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Quick Stats: James Maslow, actor
Daily Driver: 2014 Mercedes CLS63 AMG (James’ rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to San Diego
Car he learned to drive in: 1994 Infiniti J30
First car bought: 2005 Ford Mustang

Former Nickelodeon actor and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist James Maslow participated in his first Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race recently and quickly got the racing bug. “They asked me to do it, and I jumped at saying ‘yes’ because I’ve always loved cars but I’ve never raced before,” he says. After training in Scions at Willow Springs Raceway, Maslow got in his 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG for the drive home and found himself still thinking about the new skills learned on the track. “Going into my AMG, I actually had to be very careful the first time I got on the freeway because I’m looking at the turn, I’m seeing the apex, and I’m looking at it the same way that I’m thinking about racing in every turn,” he says. “But you hit the gas in my car, and it accelerates three times as fast, so it made me be a little more careful when I was driving my car.” Maslow gives his CLS63 high marks, and he likes the matte color he chose, as well. “I’d honestly give it a 9 for the most spoiled daily driver you can have,” he says.

He originally wanted a two-door sports car. The 6-foot-2-inch actor got into a friend’s Porsches and notes that although they’re one of the best-handling cars he’s driven, it didn’t fit as a daily driver for him. “I got in, I went to put the seat back, and I wanted to adjust another inch or two of legroom, and it was as far back as it could go,” Maslow says. “It just seems a little small for an everyday car. I thought I might need four doors, so I looked into a sporty car that would have four doors and still be able to lug some stuff around, and I came up with the CLS and it’s really been fantastic.” Maslow likes that it can feel like a normal daily driver, but then he can click it into Sport mode. “All of a sudden, you do have a race car, so it’s nice you can live in both comfort and sport,” he says. “What’s nice about it is that you can keep it in Comfort and in Eco, and it drives like a normal car. It’s still got a lot of power, but it starts in second gear. It’s not too aggressive. I’ve noticed when I’ve driven some M’s, just comparing to a BMW because I’ve had BMWs before, it’s always punchy and always feels like a race car.”

1972 Ford Bronco
Rating
: 9
Maslow says it’s nice to have an SUV, especially when living in an area with rough roads, and that’s where his restored Ford Bronco comes in. He worked on this labor of love as much as he could on his own. “Living in Los Angeles, some of these roads are so terrible that it’s nice to have an SUV. I like having a sports car, but it still rides pretty stiff, which I prefer,” He says. “The Bronco to me is more unique. Anybody can buy a fancy car if you have the funds, and that’s great, and I was able to customize some things on the Mercedes, but to me the Bronco’s just that much cooler because you can’t buy one and you really can’t buy one in the shape that mine’s in.” He drives the Bronco closer to home, but for longer trips to the other side of Los Angeles, Maslow opts for the Mercedes. “I live in Venice, and I do my best not to leave when I can help it,” he says. “I just like the weather. But when I have to go into Valley, go into Hollywood sometimes, the Bronco isn’t as conducive to that, so then I’ll take the Mercedes. The CLS63 is probably my daily driver. The Bronco’s my favorite. It’s more of a weekend car. Any time I’m not going more than five miles, I prefer that car. So I drive it two or three times a week at least. When I’m moving, it’s actually my main car because it’s easier to lug boxes.”

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James has joined up with VH1’s Save the Music campaign. The Save the Music foundation is dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. So how is James helping out you ask? Glad you asked! He’s designed a t-shirt (check out details below on how to purchase) with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit VH1’s Save the Music.



The shirt will be available for 2 weeks so be sure to grab yours while you can, and help support a great cause!

We are still in a state of amazement after watching Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Special earlier in this week, but we couldn’t help notice that James Maslow was missing! Though he wasn’t on the episode, the 24-year-old entertainer recently spoke exclusively to JJJ about his time on the show and what he was excited about for the 10th anniversary show. “I’m looking forward to seeing some performances from the old celeb contestants!” James shared about the episode.

JJJ: What were some of your favorite moments on the show?
JM:
The freestyle was pretty awesome. It was probably the dance I was most comfortable with since it was the only one remotely similar to the kind of dance I had done before. Plus, we won it so that was pretty cool.

JJJ: Can you pick your favorite dance? Why that one?
JM:
The modern dance to Frozen we got all 10s for was sick. It was fun to use some physicality and throw Peta around.

JJJ: What has the show meant to you?
JM:
It was a really cool opportunity to meet and work with a whole world of professionals I may have otherwise never even met. I think it made me a better performer overall. Even though I doubt I ever do a rumba walk again.

JJJ: Looking back, what made you want to join in the first place?
JM:
Honestly, it just seemed fun. I spoke with a couple of my friends who had previously done the show, like Joey Fatone and Victor Ortiz and everyone said the exact same thing. It’s a lot of work but a hell of a lot of fun. It was also a nice change of pace from filming and tour.

