Nick Jonas Talks About Playing Gay
The Huffington Post | By Cavan Sieczkowski
Posted: 12/11/2014 11:25 am EST Updated: 12/12/2014 1:59 pm EST
Nick Jonas is proud to play a gay character on television and isn't afraid to do a sex scene, either.
On Wednesday night's finale of DirecTV's "Kingdom," it was revealed that Jonas' character, MMA fighter Nate Kulina, is gay. The 22-year-old former Disney Channel star sees the role as part of a new chapter in his life. He opened up about playing a gay man during an interview with Buzzfeed, saying his religious family was "proud" of him for landing the gig.
“I’ve really been trying to make an effort to talk with my gay fan base and find unique opportunities to set up the next chapter of my life and my career with them in it,” Jonas told Buzzfeed. “The attitude I take in the stories I want to share and my personal life and my view is that I think we’re in a time where there’s a new progression. For all people of all walks of life to accept all people … I’d be thrilled if I’m any part of that.”
Jonas, whose father is an ordained minister and who used to wear a purity ring as a symbol of his then-virginity, is also open to filming a gay love scene if the story calls for it.
"I’m absolutely willing to go anywhere the story needs to go," he said, adding: “I have trust in [showrunner Byron Balasco] and the writing team to tell these stories in a really honest and grounded way and it’s my responsibility as an actor to be that person and tell those stories the best I can. So, absolutely I will do all I need to do.”
The signer, who has been dating former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo for almost two years, certainly isn't shy about showing his body these days. Along with a sexy spread for Flaunt magazine, he has been flashing his abs at gay bars around New York City.
"Kingdom" was picked up for 20 more episodes in October, Deadline.com reported.