From boy band to the dance floor, actor/singer James Maslow of the hit group Big Time Rush phoned in to The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about his experience so far on the cast of Dancing With The Stars. Now going into week five, James is coming off a hot week with his fierce tango in week four with his switch-up partner Cheryl Burke, which received a score of 35 out of 40 from the judges. As he continues to perform well, is James feeling the pressure to keep up to his previous standards?
“The pressure’s not too bad, but I gotta say it’s taken a physical toll. It’s pretty impressive, I thought I was in good shape and this show is kicking my ass,” he laughed.
As part of the hit Nickelodeon series/music group Big Time Rush, James noted that the group was accustomed to having a few moves, but has never done partner dancing, so DWTS has been “a whole new extreme for me.”
Known as the “handsome one” of BTR, James has definitely been playing up the sex appeal on DWTS by taking on many routines shirtless for his female fanbase.
“It was appropriate for the salsa, the sexy dance, and people seemed to like it, so I’m throwing it in when I can,” he laughed.
If you’re not a fan of James Maslow already, here’s little story that should win you over. A few weeks ago, Hannah, a lovely fan from Ohio, asked James to her prom. He couldn’t make it, so instead he made another dream come true. We gave him a call to get you all the exclusive details, but here’s how the story starts—Hannah’s touching prom proposal:
Unfortunately, his killer moves on “Dancing with the Stars” kept him from attending the prom (you know he would if he could!). To make it up to her, James flew Hannah and her family out to L.A., took them to Disneyland, and gave them VIP tickets to see him perform live on “Dancing with the Stars.” On Friday, Hannah’s school played this video to let her know:
WhoSay: How did you hear about the proposal?
James Maslow: I had seen the proposal on Twitter; it started out with a couple of fans and then a lot of fans—I felt bad because I did not know what to do, since I knew I couldn’t make it, but then I came up with this and hopefully it’s even better.
WhoSay: What made you say yes to this video?
James: I was touched by how supportive her schoolmates friends and family are – I wanted to show your dreams really can come true. Since it got so much support from the community, it seems like we should do all we can to let great things happen for good people. I’m excited to be able to be a part of this for Hannah and her family.
WhoSay: Did you go to your own prom?
James: I did. I was lucky enough to go all four years; I was invited as a freshman and sophomore and then got to go as an upperclassman. I had a great time at all of them.
WhoSay: What’s your favorite thing to do at Disneyland?
James: Space Mountain, and we definitely went on that.
James and I met up in his neck of the woods (that would be Venice, a laid-back beach town near Los Angeles) at trendy hot spot Gjelina. We’ve had a chance to get to know each other these past few weeks at DWTS, so sitting down for lunch felt like meeting up with an old friend. Coming from a photo shoot earlier that morning, James arrived promptly at 1 P.M. and declared right off the bat that if this was a real date, he would absolutely be paying (and asking me lots of questions too!). What transpired over the next two hours was one of the most fun dates I’ve ever been on (real or not), and that’s all in part to the charisma and maturity of James, who is far beyond his 23 years.
Glamour: Thanks for joining me on our very first “On a Date With…” series!
James: I’m so thrilled to be asked! Thank you for having me.
Glamour: I have to say, I can’t believe that you’re 23. You have a maturity that extends well beyond that.
James: Yeah, Peta [Murgatroyd] was even shocked. I’ve been living on my own since I was 17, and I’ve always had big dreams since I was little. Even when I was in school, if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself. I have big responsibilities now. I own real estate, I just finished my first feature, I have a business manager, and we meet monthly about my portfolio. But I need to enjoy being young too. I’m finding a nice balance.
Glamour: I have to ask that all-important question: What’s your current relationship status?
James: I’m dating, but I’m so busy that it’s hard to find a lot of time for it. So I’m single. I think there’s a difference between dating and being in a relationship with someone. You can date a lot until you find the person you want to create a relationship with, but it needs to be a clear distinction. So at this point, I’m just dating.
Glamour: How much do you use your dog, Fox, as a girl magnet?
James: My dog is the greatest girl magnet you could possibly imagine; it’s silly. Sometimes I almost would rather they not meet my dog because they just want to play with him. He’s an Alaskan Klee Kai, and he’s about 2 1/2. I can’t blame anybody because he’s the cutest dog in the world—and I love him to death—but I want to make sure someone wants to be with me too. [Laughs]
Glamour: So what do you look for?
James: I want someone who challenges me. I’ve dated younger girls or even girls close to my age, and it’s really easy for them to agree with everything I say. That’s not necessarily because of what I do, or maybe that’s part of it. I want a girl that is driven and has her own thing going on, but that can make it all the more difficult because then we’re both so busy. As for a physical type, I like all women. [Laughs] I’ve gone for blonds in the past, but then I’ll meet a brunette who knocks me off my feet.
Glamour: Like me!
James: [Laughs] Speaking of which, this date is going great!
Glamour: But you do have to have that physical chemistry.
James: That’s so important. Anybody who thinks that sex isn’t one of the most important things in a relationship is insanely wrong. Once you have that requirement, it’s all about personality. It’s easy to find an attractive girl in L.A. It’s not easy to find an attractive girl who you enjoy spending all your time with.
You can read more about Glamour’s date with James by clicking HERE.
Monday’s Dancing with the Stars was chock full of emotional performances for the night’s “Most Memorable Year” theme. While some pulled at the heartstrings (we’re still teary over Danica McKellar’s dedication to her son and late grandmother) and others moved us beyond words (hello, Amy Purdy), Big Time Rush star James Maslow approached his dance in an upbeat, yet inspiring way.
It was pretty surprising to learn the man who Carrie Ann Inaba had just inducted into the Dancing with the Stars Sexy Hall of Fame the week prior had actually endured some pretty serious bullying as a kid. Not only did he struggle with his weight, but he was also picked on for what ended up making him a star—his love of performing.
“I was a kid in musical theater and I was bullied for a few different things, quite honestly,” James told OK! after the show. “It’s something I had a hard time talking about originally. I just didn’t want to do it. I wanted to talk about something more positive. But I realized inadvertently that it is a positive message. It’s not dwelling on the past it’s saying, ‘Hey, I went through this. That sucked, but if you have the mentality to move past it you can almost utilize it to fuel your fire for whatever you want to do. You can do it.’ That’s why I embraced it and I’m glad we were able to share it with the world in our dance.”
Since James and his pro dance partner Peta Murgatroyd were dancing the Jive, she choreographed the upbeat routine to reflect his positive message.
“I wanted to make it a celebration of how far James has come and what he’s gone through,” says Peta. “We’re not trying to rub it into anybody,” says James of the message. “We’re saying, hey, it happened, but because of it and in spite of it I was able to move on. Live every day for the moment. And I still, with this show and everything I’ve been able to do and accomplish so far, I have bigger and better goals.”