Nick Jonas has signed on to play a bratty rock star on the ABC series Mr. Sunshine, but the singer ensures fans that his character will not imitate his true self.
“This is very different from who I am,” he says. “I think people have been given an idea of our different personal lives at this point, so I felt like [I can play] a bit of a jerk,” Jonas says of the role of rock star Eli White.
The baby Jonas brother, age, 18, goes on to say that it wasn’t too hard to find inspiration for the role. “After about six years in this business, you meet people along the way who can give you some inspiration for this. I won’t name any names, but it was found pretty easily,” he says.
And as far as his fellow cast members, Jonas names one in particular that he was thrilled to work with: Matthew Perry, who offered him the role personally. “I’m on my way to a venue and get a call from Matthew Perry [who] asked if I wanted to be a part of [the show],” he says. “I walked back into the bus and went, ‘Matthew Perry.’ [My brothers] were like, ‘What happened to Matthew Perry?’ They thought he died, and I was like, ‘No, much better than that. He asked me to do the show.’ They were all very excited.”
And what does Jonas think was the best part about playing Eli? His ultimate redemption. “People can be jerks sometimes, but it’s really because they’re hiding something.”
Mr. Sunshine airs Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.