Superman & Lois’ Alex Garfin Balances Heroism and High School

What would it be like to be a teenage superhero? Would that be fun? Exciting? A boost to your confidence? Must be great to be able to quickly read your manuals, fly wherever you need to go, and know you’ll never have to worry about bullies, right?

Maybe, but we suspect that if we asked Superman and Lois Jordan Kent what life is like as a teenage hero, he would choose a very different word to describe it – stressful. In the year since he developed his powers, Jordan has been kidnapped and brainwashed by a Kryptonian uncle he didn’t know he had, accidentally injuring his brother. , got into trouble for using his powers to save Jonathan and Candice, got himself into trouble secretly training with his grandfather, and got into trouble with his girlfriend Sarah, who responded breaking up with him. (He often gets himself into trouble.)

Turns out, being Superman’s son isn’t all about cool costumes and worldwide admiration. It’s actually very difficult…and that was before Superman disappeared, leaving Jordan and John Henry Irons to fill the void as best they could. That’s a lot for a guy who also, let’s not forget, suffers from social anxiety disorder and who, until recently, was always in his brother’s shadow. So with Superman and Lois Back this week after a four-week hiatus, we thought we’d check out our young hero – or more specifically, actor Alex Garfin – to see how he’s holding up. In the process, we asked Garfin where he thinks Jordan has room to grow, how he sees Jordan’s relationship with Sarah, and if he’s ready to pick up, much like his comic book counterpart the closer.

Adding kids to a superhero show is always a dicey proposition, but just about everyone seems to have really fallen in love with Jordan and Jonathan. What do you think makes the characters so irresistible?

I think the dynamic between the two makes them very irresistible. A lot of people really like, in their entertainment, two contrasting voices that become one. Jordan and Jonathan are extremely different and we are twins. They have this idea of ​​being a unit, but they are also extremely contrasting. It attracts people. Think Lennon/McCartney – there are all these great examples of two contrasting voices coming together. When it works, it really works, and the writers did it very well.

We’re only two seasons away, but Jordan has already grown tremendously as a person. I’m curious, though. In which area do you think he still has a lot to do to grow and mature?

He has a lot of growth to do overall, but mostly in his relationships. He must understand that maturity is not about getting over things, maturity is about knowing the line of what hurts you and others, and knowing how to respond appropriately. We see Sarah telling him that she kissed someone else, and he quickly gets over it because I think he thinks that was the most mature thing to do. People tell him it was the most mature thing to do. But it hurts and affects him, and the fact that he was hurt on some level also had to affect Sarah and the people he loves. It’s something you discover in life. You just have to figure out how to navigate hurting yourself and others.

We’ve seen Jordan really step in recently and protect Jonathan and his girlfriend from an up-and-coming drug dealer. Will we see Jonathan use his powers to fight crime and injustice a bit more in the future? Or is it not something that interests him?

I think it’s fair to assume that we’re going to step it up. If you can look to the past and project the future, you can definitely see it coming. But let’s look at the circumstances. It was out of necessity, right? In the following episode, it was also out of necessity because no one was there to save his ex-girlfriend’s dad. No one would have. John Henry was not there. I was there. So whether he starts doing it out of necessity or envy remains to be seen. And it’s an interesting and important story, giving the kid a little more timid superpowers, because I think if it was Jonathan, he’d be saving people all day.

Do you think Jordan understands why Jonathan made the choices he has this season? And what do you think Jordan thinks of Candice? Do you think he approves?

I think Jordan doesn’t know what to think of Candice. Initially it was like, “This girl is a drug dealer.” I think he understands where Jonathan is coming from. They have a deep understanding of each other. You sort of see it in episode seven, when Jonathan gets arrested and Jordan comes in and laughs at him. I think he understands the position Jonathan finds himself in. I also think he’s kind of like, ‘Well, man, you kind of did this to yourself. I was telling you what is happening and this is what is happening.

So there is a mixture of these two emotions. As for Candice, Jonathan tried to explain Candice’s situation, the socio-economic factors that go into his decision-making. I just think Jordan doesn’t really know what to think.

Now let’s move on to Jordan’s relationship. Sarah just broke up with him, but I’m curious how you view their long-term relationship. Is that Jordan’s Law? Or is she more like Jordan’s Lana Lang – an important relationship, but not the love of her life?

I think it would be ironic if Sarah turned out to be Jordan’s Lana Lang. Maybe it’s just in the family with them.

No, I think comparing them to one or the other would probably be a bit wrong. Yes, it’s Jordan’s first love, but at the same time, I don’t know how this relationship will go through. Clark and Lana are still very, very close to this day, and obviously Clark and Lois are married. Clark Kent is an interesting guy in that he’s only had two girlfriends. (laughs) I’ve had three full girlfriends in my life. When you’re a teenager, you go through them. It happens.

There’s also the matter of Jordan’s secrecy and how that will affect any relationship. I feel like having to hide this big thing from someone he’s dating would make dating very difficult for Jordan.

This would make dating extremely difficult for Jordan! He can’t reveal much of himself, nor can he let go of that part no matter what. Ian Samoil said something really nice. He’s the director of our last episode. He linked it to work in the cinema and other very busy jobs. Your spouse loves you, but you have all those hours of work that your spouse often can’t understand. Eventually, they’ll get fed up. “Why don’t you spend time with me?” You are still at work!

But the tragedy is that if Jordan didn’t have that part of himself, like if people who work in this industry didn’t have that part of themselves that likes it and wants to work those hours, if they were to give it up, they wouldn’t be the person the other person fell in love with.

So true, and such a good comparison.

It’s personal. You know?

Along the same lines, do you think having superpowers would make high school easier or just make it harder? I always thought it was the first, but Superman and Lois really made me rethink that.

I think that would make things much more difficult. It’s as if your father was the president, or maybe a senator or even a CIA agent. You are in this vulnerable position all the time and no one can understand you. You can’t tell them what’s going on. Maybe you would have this really cool part of your life and you could do things that nobody else can do, but at the same time you can’t do the other things that other people can do, which are those really normal basic things that make people who they are.

Superman’s son in the comics has now taken on the mantle of Superman himself. We don’t know if the show will do the same, but if it does, are you ready to don the costume?

Oh man, yeah! It would be nice to put on the costume. It would mean that I contribute to this philosophy even more than I already do, and it is an honor to do so. I can’t even imagine the weight of that.

Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW, or catch the first season now on HBO Max! Want to know more about the steel family? Visit our official Superman & Lois show page.