James Maslow’s career doesn’t miss a beat. Coming off his successful Big Time Rush tour, the singer and actor jumped at the chance to try his hand–and feet–at something new by joining the season 18 cast of Dancing With the Stars.
“We’re done with the show [Big Time Rush] and we just finished our tour, and we don’t have another one scheduled at the moment,” Maslow said, “Dancing With the Stars is pretty much going to be my priority while I’m writing my solo album and working on the next project. Right now this is actually perfect timing.”
The 23-year-old opened up to Parade.com about his rehearsals, getting advice from Joey Fatone, and doing “something that my grandma’s going to be psyched about.”
Why did you decide to join the cast this season?
“Well, when the offer came in I have to admit I was a little surprised and complimented. It was a cool thing I had never thought about doing, but honestly I thought it would be a ton of fun and it worked out literally to be the first day I got back from tour. It’s the first time I can do anything as an individual because I’ve been doing Big Time Rush for about six years now. So it was an opportunity to go and learn a new skill, have a challenge and launch the next step of my life, of my career. ”
What do your Big Time Rush bandmates think of the gig?
“They were all pretty psyched when I told them! Of course, a lot of jokes and videos of silly dances I’ve done in the past were sent my way, but they meant it with love and support. They’re definitely going to be at the second or third show.”
Were you a fan of the show before joining the cast?
“I never watched it religiously, but I had known some of the contestants. I had talked to [NSYNC's] Joey Fatone before I did and asked about his experience, and his answers are part of the reason I decided to do it. I never watched it on a regular basis, but I’m doing my homework now.”
What was some of the advice he gave you?
“The first thing he said was that ‘it’s a ton of fun, dude I totally recommend doing it, I had a blast, it’s a lot of work.’ And everybody has kind of said that, ‘you know, it’s a lot of work but it’s fun.’ It is a heck of a lot of work, let me tell you. Just going hours and hours on the same things, the same dance—I’ve put entire tours together in just five days, but you’re doing different songs and you’re never focused on one thing, but it’s movement that I’m used to. This is so different, it’s movement that has to look a certain way because that is the style. It’s not like you can just do what looks good on your body, you have to make your body look good doing something that was invented a long time ago. It’s tough. Three or four hours in I just want to stop and do something else, but I can’t. So I see how it’s going to get even more difficult, but he was right in the first place when he said it’s fun. Everybody’s cool, the whole cast is cool, and you get to hang out with cute dancers, do something that my grandma’s going to be psyched about [laughs], it is very cool.”
You can read James’ full interview at: Parade.com