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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“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.”
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
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 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
One third of the legendary Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas, is featured in our Galore man section which shouldn’t come to any one as surprise. He’s one of our fave hot talented boys. Check out his interview with us below!
What is one perception that people have of Joe Jonas that is not true?
That I am a scientist. I am not a scientist.
The Jonas brothers were like the modern day Jackson 5, who did you idolize growing up?
Growing up, I really admired front men. Performers like Freddie Mercury and Bono were huge inspirations for me. When they were on stage, they owned the audience.
You are really into fashion. What brand will you be sporting this summer?
Diesel has some great bathing suits I’ve been wearing as shorts. And Sandro tank tops.
You have been linked to some of the most beautiful women ever, but what turns you on most in a woman?
I know people say this a lot, but it’s true for me: Confidence. That and a sense of humor. A good taste in music helps.
Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic?
I think I’m not very romantic. I like to do nice and thoughtful things for my girl. But I’m not hopeless – more like a hopeful romantic.
How do you get beach body ready for summer? Any work out routines or regiments?
Surgery. Lots of it. Oh…Also going to the gym and Modo Yoga.
Many girls would love to know what dating Joe Jonas would be like?
Hmm, I wouldn’t know. I’ve never dated him.
Boxers or briefs?
Are you a morning person?
Yes, after I’ve had some coffee, and it’s after 12pm.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Odin Number 10.
What song is currently on repeat in your car?
“You & Me” – Disclosure (Flume Remix).
One thing that annoys you?
When my car is dirty.
Favorite vacation spot?
Somewhere tropical – like Antigua.
Cats or Dogs
I’m a dog person. Unless I can keep Grumpy Cat. Then I will take him.
Biggie or Tupac?
Everything is bigger in Texas?
So I’ve been told.
Have you ever went on a date with a fan?
If they were making a Jonas Bros movie, who would you like to see casted as you?
What can we expect from Joe Jonas this year?
A lot of exciting new things. I’ll definitely be working on my music, as well as some other new projects that are still in the early stages, but I’m really looking forward to what the rest of this year has in store.
“Instant Need” – FKJ
“Snake Charmer” – Bag Raiders
“Keep You” – Wild Belle
“Hurricane” – MS MR (Goldroom Remix)
“From Nowhere” – Dan Croll
“58 BPM” – Tensnake
Go inside the lives of JoBros Kevin and Joe as they hit the stage for their show “Off the Record.” Plus, see how Kevin is adjusting to being a dad.
ET recently chatted with Joe and Kevin Jonas about their new interactive tour Off the Record with Kevin & Joe Jonas, which features the two answering questions and talking with their fans in an intimate, interactive theater experience, which they’ve definitely never done before.
But how do the brothers feel about playing more intimate venues as opposed to the sold-out stadiums they’re more accustomed to?
“We hope that people will be really involved, have a lot of fun, kind of something that we get to do a lot more of,” Joe tells ET about the new experience. “Hopefully I can do well speaking to an audience because you know, I’m so used to singing. It’ll be a little bit different.”
“This is more about telling our stories, where we came from, who we are, and where we’re headed,” Kevin adds.
But are they bitter about their brother Nick pulling out of their reunion tour last October?
According to the brothers, no. “We might have him send a video or Skype him in or something like that, but he’s been really busy with preparing for a TV show right now,” Joe dishes. “It’s a new show that’s going to be on DirecTV and he’s been getting jacked for it. He plays a fighter, so he’s been in the gym every single day, twice a day, eating more than you can imagine.”
So does Joe think that Nick can now “kick his butt?”
Watch the video to find out!
ARTICLE: Nick Jonas “So Excited” to Be an Uncle to Alena Rose, Brother Kevin Jonas “Loves” FatherhoodWednesday, February 26th, 2014
Nick Jonas is opening up about being a new uncle to brother Kevin Jonas’ 3-week-old baby daughter, Alena Rose!
“It’s great,” the 21-year-old singer told E! News exclusively at last night’s Vanity Fair and Fiat Celebrate Young Hollywood event at No Vacancy. “It’s an immediate responsibility and love for someone that you’re going to watch grow up, which is beautiful and I’m just so excited to watch her do that.”
Kevin and wife Danielle, who married back in December 2009, welcomed their first child on Feb. 2.
“I’m so in love with her,” Kevin tweeted on the day Alena was born. Just a few days after that, he shared an adorable photo of himself cuddling with his daughter.
As for how Kevin is handling being a father, Nick dished, “He loves it. He’s really finding out a lot about himself and about his family that he wants to build and it’s just a beautiful time for he and his family.”
Meanwhile, Nick opened up about his new DirecTV show Navy St. in which he’ll play a young UFC fighter.
