Jordan Kristine Seamón
We are Who We Are, an HBO series directed by Luca Guadagnino is all about self-discovery and reaching to embody the person you truly are. Breakout star Jordan Kristine Seamón plays one of the protagonists, Caitlin Poythress. Throughout the series, we see Jordan channel the evolution of Caitlin as she struggles with her identity, expands her outer world views, adds color to her point of view, and goes from a young girl to a mature human being. We had the privilege here at MOOD to spend time with Jordan and be invited into her world where she talks about her analysis of Caitlin on the show, her music career, and her views on identity.
Jordan wears agave double-breasted Shetland wool coat, with bottle green light Shetland wool long skirt, Miu Miu
ordan wears black mini dress with puff sleeves, Christian Cowan
Of all aspects of the human condition, adolescence is possibly the most awkward and uncomfortable part of our maturation. Capturing the experience on the silver screen is not new, but shooting a Gen Z, 21st-century version of a show on the topic can present issues that are nuance compared to issues of times past: social media intensifying the pressure of fitting in, teen suicide is through the roof, and non-heteronormative sexual and cultural identities are at the forefront of the race to normalcy. HBO’s new show, We Are Who We Are, is tackling the feat of giving us this content. Using compelling stories surrounding concepts of friendship, first love, and identity, they send the viewer on a journey through adolescence with a strong sense of empathy for the upcoming generation and gives those in the trenches of the growing pains hope.
I got the opportunity to chat with budding star Jordan Seamón about her character Caitlyn Poythress’ impact, her music career, and her expectations for the future. Many times, young people get the reputation of being immature, uncertain about life, or, if you’re a millennial or Gen Z, lacking work ethic. Jordan Seamón is the complete opposite of this as she exudes a sense of self-awareness and certainty that most of us were void of at 17, but still recognizes her journey will still require discovery and growth. “Well, Caitlyn and I are both going through that wonderful time of coming of age in a sense. We're still trying to figure ourselves out and who we are and everything,” she explained of her relation to her character.
As one would imagine, Seamón’s road to the silver screen didn’t start this morning. “I first started acting when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I joined a youth theater group in Philly called Fresh Visions Youth Theater where I did small plays and stuff written by our director Bruce Robinson and I started acting there. He told me that I was a really good actor and that was what made me think that I could potentially turn it into a career.” A subtle reminder of how impressionable and sentient children are.
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Jordan wears a floral print dress, Prabal Gurung, yellow gold stacking necklace, Free people, yellow gold cuff, OV Paris, teal heels, BAROLLO.