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What It’s Based On: The follow-up to Thorns hit bookstores in 1984 and marked a 15-year leap forward in the Sheffield family story.
Lifetime of a Lesson: Sometimes your brother is a really lousy keeper.

Seeds‘ most notable swerve from the novel is its omission of Corrine’s devious sibling Joel; instead, the now grown Bart (Big Time Rush’s James Maslow) remains deeply influenced by his zealot great-grandfather Malcolm Foxworth and turns his home into a re-creation of Foxworth Hall. Bart invites Cathy, Chris and the now married and expectant Jory (Anthony Konechny, Fifty Shades of Grey) and Melodie (Leah Gibson) there to celebrate his 25th birthday and hear the long-awaited reading of Corrine’s will, which Bart believes will give him the power over his family that his grandmother intended. When things don’t go to plan, Bart’s need for revenge reaches cruel new heights.

And brace yourself, Big Time Rush fans. You’re about to see a whole new side of James Maslow in Bart Winslow.
I warn Rushers: It’s a little darker,” laughs Maslow of moving on from the Nickelodeon-created boy band’s mop-haired cutie James Diamond to the chilling Dollanganger scion. “Big Time Rush was very plastic and over the top — and awesome! But this is a cool opportunity to dive into something that required a lot more thought, a lot more emotion, a lot more difficult emotion getting into realms of betrayal and obsessions and even possession throughout the movie.

We mined the mind of Maslow about what it was like to enter clan Dollanganger.

Channel Guide: The V.C. Andrews’ books were a huge part of my generation’s teenage years. Now these films are spreading that lore to a new era of fans. Cool to be part of that?
James Maslow:
I didn’t realize just how cool it was until I mentioned to a friend of mine who is a little bit older than I am, and he goes, “No way! That was my favorite novel for years growing up!” It made me realize just how cool it was to have the opportunity to portray this character onscreen — but also it’s a little bit of pressure. I was like, “Oh, great! A lot of people have a lot of expectations of how Bart is. At the very least, I’m going to do my damn research and give this Bart a chance.” And I did.

CGM: This Bart has some seriously warped Jesus issues.
JM:
He was basically raised by an evil person who based all of these almost sadistic beliefs on his version of the Bible — on Malcolm’s journal. It’s strange, because he’s such an intelligent character. He grows up and graduates from a wonderful college and inherits all this money. He’s articulate and he’s obviously smart. But Bart grew up in this very twisted family. He thought the remedy to all of the negativity was this extremist religious view — but it’s only based on one man’s crazy ideals.

CGM: Er, he’s not a very good brother either.
JM: The one battle that I had in playing Bart is that I believe Bart genuinely loves Jory. I do! I have an older brother so I was able to draw on some personal experience with this. There is always going to be a sense of jealously because, at least growing up, they’re the most immediate competition you have. I think it’s similar with Bart, but he takes it so much further because losing is simply not an option for him.

CGM: Did Bart follow you off the set when the film wrapped?
JM:
I’m definitely not going to say that I’m a method actor, but throughout the process of the film, I did notice myself, on occasion, feeling a little bit entitled, being a little bit short with people. You spend so long diving into a character that believes he’s the best at everything and deserves everything and is impatient and has zero respect or regard for anyone else, and I don’t think that you can go around all smiles and hugs and then jump into that and give it the authenticity that it deserves. Throughout the movie I spent quite a bit of time by myself because I didn’t want to accidentally slip up and be a dick — because Bart, in large part, is a dick!

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_12R0400_LE_2 This past year, Maslow appeared in Sequestered, which was a great deal of fun. “It was crazy trying to fit that in with the Dancing With the Stars schedule, but it was fun to work on a different project, and then I did two more films,” he said.
For Maslow, Dancing With the Stars was yet another fun experience. “It was different than everything I had done in my career. I got to learn a skill that otherwise I probably would have never partaken in. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of talented people. It also opened so many doors, in terms of audiences that didn’t know who I was before,” he said.

Through that experience on Dancing With the Stars, he was able to fulfill a young girl’s dream named Hannah, which was quite moving, especially since she invited him who her prom, but he made it up for her by bringing Hannah and her family to Los Angeles to watch the live dancing show. “That was really cool and an awesome opportunity to make somebody else’s day,” he said.

His new film, Seeds of Yesterday, will be coming out on April 12. “Filming that show was so much fun. It was a huge departure than the characters I played in television before. I am really excited to see it myself and what other people think about it and how they react,” he said.

Maslow’s known for his cover song videos on YouTube, which are quite popular with his fans. Most recently, he covered Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hanging Tree.” “That was fun. I tried to pick an unconventional song and I put my own twist to it. I will keep doing covers and in the near future, I will be releasing original music,” he said.

In addition to Seeds of Yesterday, he will have another movie coming out later in the year called Wild for the Night. “I am very excited about them, since they are both different roles than the ones that I played in the past,” he said. Aside from his acting endeavors, Maslow started his own production company and he will be recording new music. “It will be a great year,” he said. “I accomplished a lot of my own personal goals.”

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Our boy James is featured on the cover of Cliche’ Magazine‘s December/January 2015 Issue. In the issue you’ll find a great interview with James (along with some seriously handsome photos). You can read a snippit of the the article below:

When James Maslow first auditioned for the funny Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush back in 2007 when he was only 17 years old, he didn’t predict it would take off as quickly as it did. In fact, I didn’t either. I was a freshman in college by the time the show aired in 2009 (two years, four screen tests, and a couple pilots later) and when I caught wind of the new live-action television show, I was intrigued, as were millions of others—in fact, the official debut episode drew in more than 6.8 million viewers. The next thing I knew, Big Time Rush merchandise was everywhere, concerts were selling out left and right, and the band was playing in the middle of Times Square—a dream venue for every singer/songwriter… ever.

Not only did they have us play that concert in the rain, which made it feel like such an epic rock moment,” Maslow recalls when I ask him for his favorite BTR memory, “but they also had us broadcasted on every major screen in the area. It was our first show, and was a pretty cool way to kick off the band.

Although I might have just missed the Big Time Rush fandom phenomenon age bracket (had I only been a few years younger, I would have had posters of the group hanging on my bedroom walls), one thing was obvious: Maslow was special. Now 24 years old, with perfectly toned arms, covetable brown hair, and a dazzling, white-toothed smile, the singer/songwriter (and now movie actor) is adored by over 3 million Twitter fans and counting—a number that skyrocketed during his time on ABC’s hit dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars, earlier this year.

You can read the full interview with Cliche’ Magazine, here. You can also check out the digital issue by clicking here.

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.

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