Big news, James fans! Looks like our boy will be performing at Stream Con NYC on October 31st. There’s a ton of information out there just yet but, according to the Stream Con NYC twitter page, James will be performing as well as having a meet & greet with the fans. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, be sure to head over to StreamConNYC.com.
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
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.”
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.
— James Maslow (@jamesmaslow) May 1, 2015
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.
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.