By Jessica Herndon
Michael B. Jordan is one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood -- that's right, ladies, he's single! But if you want to position yourself as the gal of his dreams, you'd better be ready to welcome a sizable brood, because the actor tells Wonderwall he wants a "big family." But for now, the 27-year-old is focused on work, which includes moonlighting as a photographer. As he prepares to show off his shots in Austin on Oct. 1 at Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery -- an exhibit featuring photos shot in dedication to the Texas capital -- Michael dished about slipping on spandex to play superhero Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in "The Fantastic Four 2," his craziest fan encounter, and his dating trials and tribulations.
Wonderwall: You told Oprah on her "Oprah's Next Chapter" show that you'd never had a real girlfriend. Is that still the case? Are you still single?
"I am single. Just to clarify, I did have a girlfriend. I had just gotten out of a relationship at the time of that interview. But before that I had never had a real one. But I am still very much single."
WW: At this stage in your life, would you be ready to settle down when that lady does come into your life?
"Marriage is pretty far out there. But both of my parents are still together. They've been together for 30 years, so family is really important to me. I always dreamed of having a big family. So that's definitely something to look forward to in the future. But I told myself I would focus on my craft right now. You only have your 20s once. Sacrifice now and put the hard work and the time in and then things will be a little bit easier in the next phase."
WW: What is the worst or best date you've ever been on?
"Worst date I've ever been on: This girl invited me to go out. I picked her up and we go out and go to this family function, which is cool. I don't mind that, but on the first time we go out? So the whole time I just felt like I was on display. It was pretty awkward."
WW: Were you already well known at that point?
"Not as much as I am now, but enough where I felt like I was getting the welcome home treatment. Maybe they knew something I didn't know. I was getting the head nod and the thumbs up. It was like what the [expletive] is that?!"
WW: What has been your craziest fan moment so far?
"I think years ago when I was on a soap opera. Soap opera fans are pretty hardcore. The craziest thing I ever got was a letter from a guy in jail that watched soap operas all day every day. I got a letter and picture from him, which was a little creepy. Years later that image in burned in my head!"
WW: You will be in the new "Fantastic Four," which means a spandex costume. How did you feel about that?
"How did I feel about wearing spandex? The costume part wasn't that bad. I think we did a really good job at making it modern, new, fresh without going to the cheesy superhero outfits. We didn't take the easy way out at all. So I didn't mind it so much."
WW: Chris Evans played the role of The Human Torch previously. What advice did he give you?
"It's so hard to give advice when it comes to a role like this because at the end of the day, we all do what we do. He is great at what he does as an actor. It's not something to imitate. You just have to give your own take. He told me 'I think you're going to do a great job. Go out there and just have fun.' That's the approach that I took: Just enjoy it and have a good time. Don't overthink it."
WW: "Creed," a spin-off of the "Rocky" franchise where you play Apollo Creed's boxer grandson, is coming up. We imagine getting in boxer shape has only magnified your sex appeal. What is it like to have women swooning over you so much?
"I haven't been out that much. I've been to myself just working out and getting in shape quietly. I really haven't gotten all that much attention. But it's all right. It comes with it I guess. It's not too shabby!"
WW: Austin is where "Friday Night Lights," the show you starred in, was filmed. Why do you still feel so connected to that city?
"Austin is just one of those cities that I kind of fell in love with. Coming from the East Coast and then living in L.A., it was kind of that middle ground. That Down South kind of Southern hospitality. I have so many memories tied to [Austin] with the show and with new friends. The environment of Austin is infectious and especially with music as well. It is a melting pot for musicians to get their start."
WW: What is your favorite image that you will show in the exhibit?
"There is a close-up of the strings of a guitar. All of my pictures are black-and-white. Photography is something that I've wanted to do for a really long time. I've started taking it more serious the last year or so. But you have to remind yourself: Have the camera with you."
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