Nick Jonas opens up about his role in the anti-hazing drama, ‘Goat,’ and also speaks about his life after Jonas Brothers and how his relationship with his siblings Joe and Kevin has changed in the years since they split as a band.
It’s been nearly three years since the now 23-year-old Nick Jonas and his brothers ceased to be the teen idols that they once were. A long time since that announcement and interview on GMA which saw the three of them speak of how they envisioned their future separate creative lives.
Now much has come to fruition for Nick Jonas. While furthering his career as a solo music artist and racking up hig singles including ‘Levels’ and ‘Area Code,’ he’s also branched out as an actor, notably with his critically acclaimed portrayal of MMA fighter Nate Kulin in the TV drama ‘Kingdom.’
And now the drama ‘Goat,’ based on the memoir by Brad Land, and directed by Andrew Neel. It had its world premiere at Sundance and its an unsparing look at the kinds of intense bullying, degradation and, frankly, violence, that comes under the umbrella category of “hazing.” It sees Nick Jonas in what is very mature role, to put it delicately, engaging in behavior that’s quite at variance with his former Disney child star, turned teen idol persona.
In an interview with The Daily Beast opened up tackling such a role and said, “I think that growth is super important in any creative platform and in life in general, and in the TV show I’m doing a lot of drugs and I’m having a lot of sex…so it wasn’t foreign to me.”
He went on to say, “And I’ve had sex and drank a lot [in real life], so there are parts of this film that are perfectly real in some sense.”
Continuing, he added, “But it’s important to take your fans on a journey. And it’s the responsibility of any artist to say, ‘This is what I’m connected to, this is what inspires me, and hopefully you can ask the same questions I’ve asked of myself.’”
The premiere of ‘Goat’ was the very same weekend of Winter Storm Jonas which saw much of the South and the Eastern Seaboard caught up in a blizzard that left record snowfall. A name which, of course, was not unnoticed on social media where #JonasBlizzard and countless memes proliferated.
He said of Mother Nature’s publicity boost, “It’s kind of ironic. The whole thing is bizarre, that while we’re here for a media-heavy couple of days that’s happening.” He went on to say, “It’s funny, but I hope everyone’s safe. That’s the main thing. But we can have a laugh. [Joe and Kevin] did some funny Instagram posts, I stuck with the Twitter—keep it simple.”
He also opened up about what the transition has been like for him, after years of being alongside his brothers, Kevin and Joe in the days that they were the teen idols known as the Jonas Brothers, traveling the world and mesmerizing their screaming fans.
He said, “Mine’s adapted quite a bit” and elaborated, saying, “I mean, having gone from working with my brothers every day for years to not—and me being the one to initiate that conversation, of closing that chapter—was very hard. We had to relearn how to be a family, which is kind of a big thing.”
He also revealed how family dynamics had shaped his portrayal of the character. “I would say I’m very close with my brothers now, especially my brother Joe…Actually, that relationship was a big part of the relationship that I had in the back of my head [while filming Goat]. After the film was done, I had a lot of perspective to bring to that relationship that I didn’t have before.”
He echoed comments he made in an interview with People magazine as he opened up about his evolving relationship with his brother, Joe, saying, “Our journey has been from working together, to not, and trying to redefine the dynamic as a family first.” Continuing, he added, “Now we’re closer than we’ve ever been, so it’s a good thing. We’re able to just be brothers. There’s a real support there.”
And in the meantime, the movie,’Goat’ has overall received favorable reviews from critics even as it’s heralded as a much-needed expose on hazing and fraternities and campuses that continue to tolerate it. Nick Jonas’ performance in particular is being singled out. Perhaps down the line there might even be Oscar buzz.