The petite and gorgeous blonde is best known for her performances in the 2002 movie "Cabin Fever" and 2004 movie "Club Dread." The rising star has inherited Hollywood royalty from her parents. Born Jordan Elizabeth Ladd on January 14, 1975, in Hollywood, California, she is the daughter of actress Cheryl Ladd (Charlie's Angels) and producer David Ladd (The Mod Squad). Her grandfather is acting great Alan Ladd (Shane). At the tender age of two, Ladd made her acting debut opposite James Garner in a Polaroid commercial. In the early '90s, while still in high school, she began appearing in television films that starred her mother, including The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) and Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993). By 1994, Ladd had branched out on her own, guest starring on Saved by the Bell: The New Class and starring opposite Alyssa Milano in the feature Embrace of the Vampire (1994). She then landed the lead role in Gregg Araki's sex-charged teen road film The Doom Generation (1995), but pulled out of the cast at the last minute due to her mother's disapproval -- an action that provoked the film's producers to add "no thanks to Cheryl Ladd" to the film's credits. Yet, despite not appearing in The Doom Generation, the younger Ladd did earn a small role in Araki's follow-up film, Nowhere (1997).
Ladd portrayed Bette Davis' stand-in in the low-budget show business drama Stand-Ins (1997) before starring with her mother in the television film Every Mother's Worst Fear (1998). A year later, she landed her first high-profile role as a popular teenager who tortures Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed (1999). Barrymore, who also produced the film, offered Ladd the first crack at a role in her company's big-screen adaptation of Charlie's Angels (2000). Not wanting to be stuck completely in the shadow of her mother, she politely declined. Instead, after being named one of the world's 100 Sexiest Women by Stuff magazine, Ladd starred as a strung-out actress vying for an Academy Award in E!'s first original movie, Best Actress (2000). Unfortunately, she followed this clever over-the-top comic performance with The Deadly Look of Love, a trashy television film, and The Specials (2000), a silly feature about the private lives of superheroes. Yet, over the next few years, Ladd established herself as an independent darling, appearing in films like Boy's Life 3 (2000) (opposite a few other young actors with well-known surnames, Jason Gould, Alexis Arquette, and Sara Gilbert) and in the David Lynch short film Darkened Room (2002).
More fun stuff about Jordan Ladd
Birth name: Jordan Elizabeth Ladd
Height 5' (1.52 m)
Her spouse: Conor O'Neill (2001 - present)
Is a natural blonde but dies her hair black because she does not want to trade on her mother's fame.
Daughter of Cheryl Ladd and David Ladd
Granddaughter of Alan Ladd.
Was going to play the role of Amy Blue in The Doom Generation (1995), until her mother vetoed her playing the role, at last minute.
Step-daughter of actress Dey Young and actor Brian Russell.
Niece of actress Alana Ladd, Leigh Taylor-Young and Lance Young.
Wore bright green contacts in Nowhere (1997).
Had a breast reduction at age 16 in 1991
Stepsister of Lindsay Russell.
Her personal quotes:
"I love to travel but hate traffic and planes. I wish I could just beam myself anywhere instantly. Wiggle my nose or shake my ass - bam! - I'm in Quebec."
Jordan Ladd Catches a Scary Fever
A delicate actress like Jordan Ladd should feel an imminent sense of doom in a film like Cabin Fever. No. The granddaughter of silver screen legend Alan Ladd does not run in slow motion through the woods with a strategically torn blouse. In fact, her character, Karen, could easily be described as a latter day Grace Kelly character, whom audience members fall in love with and who galvanizes directors to through great lengths to capture her innocence - that is until her flesh begins to rot and fall away from her bones in the film. On a sunny day in Los Angeles, all five feet of Ladd walks into the room with arms crossed in front of a yellow halter top blouse. The tan flesh peaking out from under her rainbow colored shawl show no evidence of the deathly skin disease that literally leaves her falling away from herself in the Eli Roth flick. She looks dangerously fragile when deep in thought. One can go swimming in the depth of her blue eyes, but of course, all is not what it seems in Hollywood.
The vivacious actress packs an arsenal of attitude in her back pocket. Another reporter's cell phone rattles to life during the interview and Ladd cocks her head to one side, "Do you have someone more important to talk to?" she asked half-jokingly.
It's that strange push-pull dichotomy that amplifies Ladd's screen presence. There is a desire to protect her, but at the same time, there is a fear of being bitten in the process. Even Ladd's relationship with freshman Director Roth somewhat mirrors the relationship between Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock himself.
What was the audition process like?
I had to make out with Eli, actually.
Was he good?
He's not a very kisser, but that's okay. He's a good director, but not a good kisser. He directs my breasts well.
Eli is an avid horror film fan - Are you?
No. It was an acting exercise. It was a lot of fun. I had a lot of primal rage in me.
So did you research any of the horror movies that Eli tapped into?
No. I'm actually a big fan of The Shining, of course just as a movie. Those are hard for me to watch. I swore off of them like at 11 years old when I saw When a Stranger Calls. Upon reading the script, I found it so disgusting that I found myself laughing [while] reading it. I can't believe how far this is going. It's continuing - the carnage is continuing! If I want to be in a horror movie, I want to be in the most disgusting horror movie there is.
Was there anything that you read in the script that made you say, 'No. I don't want to do this?'
No. Once we signed up, we signed up. It was fun. Eli brought a lot of enthusiasm. We really gave over a whole lot of trust because he knew the genre a whole lot better than we did.
