A Chat with Big Time Rush

The Nickelodeon stars talk to TFK about their hit TV series and new album

Jun 28, 2013 | By TFK Kid Reporter Zachary J. Lewis
Stephanie Kraus for TIME For Kids

TFK Kid Reporter Zachary Lewis (center) poses with Big Time Rush members (from left) Carlos Pena, James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Kendall Schmidt.

The stars of the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush are headed for the big time. As season 4 of the series wraps up, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena Jr., Logan Henderson, and James Maslow are turning their attention offscreen. On June 11, the actors, who also have a band, released a new album, 24/Seven. From now until August 11, fans can hear the new music on the group’s Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice.

Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan, whose characters on the show share their first names, came together after a two-year audition process that began in 2007. The boys were cast as a fictional boy band making its way in Hollywood. Like their fictional counterparts, the members of Big Time Rush are successful musicians who write much of their own music.  

TFK Kid Reporter Zachary Lewis recently sat down with the band members to talk about the latest season of their show and their summer tour. For interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits, read on. 

TFK:

Your new album 24/Seven debuts today. Are you excited about that? How do you think fans will react?

KENDALL:

We’re very excited. I think we’re kind of shocked that it’s the third album. We worked really hard on it. It’s pretty much penned exclusively by us, so I think the fans are going to love it. It’s doing really well today.

JAMES:

It’s numero uno, if you will.

Big Time Rush released their third album, 24/Seven, on June 11.
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Big Time Rush released their third album, 24/Seven, on June 11.

TFK:

How did you guys get your start on Nickelodeon?

CARLOS:

We actually all auditioned for the show and the band. It was a two-year audition process. Logan came first with James, and then I came along. We shot a pilot without Kendall and realized that we needed a Kendall.

KENDALL:

Everybody needs a Kendall.

TFK:

Where does your inspiration for songwriting come from?

JAMES:

A lot of it comes from the fans because they tell us what they want to hear and what they’re going through in life. We kind of combine that with what we’re going through in life and somehow create albums like this.

TFK:

What does a normal day look like for you guys?

JAMES:

We’re looking at mostly sunny, a little bit of clouds, rain in the afternoon.

KENDALL:

The [high] temperature will be 85 degrees, a low of 57.

JAMES:

But in terms of our schedule, it’s crazy.  When we’re filming, it usually starts at 6 a.m. It ends anywhere from 6 p.m. to midnight. We have some pretty long days on set. If we’re touring, everyday we wake up in a different city, go to the gym, do some meet-and-greets and then play a show.

KENDALL:

Also, [there are] three meals spaced out in there somewhere and also some water breaks.

TFK:

What are some things viewers can look forward to in the rest of season 4?

CARLOS:

I directed “Big Time Tour Bus,” which aired not too long ago, and I’m super excited about that. The rest of the season is huge. The finale is ginormous. It just keeps getting bigger, bigger, and better.

TFK:

So you don’t know if there’s going to be another season or not yet?

JAMES:

We don’t officially know, one way or the other.

TFK:

What do you guys like to do for fun when you’re not filming or touring?

LOGAN:

We’re big moviegoers. I know that much.

KENDALL:

Some athletic activities like snowboarding.

JAMES:

We tend to go on vacations together.

TFK:

Do you guys ever get sick of each other?

LOGAN:

All the time.

KENDALL:

Everyday.

LOGAN:

In the best way possible. It’s like brotherly love. That’s the best way to explain it. You’re like, “I hate you, but . . .”

JAMES:

Then you love each other.

CARLOS:

“I hate you! Call me later.”

The boys perform on the set of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush.
Nickelodeon
The boys perform on the set of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush.

TFK:

In the music video for the single “Like Nobody’s Around,” the group dresses up as bands from the past. Was that a fun video to film?’

KENDALL:

Very fun, very fun. The only hard part was doing the fittings for the outfits. Everything had to be tailored so it took a few days to do that. It took two weeks of filming.

LOGAN:

So, in many ways, we love that video and we hate that video.

TFK:

Are there any ways your show is similar to how you live in real life?

JAMES:

The creator Scott Fellows and the writers sometimes draw from our real-life experiences.

KENDALL:

For instance, we went to a party thrown by Hot Chelle Rae. We had just stopped somewhere in Kentucky and bought about $500 worth of fireworks. We asked if we could shoot off some fireworks. They said yes. So we shoot them off, and everyone’s watching, including Taylor Swift. She almost got demolished by fireworks. So the creator of our show ended up writing it into the show.

LOGAN:

Sorry, Taylor!

CARLOS:

She probably has no idea who we are.

TFK:

How does it feel to have a hit show and popular music?

KENDALL:

It takes a lot of work and a lot of support from the fans.

JAMES:

It feels like the first day of summer. After a year of hard work in school, it finally pays off. You got straight As, and all of a sudden, boom, it’s summer, and you get to have fun and celebrate.