INTERVIEW: James Maslow on His Role in the Movie ‘Wolf Hound’

Photographed by Joshua Schultz

James Maslow is best known as James Diamond on the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, and part of the band with the same name. Recently James has branched out on his own and fans can listen to his new single, “All Day” featuring Dominique. While James plans on doing another album down the road, for now, James will continue to release a few new singles. We cannot wait! We can’t get “All Day” out of our heads. Read on to find out what’s next for James, his upcoming roles, and how he stays so fit and healthy.

GLITTER: How would you describe your sound? 

JAMES: Pop music with soulful influence.

GLITTER: What can you tell us about your new single featuring Dominique, “All Day?”

JAMES: It’s damn fun. This is one of the first songs I’ve done where all my friends, family and team have agreed it just works. It’s relatable, I love singing it live…it’s a good start to what I’ll continue to release.

GLITTER: We know that you write some of your own music, but do you have a favorite song that you’ve written in the past? If so, what song and why is it your favorite?

JAMES: Favorite song is tough…maybe “Who Knows” off my album, How I Like It.

GLITTER: Are there plans for a full-length album in the works?

JAMES: I think I’ll keep releasing singles for a while but I’d love to do another album down the line!

GLITTER: Can you play any instruments?

JAMES: I play piano and a bit of guitar. I’ll usually play both for a couple songs when I do a full show. Might even through some drums in there soon. 😉

GLITTER: Did you always want to be an actor?

JAMES: I’ve always loved both music and acting. I’m on set in Mexico City right now filming a new movie (called My Boyfriend’s Meds) and getting to chat about my music with you right now. I really like having the balance of both. 

GLITTER: What can you tell us about your upcoming role on Wolf Hound? Who do you play and what is the movie about?

JAMES: I’m extremely excited about Wolf Hound. I play a pilot in WWII who gets shot down by Nazi’s. The rest of my team gets kidnapped and it’s up to me to find them and rescue them. I love watching action movies and I can’t wait to make one!

GLITTER: In one interview, you say that your role in Wolf Hound is similar to something your grandfather went through in World War II, were you able to talk to your grandfather about his time in the war to really get into the character more?  

JAMES: I wish I could. My grandpa Bob passed years ago but I hope to make him proud with what we create.

GLITTER: If you had to choose between being a full-time actor or a singer, which would you choose, and why?

JAMES: Such a tough question. I have more control over music as I can create just about everything by myself and there’s a pride in that…but seeing a TV or film project come together thanks to the culmination of hundreds of people’s work is also beautiful. I choose both for now. 

GLITTER: Can you tell us more about your passion for health and fitness, tips to stay in shape along with your daily routine?

JAMES: It’s partially a stress relief. Not sure how other people endure the stress of work and life without a physical release. But it’s also because I need to be in shape to do these action movies and healthy enough to endure long tours. I try and get a sweat in every day. 

GLITTER: What new projects can we expect to see you working on?

JAMES: If you didn’t catch it, my film Room For Murder just premiered on Lifetime. This movie I’m filming now is a comedy with Jaime Camil, Brooke Shields, Brian Bumgartner and many awesome actors and will hopefully be out next year along with Wolf Hound. And expect some remixes of “All Day,” and a lot more music as well! Hopefully some touring top of 2019 too  

GLITTER: Favorite places to travel?

JAMES: I love Hawaii. So relaxing. As well as NYC-not exactly relaxing but the energy there is amazing and contagious. 

GLITTER: One highlight of your career so far?

JAMES: Seeing the Deadline release of Wolf Hound the other week, basically telling the world that I’m leading an action film was pretty epic. I’d like to see a lot more of those. And I’ll work my ass off to make sure I do.

GLITTER: What’s your definition of self-love?

JAMES: Taking enough time for one’s self to stay healthy and happy. This can be harder than you think when you work nonstop, but as l get older, I’m learning how important it is to enjoy the benefits of that hard work. Take small vacations to relax, or even make sure to have a night out once in a while to stay sane. 

GLITTER: Who’s on your top 5 Spotify playlist?

JAMES: Bruno Mars, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Rufus

du sol, and Jon Bellion. 

GLITTER: How can fans follow you?

JAMES: @jamesmaslow everywhere & jamesmaslow.com – check it for some new merch soon.