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Nick Jonas: 'Family help me feel accepted'

Published 25/01/2016

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas thought a lot about the relationship he shares with his brothers while filming movie Goat.

Nick Jonas' approach to manhood has been heavily influenced by his parents, especially the way they treat each other.

The handsome 23-year-old had embraced life as a solo artist since his sibling band the Jonas Brothers went their separate ways in 2013. He's released music, including hit singles Jealous and Levels, as well as dedicating more time to acting.

While many celebrities who grew up in the spotlight struggle with their fame, Nick has been lucky enough to have a strong family unit supporting him along the way, especially his parents Denise and Paul.

"I feel really fortunate to come from a home that was always supportive and stemming from creativity, integrity and building character," he told People. "I feel like your view of your father is super important, and your mother, and the way they are with each other.

"There are a lot of things that influence the way you see the world as you approach your manhood. I would say that, at the core, that feeling of being accepted is there and those insecurities being put to rest is what keeps it healthy."

One acting role in particular which has seen him shake his squeaky clean image is fighter Nate Kulina in TV show Kingdom, which required him to bulk up his muscles. This too has helped inform his idea of manhood, as he feels it really touches upon masculinity with its intense storylines.

But it's his stint in upcoming movie Goat which has got everybody talking at the moment. In the flick Nick plays college student Brett, who struggles with his fraternity after witnessing his younger brother suffer a nasty pledging process. It made him think a lot about his own relationship with siblings Kevin, Joe and Frankie.

“I would say I’m very close with my brothers now, especially my brother Joe,” Nick told Deadline. “Actually, that relationship was a big part of the relationship that I had in the back of my head (while filming Goat). After the film was done, I had a lot of perspective to bring to that relationship that I didn’t have before.”

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