Nick Jonas is pretty shy at first. So much so that when we meet on the roof of midtown’s Viceroy Hotel—a Central Park-facing bar simply known as The Roof—I worry that there aren’t enough cocktails in the world to get him to open up. But boy was I wrong. (And, anyway, I had my partner in crime, ELLE associate editor Seth Plattner, on hand just in case we ran into any awkward patches.) But we didn’t—because Nick Jonas kind of rules? He’s seriously funny in that repeats your joke from earlier but with a slightly keener delivery kind of way, not to mention pretty damn self-assured for a 21-year-old. Just try to give him a playful ribbing and see if he balks. He’ll just sit there in his skinny jeans, his newly chiseled jaw cloaked in mossy stubble, and make another expert quip about how “deep” you went into his Instagram feed. Nick: 1, Justine: 0. Over a round of Bombay Dreams—a low-cal cocktail he invented while on tour last year—the newly emancipated JoBro talks his racy role on DirecTV’s upcoming MMA drama, Kingdom, expectations for his forthcoming solo album, and the nearly nude Instagram that almost exploded the Internet.
Not to embarrass you, Nick, but I went pretty deep into your Instagram feed and stumbled upon a tremendous body shot, which you justified by saying, ‘I never do this, but…’
And I haven’t done that since! I got really into fitness last year. I have to take my shirt off for a lot of the sex scenes in Kingdom and I wanted to look back and be okay with how I looked. It was actually why I created this drink. I was looking for something low calorie and low carb while we were on tour in South America last spring. I was training a lot and trying to change my diet. Traditionally I don’t like vodka. I’m a beer and wine person. I mean, I’ll drink vodka, because it works, but I’ve always liked gin. So I walked up to a bartender and told him a bunch of things that I liked. And was like, ‘Please, can you make this really simple gin drink.’
No, luckily he spoke English. But you know, club soda, a bunch of pineapple juice, two limes…And it just kind of stuck. And then what happened was that everyone on the tour started drinking them. It became the staple of the tour. To the point where we’d walk into a bar and order a Bombay Dream, and they would know what we were talking about.
You said you changed your nutrition. What have you eaten today?
Today, I had a salad with chicken for lunch—very exciting. This morning I had egg whites and turkey bacon. That’s pretty much my daily thing. I have a plan I follow in L.A. to become a total animal. I eat 3,500 calories a day and do two-a-day training sessions. The rule is: Any time you think that you might be hungry, you eat. I gained like, 15 pounds since that [Instagram] picture. Then I stopped training for three weeks recently and dropped 10 pounds like that.
Do you dress differently when you’re less bulky?
Yeah, I have to because my clothes don’t fit.
Your jeans don’t look like they have a ton of wiggle room…
They’re tight, right? That’s on purpose. But they have a little stretch.
We know you box, but have you ever tried a more traditionally feminine workout?
My girlfriend took me to hot yoga. I was looking around the room—and this was when I was at my biggest—and noticed that the male yoga physique is much different than what I had going on. She’s really good at it, so I thought I’d give it a try. I did like the breathing, though, because that’s a big part of fighting, actually.
How do you motivate yourself through grueling workouts?
I tell myself, ‘It’s almost done.’ I hate going to the gym. I really do. I don’t enjoy it all.
Even when you’re admiring your bulging biceps in the mirror?
Yeah, I don’t do that. [Laughs] I mean, I know people who do that. I go to the gym and I just think about when I’ll be done. My trainer does one-hour workouts. And that’s his deal. Just make good decisions the 23 hours you’re not with him.
Dude, I can’t stop drinking this!
It’s so good, right? You can just keep sucking them down. There’s the story of how it was created, and then there’s stories from after its creation. It’s so smooth that you get drunk really fast. And that’s happened a bunch of times…to people. Bombay Dreams make nightmares. [Laughs]
Okay, so, new music. You just dropped “Chains,” and you have your solo debut coming soon. What can you tell us?
In a lot of ways it’s me starting over. I feel like representing who I am now is important. If you asked, ‘Who is Nick Jonas?’ you might be really surprised by the answer. I don’t know if anyone has a real grasp on it.
Okay, now this is a question I ask everyone: What’s something you’re good at that a lot of people wouldn’t expect you to be good at?
I think if you asked people that about me, a lot of people would say music. There’s a lot of bias that I’m excited to tear down.
Wait, are pretzels in your diet?
They’re not. Oh, I’m cheating. I had a photo shoot for the show on Sunday. And I was being really good. So for the first time in a while, I had French fries last night.
Okay, so something you’re good at that people wouldn’t expect you to be good at is music?
No, I mean, that’s a joke. I hope. But maybe acting. I don’t want to say that I’m good, but I really enjoy it. And I think Kingdom is an opportunity to represent what I can actually do as an actor. It’s not like a Disney show, because that’s not acting. This is just a different thing entirely. But something else I’m good at? Coming up with drinks! This is not the only one I’ve come up with. I have a wintertime drink, too. I introduced my mom to Fireball whiskey, which is great. So it’s like warm milk, chai, and Fireball…
Are you worried that no one has the guts to tell you you’re an awful mixologist?
