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.”