Jonas Brothers move from stage to screen
By Rick Bentley
LOS ANGELES — The Jonas Brothers can’t make a move without adoring fans showering them with admiration. The three singing siblings adore each and every squealing supporter. But they really only care about making one person truly happy: their mother.
They want to make her proud of them.
“That’s what we’ve been saying from the beginning. Live like you’re at the bottom even if you’re at the top. For us that just means stay humble and do your best every day. We’re not saying we’re perfect. Nobody’s perfect. But we’re doing our best,” Nick Jonas says during an interview in late January at the Universal Hilton.
Nick and his brothers have shown up to talk about their new television series, “Jonas,” scheduled to debut on the Disney Channel in May. The cable series is sort of like “The Monkees” meets “Saved By the Bell.” Along with the new TV show, the trio chat about their new concert movie, their move into acting and the price of fame.
Their mother must be very proud. It has been hard to turn on the television lately without seeing the Jonas Brothers. They performed at the Children’s Inauguration Concert in January. Then it was a quick trip to the Grammys in early February to croon with Stevie Wonder. Also in early February, the brothers hosted a night on The CW Network.
Even Barbara Walters tapped the brothers to be a guest on her Oscars interview show Feb. 22.
Now, they are headed to the big screen. “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” hits theaters today. Special guests include Disney favorite Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift.
The Jonas Brothers appeared last year in the Miley Cyrus 3-D movie “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.” The offer to star in their own concert film influenced their last tour.
“I think we had some real ideas while we were creating our stage and our tour of what we wanted to see. We were able to see the first one in 3-D and saw what certain things looked like,” Nick says. “The cool part about it is it’s better than front-row seats because you feel like you’re on the stage.
“You feel like you’re behind the scenes with us. It gets some really personal things in there, too. There’s this one scene in particular where it captures all the things that we went through in Times Square in New York City on our album release night, which was one of the craziest scenes.”
The feature film is just the latest step for the Joe, Nick and Kevin, who are the hottest musical brothers since the heyday of Hanson in the 1990s. As far as Joe is concerned, the attention they are getting starts with the music.
“I think, for us, we write about things that are real to us and the things we go through every day. We’re the same age as a lot of the people that listen to our music. They’re going through the same things,” Joe says. “We get a lot of feedback from fans saying just thank you for encouragement. Or they understand what we’re going through. They’re going through the same kind of things.”