On Friday (Nov. 15), CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” airs “Akanahe” (Hawaiian for “reluctant partners”), in which Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) teams up with Capt. Lou Grover (Chi McBride) to serve a warrant on computer hacker Ian Wright (Nick Jonas) in regards to a threat to national security.
Now, how could one of the cute-as-pie Jonas Brothers ever threaten the security of the nation? It’s all about the acting.
Nick Jonas took a few minutes to answer some Zap2it questions about his foray into TV drama:
Zap2it: How did this guest shot come about and what
made you want to do it?
Nick Jonas: I was approached by some of the producers
of the show, asking me if I’d be interested in this part. I’ve always been a fan of the show — the
story, the characters, everything about it — so I was honored to be asked, and
be able to play character that is different from myself. Acting has always been
a passion of mine, so any opportunity that allows me to do that is definitely
of interest to me.
you get along with the cast?
The entire cast is absolutely
amazing! Everyone on set was so
welcoming to me and we got along great!
something you want to pursue more?
Absolutely. It’s another creative outlet for me to express
myself. I’ve been blessed to have acting
opportunities in movies, television, as well as Broadway, and definitely want
to continue to do so.
have mad computer skills, or was it all acting and special effects?
I’m actually pretty good with
computers. I use computers when I’m
working on making and producing music, so I do know a thing or two! My experience using them in that context
definitely helped me get into this role as a computer hacker, even though I’ve never
hacked computers before [laughs].
could have another guest role on any TV show — past or present — what would
I loved working on “Hawaii Five-0,” so if they would have me back, that would be
great! It also doesn’t hurt that filming
takes place in Hawaii! I have lots of
shows I’d love to be a part of but some that come to mind are “American Horror Story,” “Homeland” and “Nashville.” I also love “House of Cards.” would love to be a part of that someday. Some past shows that I would have loved to
have a guest role on are “Lost,” “Breaking Bad” and “Freaks and Geeks.”
have time for any extracurricular activities in Hawaii?
There was some time between filming that I
definitely took advantage of being in Hawaii. My family actually came to visit, and my brothers and I performed at “Hawaii
Five-0’s” “Sunset on the Beach,” which was actually our first time performing in
Hawaii. We were there right after we completed our
summer tour, so it had been awhile since we were on vacation. It was nice to have a little bit of time to
relax after that and take in the mellow pace of Hawaii.
What are your favorite TV shows and why?
I really like scripted dramas.
My favorite show of all time would have to be “Lost”: I loved how the
writers and producers were able to weave the different storylines
together; and the acting in that show was incredible. I like show that
are along those lines. “Breaking Bad” is another incredible show — the
characters, the acting and the story — all of it is addicting to watch.
One of my favorite TV shows at the moment is “Homeland.” It’s just one
of those shows that you get sucked into.
What part of playing Ian Wright challenged or
even scared you the most?
Playing Ian Wright
was a fun challenge for me because I was able to explore a character that was so
different than any other roles I have previously played. Ian is, frankly, a psychotic computer hacker. Becoming this character was a challenge because it’s completely not who I am normally. But it was exciting to analyze and deliver a
new personality and mentality.
“Hawaii Five-0” airs at 9 p.m. ET Friday on CBS.