Big Time Rush star James Maslow welcomed Parade to his Dancing With the Stars rehearsal in Los Angeles where he gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like competing on the hit competition show, his friendship with partner Peta Murgatroyd, an update on BTR, and more!
Walk us through your weekly DWTS schedule.
“We’ll get our style usually after the show on Monday, so they’ll say ‘Hey, you’re doing jazz.’ Peta gets the song at 1 a.m. in the morning and starts choreographing, so her job is tough, because she has to come in with some ideas on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, we’re trying to figure out what the choreography is. And then we have Friday and Saturday to perfect it and make it better, and then Sunday you run it with camera blocking, and then Monday is the show. It’s actually very quick; you only have three or four days to learn a brand new dance!”
What’s your process like for learning new routines?
“I try to get through all the big chunks as quickly as possible. I’d rather have a really sloppy dance that I kind of get from A to Z…and then go back and refine it. Peta’s really cool and we get each other well, so if something just doesn’t work well with my body, we kind of change it.”
Do you and Peta have a ritual before you perform every Monday?
“The only thing we really do right before we go on stage, is say ‘have fun.’ As a performer, one of the things I’ve learned from being on stage and being in front of cameras is when you have fun, the audience has fun. So I think we both try to take that same ideal into our dance.”
You and Peta have such great chemistry. Do you two hang out outside of rehearsals?
“I’m lucky because we get along very well as friends too. Once we have a routine down and we finish our work, we’ll go out and get a bite to eat. We have some mutual friends we hang out with — but we have to separate it, when we’re hanging out we aren’t talking about work. And when we come in and dance, that’s what we do.”
If you had to give Peta and yourself superlatives, like Class Clown or Biggest Flirt, what would they be?
“It’d probably be ‘Most Likely to be Distracted,’ because as much as we do focus and work, we do have so much fun together and we’ll get on a tangent about something else and before you know it, we’ve wasted two hours of rehearsal!
You can check out the rest of Parade’s interview with James HERE.