Leading the Way

with Jorden Russell

Photographer: Rocky Batchelor

Happy to have you on the cover of Playboy! Can you tell us what the inspiration behind this photoshoot was? I think we really wanted to get a bit of an insight into my style, which is usually minimalistic as well as to capture the hard work I put in when it comes to maintaining my body and fitness which is something I’m passionate about. 

Best place you have ever been to in the world? Italy really has my heart. I always joke to my friends that one day I’ll disappear and move to Italy. The food, the people and the weather, it’s just my favorite place in the world.

What are some of your biggest dreams you hope to achieve? I feel like I have achieved a lot of the things I have wanted to at this point in my life. I definitely have a lot more travel in me and there’s so many places that I want to go to or go back to. Another trip to Europe is definitely on the cards. 

What helps you decompress and relax? I love going to the gym, it’s the best kind of release if I’m feeling tense. A close second is the beach, whether it’s to go for a swim or just listen to the waves I always feel lighter afterwards. 

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? Oh goodness, I’d have to say my mum. She leads by example and she’s my best friend. She is so supportive of everything that I do and always gives the best advice and keeps me grounded. I could go on all day about her, she is just the best person I know. 

How romantic are you? I am a hopeless romantic, which usually surprises people. I love the idea of love and even though I try very hard not to fall fast, I never seem to be able to stop myself when someone really grabs my attention. 

What is the most memorable date you’ve ever had? I have been on some interesting dates but a memorable one was the guy I was seeing surprised me after a long day at work. We went and got ice cream and went to a lookout in my town and just sat in his car listening to music and talking for hours. 

What makes you the ultimate partner to have? I’m very loyal and honest. Whatever you give you will get back in spades with me. In any relationship whether it’s romantic or platonic, I’ve got you. It could be 2am and if you need me, I’m there, I don’t know how else to be. 

How important is sex to you in a relationship? I think there needs to be sexual chemistry and that physical spark. Personally, I’m always open to trying new things and keeping things fun and changing it up, so you’ve just got to keep up. 

What is your idea of a really good time? My favorite times have always been with my friends and family, as cliché as that sounds. As I’ve matured, I’ve come to realize how important those times are and I’ve also learned that if you’re with the right people the simplest of things can be some of the best. 

Any word of advice to fans on the right way to approach you? Be confident, but not cocky. I love a man who is sure of himself but is humble simultaneously. If you can hold a stimulating conversation then you’re golden. 

Thanks for taking the time to speak to us, any last words to our readers? Just a massive thank you to anyone and everyone who takes the time to read this issue and get to know me a little bit more.