Jordan Claire Robbins had a successful modelling career when she decided to get into acting. She proved to be a natural, and has now landed a role in the upcoming feature film Anon.
Anon is a sci-fi thriller set in a future where privacy, anonymity and crime have been completely eradicated, and everything people do is traceable. When a detective (Clive Owen) meets a girl who has no digital footprint (Amanda Seyfried), he is thrown into a tailspin and must investigate a crime before time runs out. The film was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time).
“It was a gift to be able to work with someone as skilled as Andrew Niccol,” said Robbins. “I love the way his mind works, and he is one of the most technical directors I have met. He has a very specific vision, which is what gives all of his movies a very distinct style, and his deep involvement in every aspect of the story made it easy as an actor to commit myself to my character. The script is brilliant too, so I was excited to be a part of it.”
Robbins plays the role of Elaine Selak, a complex woman who has many secrets in a world where it is difficult to keep anything hidden. The role involved Jordan to dive into her character’s inner world.
“I enjoyed imagining what life would be like if everything we did was transparent to those around us,” she said. “Even in this future world, everyone is driven by the same emotions and needs that drive us today – love and fear.”
Having the experience to work and learn from such an all-star cast and crew was extremely beneficial to Robbins, who had already worked with some of the modelling industries biggest talents. She also worked with fellow model/actress Sierra Wooldridge. The two had a pre-existing relationship through friends in the industry, which Robbins believes always adds another layer of comfort and trust on set.
“I love what I do regardless, but when I get to work with friends who are talented and committed, it really doesn’t feel like work at all,” said Robbins.
Wooldridge agrees, and describes working with Robbins as delightful. The two had to interact on set frequently as their characters are involved with one another.
“Hardly any effort was required to build a comfortable and enjoyable rapport with Jordan as she's one of the loveliest people I've had the pleasure of meeting on a project,” said Wooldridge. “Jordan is unarguably dedicated to her work and unforgettably committed to understanding the depths of her character. As an actor, working opposite someone who is good at what they do only makes it easier for you. Jordan was no exception in this case. What makes her a good actor is her ability to remove her own ego and any inhibitions she may initially feel, taking risks without fear in order to truly connect with her character. She's brilliant.”
Robbins has worked on the television series 12 Monkeys and Man Seeking Woman but this was her first time working on such a high profile film.
“It’s always amazing to work on a project where there’s a lot going on but it’s highly organized and controlled to the tiniest detail,” she said. “Each and every member of the cast and crew were extremely professional and experienced. The resumes of most of them are very impressive from the director and producers to all of the camera crew, and that showed.”
“Everyone was also lovely and a lot of fun to work with. It was one of those onset experiences where you get swept up and go along for the ride, which makes it easier as an actor to do what I have to do when the time comes,” she concluded.
Anon will have its theatrical release in 2017.