James Maslow – The Next Big Time Crush

By Kim Cooper

Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush has skyrocketed James Maslow to the top of the 2010 crush list.  His fans are instantly smitten, and it’s no wonder. Deemed the next Zac Efron, James is one of the most humble and beyond-his-age, up and coming actors of today.  Vervegirl’s partner publication, B-ZONE, had a chance to talk to James about his growing stardom.

VG: Do you like being called the next Zac Efron?
JM: I take it as a compliment. I haven’t met Zac yet, but I’ve never heard a bad thing about him. I’m flattered that people say this about me.  I only hope that I can continue my career path of acting and singing, like Zac has done. 

VG: So you’ve been singing since you were young?
JM: Yes, I’ve been singing since I was six years old.  I thought I was going to a baseball practice when my Mom dropped me off at choir practice instead!  But after a few weeks, I fell in love with it.  It’s actually thanks to my Mom and Dad that I explored the arts.  Joining choir changed my life so I’m grateful to my Mom for this, and my Dad has always supported me and allowed me to make my own decisions about sports and activities I want to try.

VG: Do you think the arts are important for youth?
JM: Definitely.  It’s one of the most important things.  If you don’t find your artistic side when you’re young, unfortunately it’s almost discouraged by society when you’re older.  Having a creative outlet is a great way to express yourself.  As you grow older, especially as an adult, you become more reserved.  So why not explore your creative side when you’re young?  Try dancing or painting or you may have another unique creative talent.  I was lucky because I also played sports when I was growing up so I was friends with everyone, even though cliques did exist.  I found the Arts kids always seem happier because they express how they feel. 

The boys of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush – James on the far left

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Find the full interview with James in the May issue of B-ZONE.

Stay updated with James on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jamesmaslow.