In this week’s issue of PARADE, Kendall Schmidt, 21, James Maslow, 22, Carlos Pena, Jr., 22, and Logan Henderson, 22— otherwise known as the exuberant foursome of Big Time Rush— took a break from their tour to chat with Connie Schultz about how their music is changing, balancing their personal lives, who influenced them growing up, and why their fans mean so much to them.
See the full interview in this weekend’s issue of PARADE and read on for some extra highlights from the interview.
On keeping their dating lives private.
James: “I like to share my life with my fans because I know that’s what they want. But when it comes to my personal life and family relationships, I don’t feel the need to convey every detail of that. We need some privacy. [Talking about it] can ruin a relationship.”
Logan: “If it’s not good for both people’s lives, then you just don’t usually talk about it. The other day someone asked me about my last breakup and I didn’t say who it was, but I was like, ‘Yeah, I broke up with my girlfriend, like, a year and a half ago.’ And I was surprised because I expected her to ask, ‘And who was that?’ And she didn’t. I was like, that’s good.”
Carlos: “I hate to use the word famous because I just don’t like that word, but the more famous you get, the more impossible [keeping things private] becomes. We’ve actually been really lucky to stay under the radar. It hasn’t been really, really crazy for us.”
On their school experiences and inspirations:
James: “I’ve had some amazing teachers who influenced my life in positive ways, and I’m grateful for them. But one of the most powerful motivations I’ve had was a specific teacher who basically told me I would never make it. I was always competitive and wanted to be the lead in the show we were doing, and she wanted someone else to do it. She came to me at one point and was like, ‘Why do you want to do this? You’re never going to be the lead in anything.’ I just smiled at her and kind of plopped back, but it was a fire that burned inside. It made me realize it’s often the people who tell you you can’t do something who motivate you to do it bigger and better.”
Carlos: “I had one drama teacher who was amazing, Ms. Perkins. She really tried to inspire me and get me going. But the real [inspirations] were my parents, who came from the Dominican Republic, got married, moved to Missouri, went to college, started a preschool, and kind of built a life from nothing and became very successful. Growing up with my dad, whenever I wanted to try something, he would let me try it but he wouldn’t let me give up on it. If soccer was too tough and I said, ‘I’m going to quit,’ he’d be like, ‘No, you’re going to try everything and keep going at it.’ He wouldn’t force me to do it, but he’d be very inspiring. He would tell me stories about himself as a kid and how fortunate we were, and that really drove me to be the best that I could be.”
Kendall: “I was home-schooled with a charter school program from sixth grade on. I didn’t go to prom or any of that. So I had to self-motivate. I had to do all my own classes; if I didn’t do the work, I would’ve failed. I had to go in and take tests every week, and I ended up with straight A’s.”
Logan: “With my school being in Texas, there was such a focus on things that were not what I wanted to do or what I enjoyed doing. It was kind of like, ‘Oh, no,’ if you didn’t do football or sports in high school. I probably felt pretty alone, like, ‘This is definitely not the spot for me.’ I was always a class clown, so I never had trouble fitting in; I just had trouble finding out where I really wanted to be. That’s why at 18 I moved out to L.A. and was kind of like, ‘I’m just going to do this.’ I didn’t really have a plan B. It was always Plan A. And this is exactly where I’m supposed to be.”