You guys are sucking them down! [Laughs] It’s funny that you say that, though, because I showed this to a bartender one time. And he was like, ‘This isn’t a real drink. You don’t know.’ But then he ended up drinking them all night and got sloppy drunk.
So you play a nasty fighter on Kingdom. Have you ever kicked someone’s ass in real life?
I mean I had a couple instances, but this was before I knew how to fight. With most men, the instinct is like, ‘Oh, I can handle myself.’ But you learn very quickly, when you’re trained by real fighters, that the art of fighting is a totally different thing. I’m pretty glad I didn’t get into those fights when I didn’t know how to fight. The one thing I’ve learned is that it’s all about submission. I would never kill someone, but I’d put them to sleep. It’s better.
Huh. Last question: What’s something you’re bad at that most people think you’d be good at?
Speaking loudly. I’m very quiet. People always think I’m tired when I’m full of energy! I’m very calm. People always ask how I can be so reserved. But once you’ve been in real turmoil, which, at this point in my life, I’ve been in a few times, you kind of realize when you need to turn on the panic button and when you need to chill.
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Last Friday, we gave you your first look at Nick Jonas‘ new music video “Chains” and as promised we’ve got two more sneak peeks to wet your whistle before it premiers in full this Wednesday at 6 a.m. on MTV, MTV Hits, mtvU, and MTV.com.
The first clip features Nick being dragged across the ground à la Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” while the second stars Dylan Penn with the word “Lust” watermarked in front of her face.
The single will be featured on Nick’s upcoming solo debut, in which the singer took cues from some of his favorite artists.
“I’ve been really influence by a lot of modern stuff, as well as like my classic roots, so Prince being a big one, a lot of falsetto work, Hall & Oates, is a big part of this, and then The Weekend and singing Drake, which I feel like is a different artist to Drake rapping, but I love them both,” he told MTV News. “But singing Drake and this guy Erik Hassle, a new artist that I really love, and, you know, Sam Smith and that kind of vibe, so like if you kind of mash that all together: it’s that.”
Make sure to check back tomorrow for two more exclusive previews from the “Chains” music video and don’t forget (like you need a reminder) to watch it in its entirety this Wednesday only on MTV.
Published on Jul 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Celebrities attend the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California. Seen here are: Kelly Osbourne, Cody Simpson, Alli Simpson, Nick Jonas, Kellan Lutz, Trey Songz, Audrina Patridge, Ansel Elgort, and The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran.
See the music video premiere Wednesday, July 30 on MTV.com at 6AM EST.
“It’s a song that embodies the feeling of being trapped in a love that is hopeless,” Jonas told me when we sat down for his first on-camera interview surrounding this venture. “I think it’s a great new sound for me and a really good taste tester for this project.”
Since parting ways with his brothers last October, Nick has signed to Island Def Jam, where he’s been able to fine-tune his sound and incorporate a genre that’s near and dear to his heart: soul.
“That’s what I grew up on and that’s what feels natural when I open my mouth to sing and so having a pop alternative music bed with the soul vocal, I feel like really works,” he explained. “I think this is definitely more of a mature sound as it relates to Jonas Brothers music and Nick Jonas & the Administration.”
While Jonas promises “a bunch of songs on the record” to be self-written, he did not pen this particular track. Nonetheless, the singer found no problem identifying with the silky lyrics.
“The story behind ‘Chains’ is basically that feeling that all people can relate to, it’s being trapped. For me specifically in this song, I connected to love and trust and for some people they have said it’s broader for them, it’s more than love, it can be about anything that entangles you in your life and doesn’t let you do what you need to do to feel free,” he said. “I think this is a good fit and I fell in love with the song and I really feel like it has become a staple for this album.”
It’s a familiar cycle: young kid joins a boyband, becomes a teen heartthrob, band breaks up, kid gets a new look, and tries the solo route. Very few artists have been able to rise above their gimmicky pasts—and whether or not you loved N’Sync or Jonas Brothers or Backstreet Boys as a kid, you know the initial struggle to take anyone seriously as a solo artist is hard.
For those who don’t know, the Jonas Brothers broke up in October, and the youngest of the trio, Nick Jonas, is starting fresh and going the solo route. He’s reportedly starring in DirecTV’s mixed martial arts drama Kingdom, he’s now signed to Island Records, and is prepping a ton of new music, which he’s teased on his Instagram. Today, we’re premiering his new Jason Evigan-produced song called “Chains.”
“Everyone has their own chains, in life and in love, that bind them and this song embodies that feeling,” he said in an email. “I’m excited to be back to share this song with the world.”
Published on Jul 17, 2014
Did you know Barbra Streisand has a shopping mall in her basement?
A fabulously fictitious hit comedy imagining what might transpire when an unemployed Hollywood actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s non-fictitious basement: an underground private shopping mall beneath her Malibu home.
“Buyer & Cellar” plays the Mark Taper Forum July 9 – Aug 17, 2014. More info: http://bit.ly/1qLqSj9
Nick Jonas and Dylan Penn make for one very hot couple!
