Picture this hypothetical situation and put yourself in it: you are a 24-year-old single guy who is an actor, singer and dancer, are extremely good looking, in terrific shape and live a block away from the beach in Venice, California. The vast majority of us would spend a ton of time partying and eating fattening foods at the top restaurants all over the globe. But not James Maslow.
“I like to train six days a week,” he says. “I love to exercise and it’s not always lifting weights. I also love to box and like to play sports.” As a youngster, Maslow played a lot sports. But when he was 13, he attended a performing arts school that didn’t have any sports teams, so he decided to join a gym to keep himself in shape. But he didn’t take it that serious and make it a full lifestyle until he was 20.
By that time, Maslow was already cast in the role as James Diamond on the hit Nickelodeon series “Big Time Rush,” in which he and his three cast mates played a boy band. They did their own singing and eventually released albums and went on world tours.
“We filmed four seasons and the band became a hit, as well,” recalls Maslow. “We have three gold albums, even platinum in a few countries like Venezuela. And the band still tours; (this past spring) we were in South America.” No rest for the weary as Maslow immediately began rehearsing for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” nine hours after his flight landed back in the United States. Maslow became a household name with his sexy dance routines with partner Peta Murgatroyd and his open shirt costumes during their routines, exposing a finely detailed six-pack.
James Maslow is best known as the star of the award winning music group BIG TIME RUSH and the Nickelodeon series of the same name. In the recently completed season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” he was a fan favorite, fourth place finalist and the show’s last man standing. Maslow and his group last toured Latin America to sold out performances. His new series, “Sequestered,” premieres on Sony Crackle the week of August 5th followed by his first solo music project release in November. In an exclusive interview the young heartthrob reveals some DWTS secrets and his plans for a very bright future.
HOMBRE: Last man standing! How was your experience in “Dancing with the Stars”?
James Maslow: Unlike anything I’ve experienced and a lot more fun. A lot more of everything. It was more difficult, more frustrating at times than I could have expected, but ultimately it was more rewarding.
It actually opened up a lot about myself. It helped me to further discover why I am the way I am today. And I think America was able to perceive me as the young driven man that I am, versus the young character and kid that I played for so many years on TV, so I’m really grateful.
H: Did choreography for Big Time Rush prepare you for DWTS?
JM: We never did a ton because we were singing live and it had to be as complicated as all four of us could do well together, but it helped having a basis. Ballroom dancing and partner dancing is entirely a different story so understanding music and musicality which came from those aspects of my life was actually a lot more beneficial than any of the choreography and dance I’ve done before.
H: What performance stands out from the show?
JM: I have to pick a few because it’s hard to pick just one. “Frozen,” the contemporary dance we did turned out to be one of the coolest dances and experiences I’ve ever had. It was the first dance where I didn’t have to learn specific techniques for ballroom dancing, rather it was subject to what I was capable of doing and what I was comfortable. It was the first dance where I expressed myself in the best way possible. It was the first perfect score of the season.
And lastly the freestyle once again because it was expressive of what I like. I felt that I got to tell a little bit more of my story to America which was really athletic and fun and adventurous and willing to take risks. Basically it’s fair to say that we won the freestyle because that’s the one dance that was voted back.
H: Who were you excited to share the stage with?
JM: Honestly I was excited to see Drew Carey. He’s been around for so many years. I used to watch ‘Whose line is it anyway?” and was a fan of his work as a comedian. He was an absolute gentleman. He’s more successful than most people realize. He committed each time he was there, he tried really hard. Ninety percent of the cast really wanted to be there and the ones who stayed at the end absolutely did, but Drew was a great example of that. Even though technically he wasn’t a great dancer he was sure entertaining and he committed.
If you’re already going through Dancing With the Stars withdrawals like we are now that the season is over, maybe the idea of a spin-off show can hold you over a little?
While there are no plans to make that actually happen, according to James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd it would be just as entertaining as the main event! From laughing on the ground to “slamming doors” see what they say a spin-off show would offer in the video above.
The duo also offer up many more behind-the-scenes secrets from this past season including the surprising routine they felt the least prepared for, the drama they had to deal with before their Michael Jackson cha-cha and exactly how many times they practiced that infamous kiss. You know the one! Get all the deets on things you didn’t get to see on DWTS in the video above.