Monday, December 2, 2013
10 things we learned from Joe Jonas’ tell-all
From Disney to drugs: The first time he smoked weed was when he was 17, and he did it with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus.
On Sunday, Vulture published a first-person account from Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, in which he goes into some detail about the band’s rise to fame and what the last few years have looked like for him. And while some of it is not all that surprising, it’s interesting to see him being open about several subjects we’ve never seen the Jonases talk about. Joe talks about what it meant to be a Disney star, his early desire to be a punk rocker, purity rings and more.
Here are 10 interesting things we learned about Joe from this story.
Disney’s boy band, from J3 to Jonas Brothers. The Jonas Brothers was originally called J3 and that didn’t last long, mainly because the brothers thought it sounded too stereotypical for a boy band. Their first song with Disney was “Year 3000″ which they really didn’t want to do because it was a cover. But it was then that everything exploded and their fan base grew.
Dallas traffic, a glimpse of fame. Their 2007 show at the State Fair of Texas was a turning point. There, they played for 40,000 people and traffic was so bad (Dallas traffic, am I right?) that they needed a helicopter.
Sex life of the rich and famous. Joe lost his virginity at age 20, and he says now that he is glad he waited for the right person. He started dating inside the entertainment business which was easier (because of scheduling), and more exciting. He says he wouldn’t disparage anyone he has been with for publicly, only tease it in his music a bit but not expose the person in a song to sell records. Ouch, Taylor Swift dig? Maybe. Joe also reveals that he dated a lot, and even hooked up with another Disney-associated actor in her car, and they were both terrified of being found out.
Doobies with Hannah Montana, y’all. The first time he smoked weed was when he was 17, and he did it with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. They kept saying “try it, try it,” so he did and thought it was all right. Back when he was 16 or 17, he got caught drinking and thought the world might end; now he appreciates wine or a vodka/soda at the end of the day.
Silly rabbit, Disney is for kids. They got a boost by playing themselves as Hannah Montana’s favorite band on Cyrus’ show. That was, says Joe, “The first major love shown by Disney.” After that they were given their own show, "Jonas," and had to put up with bad writing and humor only 10-year-olds would find funny. He even had to shave every day because he was 20 years old at the time playing a younger character, and in Disney’s world 16-year-olds don’t have beards.
Say this, not that. They suffered the pressure of being the perfect role models, especially after scandals from other Disney stars arose. They were made to take media training to fend off reporters and “play dumb to get out of anything.” As part of their training, each of them responded to questions on different subjects. Youngest brother Nick would answer serious questions, oldest brother Kevin would take on the lighthearted, and if the question was in regards to music and songs both Nick and Joe would answer.
Too pooped to party. Thanks to Disney, the Jonas Brothers were more famous that they thought they could ever be. It came to a point where they would get to their hotel rooms and there would be people hiding in their rooms. The crowds were so huge (100,000 in Spain for example) that it felt like a zombie apocalypse. Fame got so overwhelming that instead of partying and having fun, Joe just wanted to lie in bed while on tour.
Sugar-coated promise rings. Disney, their religious upbringing and their age made them sugarcoat many things in their career; even songs that suggested something like “I’m alone in a room with you” had to be changed because of their audience. Their promise rings (also known as purity rings, worn by those who pledge to wait until marriage to have sex) were a subject that dominated their news coverage, but Joe says wearing the rings was something they did long before Disney, when they were 10 or 11.
Demi’s defender. Joe dated Dallas’ Lovato for about a month and while they were friends he got to see her struggle with things like drug abuse. “I wasn’t happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her, because she needed help.” He wasn’t able to express any of that because he had a brand to protect.
A Justin Timberlake clone. Joe had ideas for his first solo project, it was to be a Hall & Oates-Freddie Mercury melange, but the record label did not approve. (I wonder why.) They wanted Disney hit-makers to get involved and he ended up releasing Fastlife as his first album. He said he felt “badass” because it had a track with Lil Wayne on which he said a swear word, but he also felt that the parental-advisory label would alienate his middle-America fans. All in all, the label wanted him to be “the new Justin Timberlake,” and when that didn’t happen it was back to being the Jonas Brothers.
You can read the rest of the lengthy story here.