No, they’re not dating!
The two were in downtown L.A. this weekend shooting a secret video project for Mr. Jonas.
“It’s very hot,” a source exclusively tells me. “It was very sexy and steamy.”
Filming took place over two days at the Hotel Alexandria, an historic building which has also been used for Dreamgirls, Water for Elephants and Se7en.
Sources declined to detail what the video was for, but they assured us, as one eyewitness put it, “there was a ton of chemistry.”
Jonas tweeted an Instagram photo on Saturday showing actors dressed as riot police with a simple caption saying, “#foreshadow.”
A few days before he posted a video of himself with singer-producer Mike Posner along with a sample of new music with the message, “musictime #areyouready @mikeposner.”
We’re definitely ready!
Also coming up for Jonas is the indie movie Careful What You Wish For and Kingdom, a new DirecTV series (premiering in October) that takes place in the world of mixed martial arts.
Penn (she’s the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) recently wrapped her first movie, Condemned, a horror flick costarring Lydia Hearst.
“I’m trying out this whole acting thing,” she told Treats magazine in April. “It’s hard to say for me because I’ve rejected it my whole life until now. I literally can’t say it without laughing. My truest passion is writing so I continue to do that on my own while seeing what all the buzz is about being in front of the camera.”
Published on Jun 25, 2014
On the last day of Milan Fashion Week Dean and Dan Caten have the men’s collection for Spring / Summer 2015 event host Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. The designers on the catwalk recreate a true New York loft inside which moves a young artist who loves to experiment with shapes and colors. On the catwalk neon shades and prints reminiscent of pop art or celebrated artists of the 80s, mixed with details of the sports wardrobe. (translated through Google Translate)
Published on Jun 25, 2014
EXCLUSIVE – We spotted the American singer Joe Jonas leaving the Valentino Men Fashion Show in paris. He took a long time to pose with fans before leavong by walk
Paris, France on Wednesday June 25, 2014
Our fashion editors weren’t the only ones over in Milan checking out the collections. Joe Jonas, who’s been crushing the style game lately, was front-and-center at the shows and around town. Armed with his phone, some industry cred, and a little star power, he documented the week for us. Here are the 15 best things he saw:
1. Where: John Varvatos
What: This dude posing outside John Varvatos being a bad ass.
2. Where: Hogan Post-Show Dinner Party at Il Baretto Restaurant in the Baglioni Hotel
What: Nobody eats alone in Milan. So when your +1 doesn’t show up, Pinocchio does.
3. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Checking out Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2’s new rooftop membership lounge/restaurant. Killer view of Milan with an amazing private collection of art—including two original Basquiat paintings. I visited the spot five times during my three day stay. Don’t get me started on the food. My favorite dishes were the melon and prosciutto and the pesto pasta. Plus, it has my new favorite drink: The Aperol Spritz. Mind. Blown.
4. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Shhh. Don’t tell anyone I’m here—again.
5. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Dan and Dean are style masters across the board, they spared nothing when it came to the interior design and art that makes the whole place flow. Obsessed with the original Basquiat paintings on display here.
6. Where: Bally presentation
What: Bally’s rubber sole dress shoes make for comfortable all year gear. I like that these can be worn dressed up or casual.
7. Where: Vivienne Westwood S/S 2015 Show
What: Such an honor to meet Vivienne Westwood. Her Spring-Summer ’15 collection was chic with just the right amount of her well-known quirkiness and punk flare. The oversized top hats worn in the show added some extra drama to everything. I want one…Pharrell, yours is in the mail.
8. Where: Marc Jacobs
What: Jacobs’ menswear crew looking like fly groomsmen at a Palm Springs wedding at the brand’s Spring-Summer ’15 presentation
9. Where: Missoni
What: One of my favorite looks from the Missoni Show.
10. Where: Backstage at Missoni
What: Backstage with designer Angela Missoni’s daughter, Margherita, talking about the awesome collection and summer vacation plans.
11. Where: Diesel Black Gold
What: Looking down at what had to be the longest catwalk at MFW.
12. Where: Dsquared2′s Showroom
What: Hanging out with Dsquared2 designer Dan Caten (half of design duo Dean & Dan).
13. Where: Backstage at Dsquared2
What: Getting to chat with the one and only Renzo Rosso backstage at Dsquared2 about his favorite vacation spots. He’s a genius.
14. Where: Dsquared2
What: Who says cat sweaters are only for grandmothers? Lots of color at the very entertaining Dsquared2 show. The Caten brothers have a bright outlook on the Milanese man’s innate style for next season. A very entertaining show
15. Where: Dsquared2
What: Hanging with my new fashion week family backstage after the Dsquared2 show. Good times with these guys—Avo Yermagyan, Marnie Toocaram, Adwoa Aboah, Dougie Poynter, and Sai Bennett.
Published on Jun 24, 2014
See these highlights from the Details Fashion Week party in Milan. Includes interviews with celebrity attendees Joe Jonas, Josh Peskowitz, Massimiliano Giornetti, Gaia Trussardi, and others
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