“It’s a really, really great show,” Nick gushed. “The script is amazing and my character has a really interesting journey. Currently I’m just training and getting mentally and physically ready for that. But it is an exciting time in my life.”
Nick Jonas Calls Being an Uncle “Amazing,” Shares First Photo of Him Holding Baby Niece Alena Rose
Sounds as though Nick Jonas is just as excited as brother Joe about being an uncle.
“It’s amazing,” he told E! News Wednesday, sitting alongside Demi Lovato for a chat about her upcoming Neon Lights Tour, for which Nick is serving as creative and musical director.
“I’m actually flying right after this to meet my niece for the first time,” the 21-year-old singer continued. “He [brother Kevin Jonas] in love with this baby, it’s ridiculous. He sends me pictures every 10 minutes. I think it’s just like the joy of his life right now, so I’m excited to go [see] him.”
Kevin and wife Danielle welcomed daughter Alena Rose, their first child together, on Sunday—and, happily, they’ve been quite forthcoming with baby pictures.
Joe Jonas had already shared a photo of a snuggly moment with his niece, and Nick added to the album today.
“My beautiful niece Alena Rose,” he captioned the pic, which features the wide-eyed infant, clad in a fabulous little onesie printed with hearts, looking intently at her uncle’s face (well, we can’t blame her for staring) while he’s holding her on the couch.
But before he had a chance to meet her, Nick also joked with Demi and E! News’ Kristina Guerrero about what topics to avoid while talking to new moms, like Danielle.
“Never bring up sleep,” advised Kristina, whose own little one is 6 months old.
“I won’t complain about breastfeeding with a mom, either,” Demi added, holding her own for effect.
Nick reassured them, “I was not planning on bringing up boobs.”
But he did plan ahead, revealing that he had gifts for mother and baby—he just needed to run home after his interview to pick them up before he went to the airport!
“I got her and my sister-in-law some good stuff,” Nick said confidently.
With the Jonas Brothers now a thing of the past, Nick Jonas has accepted a day job: He’s the Musical and Creative Director of Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour, which kicks off February 9th in Vancouver, British Columbia. “I’m overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging,” he tells Rolling Stone. “And then I’m extending into the musical side of things, which includes creating the arrangements for the songs. I’m building what Demi wanted, which is a show without stops and starts.”
Jonas began working on the tour a few months ago, right around the same time the Jonas Brothers announced their split. “Demi and I have the same manager,” Jonas explains. “I was immediately excited when I was offered the position. The relationship that Demi and I had over eight years really gives me the insight into how to best communicate with her and her team.”
The show will feature songs from all four of Lovato’s studio albums, going back to 2008′s Don’t Forget. “I’ve been in rehearsals with the band for the last two weeks,” he says. “The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video. I sat down with the band and said to them, ‘You need to step into this like it’s a new gig. None of these arrangements are going to sound like the originals, so you need to have an open mind.’”
Rehearsals were held in Los Angeles over the last few weeks and the whole team is about to head up to Vancouver to prep for opening night. “I won’t be at every single show,” he says. “I’ll get the tour up and running, make sure it’s running smoothly, and then check in every few weeks.”
Once the tour gets off the ground, Jonas will turn his attention towards his upcoming solo project. “Some of it is done and ready to be released,” he says. “I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline right now and I’m waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn’t quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it’s all about lining up the pieces.”
The Jonas Brothers have only officially been apart for four months, but there’s no desire to even talk about any sort of future reunion. “At this moment we’re all focusing on ourselves and the things we want to accomplish,” he says. “That’s especially true with Kevin, whose wife just gave birth. That’s a major life change for him and a priority. Joe and I are really excited for him as well as the music we’re making. I can’t say that I know when [we might reunite] because there’s lots of excitement about what we’re making as individuals.”
Baby Jonas is well on the way, and it sounds like Kevin and Danielle Jonas are well-prepared for their little one’s arrival already!
E! News’ Alicia Quarles recently sat down with the famous couple and got the scoop on how the parents-to-be are embracing this new chapter in life, and we have to say, we’re incredibly impressed.
For starters, Dani looks absolutely stunning, showing off a trim figure with an adorable baby bump, dressed stylishly in a cranberry-colored silk top and leather leggings.
As for her enviable figure, the hot mama attributes her tiny frame to regular sessions with her trainer.
“I’ve been working out a lot. It has actually helped. I don’t think I could have gotten through this without working out,” she smiled.
“Our trainer Anthony Michael has been kicking both of our butts, so he’s been awesome,” added Kevin.
Of course, with Danielle’s due date looming in the near future, the baby gifts are starting to roll in, but Kevin confesses that his brothers Nick and Joe haven’t wrapped anything up just yet.
