience working alongside them?
One thing that both of them have in common is how much they love the process. They find such joy in their work. There’s this momentous enthusiasm for digging deeper that is just second nature. I get better every minute I can work in and around that.
Describe to us what your fashion sense is. Are there any fashion styles you would like to explore in the future?
I suppose I like to take calculated risks. I’m most comfortable in pants and a t shirt…but I do like to take risks. For the future? I’d love to have a man bun at some point before I die.
What is your go-to fashion must have?
I have so many jackets. I finally get to put them to good use in NY…but I would say a good leather jacket is a must have. It’ll never steer you wrong. My favorite leather jacket I had made custom by Jonathan A. Logan in LA. He’s made so many iconic pieces for different movies. He was the man behind the red leather jacket in Fight Club. Rooney Mara’s jackets in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Very talented.
In your words, what does being a “gentleman” mean to you?
Chivalrous, with a healthy understanding of tradition and timeless style.
With all the action that goes on in “Limitless,” what does your exercise routine look like?
When I started Limitless I was in the gym 4-5 days out of the week. Now my duties for the show keep me very busy. That’s usually how it happens. Train hard in the off season so you can immerse yourself properly for work.
What is most important in maintaining a healthy mind and body?
It’s a microcosm of overcoming larger obstacles in your life. It serves as the most basic method of installing the discipline needed to accomplish a goal day to day.
You’re a busy guy. What do you like to do to get away, whether its a hobby, a meal at your favorite restaurant, etc?
I currently reside in New York City which is arguably the best city in the world for incredible food. If you know where to eat, those places can be like little vacations at the end of each night.
Here at Ferrvor, we love to travel. Have you ever had a travel experience that blew your mind?
I’ve had many. I traveled to Paris when I was 22 years old. I went there for 10 days with no plan. I was determined to only speak French in order to avoid the stereotype you carry with you being an American abroad. I did pretty well. Albeit, most of the French I learned revolved around how I don’t speak French. I ended up staying in five different places over the whole trip. The first three nights, I was in three different hostels around the city. I found an apartment in Le Marais on Parisian Craigslist. I stayed there for the next six days. Finally, on the last night, I tracked down the hotel in which Wes Anderson used for his short film “Hotel Chevalier.” It’s real name is the Hotel Raphael, and it’s off the Champs Elysees. It was decadence at it’s finest.
We know that you’re a talented actor, from your experience on the big screen and TV, but are there any other ventures in entertainment or film that you would like to explore in your career?
I will write, direct, and score a film before I’m done here.
Thanks for hanging with us. What can we expect from Jake McDorman, in the first half of 2016?
First half of 2016 will be the last half of Limitless Season One. After that, we’ll see what happens!