Nick Jonas is blessed. It’s a word he uses a lot, but it’s hard to dispute the sacred sentiment from the 19-year-old Jonas Brothers heartthrob and frontman of the band Nick Jonas and the Administration. Beginning January 24, the former Disney star continues to nurture his musical theater roots in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, succeeding Glee’s Darren Criss as corporate ladder-climber J. Pierrepont Finch, the role Daniel Radcliffe originated in the hit revival. In his first gay press interview, Jonas gets down to the business of sharing his blessings with stylish LGBT fans.
The Advocate: You’re the youngest celebrity I’ve ever interviewed.
Nick Jonas: Oh, really?
You might also be the smartest, so I won’t go easy on you.
Sounds good to me.
Girls go wild for the Jonas Brothers, but are you also aware of your gay male following?
Yeah, we love our gay fans. It was definitely cool when we realized that, because the more you can grow your audience, the more people you can impact. They’ve been incredible over the years. My brothers and I totally look forward to meeting them, because they really respond to our style, and it’s cool to see how our influence has impacted what they’re wearing. They also give really good gifts at our meet-and-greets — hats, scarves, and other things. They always have good taste.
Do any gay people help you look so dapper?
Definitely. We work with a lot of gay people as part of our team, and they’re amazing. We’re blessed to have them.
Are there gays in your circle of friends?
Obviously, doing musical theater, I’ve had a lot of gay friends over the years. Les Misérables in London in 2010 was my first reentry back into theater, and my gay castmates in particular were really helpful to me during that transition. I’ve kept in touch with all of them, and it’s great when I can go back and see them, get some food together, talk, and have a good laugh.
Perez Hilton is also a good gay friend to have.
Yes, Perez is an amazing guy. He’s been a big supporter of my brothers and me, and he’s been an amazing support as I’ve transitioned back into theater. I loved that he came out to see Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, and I know he’s going to come see How to Succeed. I’m blessed to have him as a friend as well.
Did you make gay friends during your Broadway debut at the age of 8 in Annie Get Your Gun?
Yeah, my first exposure to Broadway was probably my first exposure to gay people, and it was great. It was exciting to be around likeminded people who were also passionate about music and performing.
Did anyone explain to you that some boys like boys and some girls like girls?
I don’t think that conversation needed to be had. I was totally aware, I understood what it meant, and I was totally fine with it. It didn’t confuse me, because I knew it was all about love. I was raised in a really open home where the policy was love.
Yet it was an evangelical Christian home, and your father was a preacher.
My upbringing was faith-based, but we believed you should love all others as you want to be loved, because everyone should be treated equally. That’s helped me have an understanding of people on different journeys and in different walks of life. At the end of the day, we’re all the same, because we all want to be loved. As long as love as the key, we’re in good shape.
When a number of LGBT blogs posted pictures of you hugging antigay Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren in 2010, some readers wondered if you might share his beliefs on issues like gay marriage.
My friends are my friends, and people that I’m acquainted with don’t necessarily share the same opinions as I do, and that’s how I’ll put that. My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that’s the position I take.