Maria Bello plays Jordan Forster, the obscenely wealthy head of a Forsters, the home improvement chain on the verge of purchasing Amy’s plant company.

The ugly sides of all characters dominate screen time throughout Beef, but no one is more grating and pretentious as Jordan Forster. Maria Bello managed to flawlessly encapsulate the lofty and heartless businesswoman, successfully making it seem like she lived on a whole other plane of existence with her wealth. Witnessing the way Jordan interacts with her employees, engages with art pieces and views cultural experiences leaves a bad taste in our mouths, ultimately allowing us to relish her grisly demise.

Biography[]

Jordan is a very wealthy investor who is interested in buying Amys business. However, she makes Amy work for it by insisting that they develop a personal relationship before doing business. Jordan invites Amy to her home and on lavish business trips, seeming to be very impressed by her.

Eventually, Jordan buys Amys business. She ends up dating Naomi, her brothers ex-wife, and they both seem happier than ever. Jordan eventually gets bored of Naomi, calling her too attentive. She chats with Amy at her house one evening. Naomi answers the door, and burglars in masks are waiting. They pull guns on the women, and start to rob Jordans belongings. Jordan and Naomi both get a chance to run away, so they run in the direction of a safe room. Naomi presses the close button before Jordan gets in, and Jordan dies after getting crushed by the door closing. This causes Naomi to receive post-traumatic stress and Michael to vomit uncontrollably.

Jordan Feeds Into the Role as a Capitalist Tyrant

Jordans materialistic endeavors are no secret, particularly when she ruthlessly pursues the purchase of the Tamago chair. Created by Georges (Joseph Lee) father, the Tamago chair is rooted in family heritage and sentimental value, and more importantly, it is a piece that the family obstinately do not want to sell. Jordan disregards these emotions and sentiments, in fact, its like she doesnt register them at all, exposing her inability to feel empathy. The chair itself speaks to Jordans superficiality; it is a simplistic design with grooves on the base that are imprints of Georges mothers backside. Production designer Grace Yun explains that the chair held “a touch of impossibility in that it’s made out of stone, shaped like an egg and on three legs,” further propagating the notion of wealthy people buying almost fantastical luxury items.

Alongside lacking the capacity for empathy, Jordan has also essentially traded her wealth for her humanity. She is driven by capitalist ideology and expects everyone else to be the same, only seeing people in positions below her as cogs in the business. When Amy is trying to reschedule a meeting with Jordan, Naomi (Ashley Parks) advises her to use the excuse of a “work emergency,” suggesting that Jordan doesnt perceive value in other aspects of life like family or personal ones. Shes the boss everyone dreads having. As such, the way she treats people is entirely dehumanizing, evident in the way she left Amy waiting when she was called off to a meeting, promised to return but never did. During the latter episodes of the show, she also unashamedly flirts with Amy, constantly dismissing and belittling her newfound partner Naomi. Its as if she is exempt from social niceties, basic human respect and kindness purely because of her wealth and status, a recurring theme among socialites in film that make us disgusted. And to solidify our feelings against her, the show undoubtedly had to include that enraging and condescending phrase: “Thats so cute.”

Physical appearance[]

Jordan is petite with long brown hair. She is always seen in expensive clothing and jewelry, often advertising her wealth with her attire. She has also been seen as very attractive, with Isaac commenting on her beauty on a call with Amy.

Maria Bello plays Jordan Forster, the obscenely wealthy head of a Forsters, the home improvement chain on the verge of purchasing Amy’s plant company.

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