“They sent some flowers to the shower, and I bet they bring some stuff once the baby has actually been born,” Kevin shared, also revealing that he and his wife have also selected a baby name as well.
“We have picked a name, we’re really excited about it. It’s very special to both of us…it’s different enough for us,” they told us elusively.
And as if Kevin and Dani didn’t have enough on their plates right now, they’re also planning a big move very soon!
“I’m building us a house. Five months ago we broke ground, and in about two weeks we move in. So hopefully it gets done in time for baby!” Kevin smiled.
Now that’s one ambitious papa-to-be!
Wishing you two all the best!
ARTICLE: Kevin & Danielle Jonas’ EXCLUSIVE Chat About That Ready-To-Pop Baby Bump, Upcoming Jonas Projects & So Much More!Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
It looks like we’re going to have a Jonas baby ANY day now!!
Kevin and Danielle Jonas are expecting the arrival of their little bundle of joy on February 6th, meaning they’re just weeks away from parenthood!
But is the soon-to-be-mommy keeping her growing baby bump keep her from the spotlight? HECK NO!!
In fact, Danielle was looking pretty darn hot as she slipped into some tight leather pants and rocked a pair of heels as she and Kevin attended the Deft Amazing Baby Days app launch event in New York on Tuesday!
And, luckily for us, we got to chat with the married parents-to-be EXCLUSIVELY! Kevin and Danielle dished about everything from pregnancy, being excited about their baby girl, and even Kevin’s upcoming Jonas projects! Read all the DEETS AFTER THE JUMP!!!
On the Amazing Baby Days app:
Kevin: The app is incredible. It’s kind of like a one stop shop for your digital booklet for your baby. It’s really a great way to direct — custom so many great people that are fans of the product. And they’re able to keeping track all your baby bump photos, pretty much everything you get on Instagram, everywhere all the time. It’s kind of the one place for you to kind of capture all the special moments and not miss a beat.
Dani: I like how you can capture your tummy growing, you know and seeing all the different months and you’re like oh I felt like I was so big last month but this month it’s a different story. And then also with shower gift, you know you get gifts all over the place for the baby and it’s a way to keep track of them. And then also then the baby comes and you can send thank you with her wearing it or playing with it and I think that’s the coolest part about it.
Your baby is due in early February. How’s the pregnancy been so far?
Dani: It’s been really good. It was a little rough in the beginning and then it got really easy. And then now I’m just kind of ready to see her.
Kevin: Ready to meet her.
What are you most looking forward to with your baby girl?
Dani: I’m really excited to hold her hands and see her face and see what she looks like. I can only imagine what she looks like right now!
Have you gotten any advice on being first time parents?
Dani: We get a lot of good pointers from a lot of people. You know our families are involved and telling us little things to keep in mind and everything but you hold on to those things and you kind of make it your own and that’s great.
Kevin: It definitely is.
What do you wish someone would’ve told you about what to expect from your pregnancy?
Dani: Well I wish that I was told a lot of things because I think women, they hold it in a little bit, but every pregnancy is truly different because some of my friends go through their pregnancies and then I’m going through mine and mine was totally different than theirs!
On working out while pregnant and staying healthy:
Dani: I don’t think I could have done it [being pregnant] without working out, honestly. I think that it makes you move and stretch a little bit. You have to be really safe with it. That’s why I work with a lot of trainers so that I’m careful, but just the movement and I don’t feel the aches and the pains that maybe someone would maybe feel because they aren’t moving. So I love it. I can’t wait to get there sometimes and then when I don’t get there I get grumpy.
On how much they plan to share about their baby girl, once she’s born:
Dani: I think we’ll be pretty open with everything. I mean we enjoy that the fans enjoy seeing us go through things and celebrating things with us.
Do you have a celeb mom role model?
Dani: I love how Jessica Alba has done things with her kids where you know she works so hard and then she has a family life that seems so normal. And I just love how she has such a good head about everything she does.
On what Kevin will be up to:
Kevin: I’m going to be working on a bunch of different projects. I’m really working on the business side of things. You know, right now, there’s a bunch of people lined up and a bunch of different opportunities, I can’t talk about everything, but there will be a lot more Jonas coming your way pretty soon. And you know we’re excited. Each one of us has an opportunity to do something great in individual space and I get to do it not only by myself, but with my family as well, which is my wife and my new baby.
On Nick and Joe in Hawaii:
Kevin: Our guitarist got married and his wedding was in Hawaii! We were supposed to go, but then we got pregnant and Dani’s on baby watch, so we were not able to fly. But it’s cool. They’re enjoying the heat; we’re enjoying the cold!
Such a sweet couple!
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