Tulsa man to appear on 'Hawaii Five-O' episode
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 5:48 AM
When Jordan Matlock made his way to Hawaii after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a bachelor of fine arts in drama, he gave himself a timetable.
If he hadn't landed an acting role within a year or year and a half, he was heading to Los Angeles.
At the end of that time, after numerous auditions proved fruitless, Matlock told his agent he was ready to leave. That's when it happened - he scored a role on an episode of "Hawaii Five-0," a police television drama that airs on CBS.
The drama, a remake of the original "Hawaii Five-O" that aired during the 1970s, is now in its third season.
The four-day shoot took place in mid-September, a week before Matlock was scheduled to leave for Los Angeles. The episode, "Mohai," will air at 9 p.m. Monday on CBS, channel 6.
Matlock's role is that of Lucas, a man who gets kidnapped at a Halloween party and fights for his life as he's held hostage by a murderer who wants to use him for a sacrificial ritual.
Matlock, a 2006 Union High School graduate, was in Tulsa recently visiting family and friends before his move to Los Angeles, where he hopes to use the role as a springboard into the market. Matlock has also done some commercials and had a few small roles in independent films, including the 2010 film "A Christmas Snow."
Matlock said filming the episode - his first role for a national television audience - was a great experience.
"I feel, honestly, I got a little bit spoiled," he said.
The cast and crew felt like a family, and everyone exuded what Matlock called the "aloha spirit" - love, respect and generosity.
Matlock said although he was the lowest-billed cast member during his shoot, he never felt neglected. "I felt equal as a cast member."
He doesn't know if this same spirit will be found in Los Angeles, where "every- one's in a hurry to get someplace." But Matlock is excited about the opportunities.
He's living with two roommates in West Hollywood, one of whom is a also an OU alum hoping to make it as a writer and director. Matlock said in their free time, they hope to work on some independent short film projects.
"That's really what's getting people noticed now in L.A.," he said.
Matlock's love of acting came in high school, when a friend convinced him to sign up for the drama class. The class required that each student audition for a part in a Shakespeare play. Matlock was given the lead in "Taming of the Shrew."
After his first performance, he was hooked.
"It's one of the purest arts," Matlock said of acting. "You get to leave everything behind you. You get to be all those things you wanted to be growing up. You get to affect people. You get to be part of a big piece of art."
Matlock, who also plays several instruments and paints, says he has a respect for all the arts. He is also interested in many aspects of production, including choreography, casting and directing. His ultimate dream is to direct a high-budget feature film.
Matlock knows it's tough to make it in Hollywood, but he said he's got tough skin.
"I'm ready for it," he said.
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: CBS, channel 6
Original Print Headline: Tulsa man to appear on 'Hawaii Five-O'
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Jordan Matlock, seen at his home in Tulsa earlier this month, recently landed a role on the TV show "Hawaii Five-0," to be aired Monday. With his luggage (right) all packed, he is moving to Los Angeles to further his career as an actor. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World