This movie was shot on a shoestring budget in a short amount of time. Was this difficult?
It was a lesson in letting go. As an actor, you can really harp on your performance and think, 'I can do it better. I can get it better. I can make a different choice here.' And if you only have one or two takes on something you kind of have to do it and live with it and hope for the best.
Have you seen yourself onscreen falling apart?
Actually, my dad brought … the cover of Fangoria [in which I was featured] with the gore face into our family dentist and said, 'Look. She's advertising your work!
Have you been scared of coming down with a flesh eating virus since making the movie?
No. I mean I'm paranoid of getting sick with other ailments like cancer or something else, but as far as flesh-eating bacteria, no. I mean I've always had this theory that it's good to get a little dirty because you build up the antibodies and then you're able to fight anything off.
Are the projects you working on now getting you dirty?
I have a couple of things coming out. I'm in Club Dread, which is coming out. It's [from] the guys that did Super Troopers and Bill Paxton is in it and it's a stoner comedy, but it has horror elements. It's the strangest thing, I've never been a huge fan of the genre, but now I found myself continuing in this area. I have a psychological thriller called, Mad House coming out.
Cabin Fever' wreaks havoc on babes in the woods
Cabin Fever is the latest low-budget chiller starring mostly unknown young actors whose characters are dispatched one by one in secluded woods. This time, the culprit is a horrifically contagious disease that ravages its victims' skin and makes them vomit blood.
Can someone explain why movies like this remain among the most popular forms of entertainment in the world?
Co-writer/director Eli Roth's debut feature has the chutzpah or the male-moviegoers-be-damned attitude to do dreadful things to the cast's two vacationing babes. They're played by brunet Cerina Vincent and blond Jordan Ladd, the granddaughter of Alan Ladd and look-alike daughter of Cheryl. Their problems and those of three guy-pals are foreshadowed when a dreadfully infected hermit materializes near their Dixie cabin. This walking pestilence soon turns combative. (Related item: Watch Cabin Fever's trailer)
If you've seen 28 Days Later (or if you haven't), it's easy to pick up the sense that whatever this guy has, it's spreading. First to be afflicted is Ladd, which seems a waste because she's the last of the quintet whose skin you want to see falling off. Her panicked pals are a real nurturing bunch: They lock her in an adjacent cabin. From that moment on, it's a game of who's next.
A disciple of David Lynch's, Roth packs his story with horror, humor, hillbillies and sex. Roth caps his fast-moving story with a joke that's as oddly left-field as it is funny, but truth to tell, it is funny.
But he has more going for him cinematically than the folks who did The Blair Witch Project, which, comparatively speaking, now looks even more threadbare than it did at the time. Beyond that, one is disinclined to be tough on a movie with one unforgettable scene: Vincent in the bathtub shaving her legs as the virus munches away.
You've gotta take off your hat, if not your skin, to a character with such a perverse concept of what life's priorities ought to be.
Hype: Jordan Ladd
Jordan Ladd's first role was one she was literally born to play: she portrayed the four-year-old vestion of her mother, Cheryl Ladd, on an episode of "Charlie's Angels". And with that performance she became the third generation of Ladds to hit showbiz.
Jordan's grandfather was legendary star Alan Ladd (of Shane fame); her uncle is Alan Ladd Jr. (affectionatly known inside the business as "Laddie"), who once ran MGM/UA and more recently produced such pictures as Braveheart; and her father, David Ladd, acted for years before segueing into producing (with The Serpent and the Rainbow).
Jordan herself began pursuing a big-screen career in earnest in the mid-90's at age 19. She quickly found herself cast in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation--until her mom intervened. "I'd already started rehearsals and had my hair cut and dyed, and I woke up to my mom sitting on the foot of my bed crying and going, 'Sweetie, you can't do this movie. I don't think it's right.' She thought Gregg's material was too graphic."
Araki didn't hold a grudge when the younger Ladd pulled out; in fact, two years later he cast her as a teen in his 1997 film Nowhere. She followed that with a part as one of the trio of vicious highschool girls who made life miserable for Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed.
Now 25, Ladd is currently starring in E! Entertainment's first original movie Best Actress, a satire of the cut-throat Oscar race. "I play Amber, the new face of Hollywood, you know she just started in that independent hit that everyone passed on," she says with a knowing shrug.
Offscreen, Jordan Ladd's mom is still dispensing showbiz advice, some of which perhaps only a mother could give: "She says, 'Treat auditioning like going to the bathroom. You walk in, you try, try, try as hard as you can and you do your thing. You flush, you walk out the door, you close it and you never look back.'"
Ladd didn't need her mom's advise when she was invited to read for a role in the big-screen version of Charlie's Angels. "I thought, 'I shouldn't do this, it'd just be too weird for me.' I said, "No!'"
Jordan Ladd Is A Breast Lover
Sexy blonde actress Jordan Ladd is a self-confessed lover of breasts. The gorgeous daughter of Cheryl Ladd and granddaughter of Hollywood legend Alan Ladd sadly had her breasts reduced in 1993 when she was 18 because they were too big. She says, "They were massive. They defied gravity. I'm a small- framed person so they looked very strange on me. There was no hiding my boobs, it made me very uncomfortable every time I went out. But they came back a bit, they're not small and I'm really happy with them. I love boobs, I love to look at them and I love to talk about them."