JJJ: What’s one thing that you would want to say to your partner now?
JM:
Good luck finding a better partner! Just kidding. But seriously…

JJJ: If you could do it all again, would you?
JM:
I’m glad I did the show, but I’d like the next time I go on DWTS to be to perform my own music.

JJJ: Are you watching the show now? Who are you rooting for?
JM:
I haven’t kept up with every episode but of course I always cheer on Peta. Since she’s out now, my votes go to Whitney. Sorry guys!

JJJ: What was the biggest hurdle for you to get over during your time on the show?
JM:
Rumba walk and “floaty” hands. Neither are natural to the human body.

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Nancy Davis will welcome guests to the 22nd annual Race To Erase MS benefiting Race to Erase MS and its “Center Without Walls” program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS. Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances by Ne-Yo, Rita Ora and Matty B. Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger will be presented with the Race to Erase MS “Medal of Hope” Award. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.

Special hosts for the evening include Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Anne Heche & James Tupper, and Paris Hilton. Additional guests include Alyssa Milano, Lance Bass, Taryn Manning, Larry King, Frances Fisher, Candace Cameron Bure, Lea Thompson, Rowan Blanchard, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Christine Devine, Clementine Ford, Camille Grammer, G. Hannelius, Lydia Hearst, Robert Herjavec, Olivia Holt, Carrie Ann Inaba, Kym Johnson, Cobi Jones, Robert Knepper, James Maslow, Katherine McNamara, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Peta Murgatroyd, Austin North, Willow Shields, Alli Simpson, Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd, Loni Anderson, Lindsay Arnold, and many more.

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It has been over a year since the guys of Big Time Rush have performed together and almost two years since 24/Seven was released, so can you blame us for missing them? While the boys haven’t done anything together in quite some time, they’ve been pretty busy individually. Kendall Schmidt released new music. Carlos PenaVega got married. Logan Henderson has been enjoying some down time. And James Maslow jumped deep into the acting world.
And speaking of James, we recently chatted with the 24-year-old singer/actor about his upcoming film, The Seeds of Yesterday, new BTR music (!!!), his connection to 50 Shades of Grey and tons more! Rushers, you’re not gonna want to miss this:

Teen: The Seeds of Yesterday trailer was pretty insane — What drew you to the film?
James Maslow:
“People have seen me do a lot of one thing, which is James Diamond from Big Time Rush And as fun as that absolutely was, it’s not who I am and all that I am capable of. So I jumped at the opportunity to play a role that’s probably as 180 degrees away from James Diamond as you can get. Bart is a very complex character and it’s more character work than any other role I’ve ever played. I am proud of it. It was exciting to go that deep into a character and I am really, really hoping people can see that.”

T: What do you think people will be most shocked about?
JM:
“You know, people know me as being a pretty nice guy, and I’d liked to say that in life [I’m] pretty upbeat. The large-scale roles that people have seen me in are pretty happy. Bart is not necessarily a very happy person. He can be very mean and manipulative and there are definitely some scenes where people will definitely be shocked. But, remember it’s acting! (laughs) And kind of the point. At the end of the movie, he’s not a bad guy. He’s just very, very tortured. As intelligent as he is, he was just lead out of that path. So, I think that will be the biggest shock for people — playing a character that is not the most likable person.”

T: Let’s talk about the Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired teaser that came out. You obviously didn’t know that it’s going to get cut together like that, but when you were filming those scenes, was it awkward?
JM:
“Yeah, there were definitely some awkward moments, but you’re acting and everyone on set is very professional. We actually filmed quite a bit that didn’t make the movie. The director was very avid about making it as realistic as possible. So, for example, several of the sex scenes are obviously going to be cut down because it’s TV and we are not showing Fifty Shades of Grey. But in many ways we still have that movie; It exists somewhere. So, I’m not surprised they cut the trailer down as much as they did. That’s promotion; It’s not reflective of the entirety of the film. A lot of the scenes were cut back from how they were filmed.”

T: Did you actually see Fifty Shades?
JM:
“No I haven’t, actually.”

T: Let’s talk about your upcoming thriller, Wild for the Night. It’s so exciting to see you branching out in roles like that. How was filming that?
JM:
“Well, strangely enough, it was more in my personal comfort zone than you might think. I always joked that if I ever played myself it would be so different from James Diamond that people would think I was acting. Obviously Wyatt in Wild for the Night is not me. He’s very dark, but different. He’s much more introverted and manipulative in his own way, but he puts on a show, which is interesting. Wyatt has an emotional past because he was an alcoholic and used to do drugs and that back story is nothing like anything I played before. It was a ton of fun, and Benny Boom, who directed it, wanted to make it as realistic as possible. So that was exciting. Quite frankly, that was one of the most fun roles I’ve played to date. It’s an action movie, so I got to get into some fights. Thomas [Flanagan] beats the crap out of me. It was exciting. I am very excited for people to see both. And they are so different that people might find themselves shocked again by the differences between Wyatt and Bart.”

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