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Kidsday interviews singer Nick Jonas

Singer Nick Jonas with Kidsday reporters, from left,

Singer Nick Jonas with Kidsday reporters, from left, Jordan Carey, Corianna Jackson, James Miller and Mitzy Jimenez at the Viacom offices in Manhattan Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We met singer Nick Jonas when he was in Manhattan recently. Not only did we talk to him, we got to see him perform a few songs for us.

Who is your favorite guitar hero?

That’s a tough one. I’m a big Beatles fan and so, George Harrison, Paul and John are all kind of big ones for me growing up. Elvis Costello was another I really loved.

Will you be doing another Broadway show?

I think if the right role comes up, I’d love to get back into the theater. It would be a fun project.

Are you really passionate about your music?

I very passionate about my music. I love recording, I love touring. This year my main focus is writing and producing for other artists.

How was it working on TV with your brothers?

It was really fun working with my brothers on TV. We always have a good time with any project that we do. We always find the time to get a good laugh in there as well.

At what age did you learn that you had diabetes?

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 13. It was a tough thing to walk through, but it’s all good. It shapes who you are as a person.

When did you decide to teach kids to be healthy?

I think it’s an important thing for everyone. It’s a message that we should all be aware of and if we want to live a long and beautiful life we go to be healthy and stay strong.

Is it hard to manage your diabetes with your hectic schedule?

I think it’s all about keeping a good grip on it and making sure you’re aware what your body does when it has high blood sugar or low blood sugar. I have a good grip on it and am thankful to have the time to learn about it.

Is it hard to be famous and still keep your feet on the ground?

I think as long as you have good people around you, you can do what you love, be passionate about the things you’re passionate about and still keep a good head on your shoulders.

What do you like best: music or acting?

I think they’re both so different that it’s really hard to choose one or the other. If I’m able to combine the two musical theater is one of those things that’s both acting and singing. It’s really fun.

Do you plan on going to college?

I thought about it a bit. I’m really doing the things that I would like to be doing in my life. On the professional side and personal side, I don’t know if it would work out. But I did think about it for awhile.

Do you like being recognized on the street, or do you like your privacy?

I think it all depends on where I am and what I’m doing. I love meeting fans and people who listen to my music and appreciate it. But I think it’s also important sometimes to have quiet moments and enjoy that time as well.

Did you watch Chelsea Kane star on “Dancing with the Stars”?

Yeah, I did watch Chelsea when she was on “Dancing with the Stars.” I think she did an amazing job. She’s really talented, and I was very proud to see her go so far.

How many instruments do you play, and can you name them?

I play drums, piano and guitar. Those are my main instruments. I always have fun playing those. It’s a good thing to be able to play an instrument. Keeps your mind open to lots of things. It’s fun.


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