Over the past few years, ex-Jonas Brothers lead, Nick Jonas, has transformed from a Disney child star, to boy-band icon, to teen idol, to solo artist, and finally has cemented himself into the world of acting. With such a rapidly blooming career, it is hard to believe that someone could have mastered each facet within the entertainment industry. But with his emergence in a slew of delightfully good supporting roles, he has successfully made a name for himself as a serious actor.
Seeing as though his birthday is today, and with the release of his two latest roles in Midway and Jumanji: The Next Level coming at the end of this year, we thought we would help him celebrate by lighting a candle to the successes of his acting career that some of you may not have had the chance to appreciate yet!
Nate Kulina (Nick Jonas) in Kingdom (2014 - 2017)
Nick Jonas’ took on the role of Nate Kulina in Kingdom, the son of the owner of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym who struggles to keep the gym afloat. Playing a homosexual MMA fighter really showed off his chops in playing a much more complex and dramatic role, peeling back some of the layers of his preconceptions as an actor. He shared, in an interview with Vanity Fair, that “Kingdom was the first project [where] I was really able to break the bias about me and show my acting abilities.”
As he moved on to other scripts, Jonas was able to flex his more comedic muscle in the comedy-horror series, Scream Queens (2015-2016). He plays Boone Clemens, a preppy member of the Dickie Dollar Scholars fraternity, and is ultimately revealed to be a member of the murderous group of “Red Devils” before meeting his untimely (and gruesome) demise. Though this role may be less serious than that of his in Kingdom, that didn’t stop him from drawing parallels between the two characters. Playing another gay character in the Fox series, he expressed that he has been “honored to get to play some really strong gay characters [ . . . ] and whatever I can do for the community is just a blessing to me."
Brett (Nick Jonas) in Goat (2016)
Once he had his feet firmly planted in the world of television, he promptly shifted his focus to bigger roles. His attention was grabbed by the script of Goat, a James Franco-produced coming-of-age movie where he plays a fraternity member whose hazing rituals become fatal in one of his first serious supporting roles. “I was blown away by the story, and I was thrilled to be cast in this and to go on this journey” he shared with Vanity Fair. “I knew it was a role that would challenge me and help me grow. Thankfully, they cast me in it.” After Franco reviewed Jonas’ audition, he felt compelled to cast him in the movie, knowing that as an up-and-coming actor trying to prove himself, he would completely immerse himself into the role—and he delivered. His role in Goat earned him a newfound respect in the industry, but he still felt that he had a lot to prove as a versatile actor.
Looking ahead, Jonas had already booked his next part in the 2017 reboot of the classic movie, Jumanji (1995), alongside Hollywood icons Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jonas played Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, an avatar of a kid (actually named Alex) who became trapped within the game—similar to Robin Williams’ character in the original movie. The movie was an exhilarating rendition of the nostalgic movie we remember fondly, and Nick Jonas did a wonderful job bringing this character to life. But his part in Jumanji doesn’t end with this title!
Franklin Finbar (Kevin Hart) and Jefferson McDonough (Nick Jonas) in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
It has been confirmed that Jonas will be reprising his role in Jumanji: The Next Level, coming to Regal at the end of this year! As the core cast of characters return to the wild unknown of Jumanji, we are eager to see how Jonas will bring back his character from the real world. And Jumanji isn’t the only movie we can expect to see him in this holiday season as he takes up the more serious role of Bruno Gaido, the mustachioed Naval pilot in Roland Emmerich’s historical triumph, Midway, which tells the story of the pivotal Naval battle during WWII.
If you’re like us and can’t get enough Nick Jonas, keep your eyes peeled for tickets going on sale for the upcoming titles Midway and Jumanji: The Next Level, coming to Regal November 8th and December 13th, respectively.
A very Happy Birthday to the extremely talented and mulit-faceted Nick Jonas!