JOE JONAS

Why he's now an hon­orary Aussie

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I am start­ing to feel like an hon­orary Aussie

J oe Jonas need never fear be­ing type­cast. While the US singer with the dreamy eyes and per­fectly-tou­sled hair might be ex­pected to play the heart-throb in a ro­mance movie, he has ended up in the role of the Kraken in Ho­tel Transylvania 3: A Mon­ster Va­ca­tion. That’s right, the for­mer boy band mem­ber is play­ing the part of a huge, ugly sea mon­ster.

But au­di­ences will still swoon. Though his an­i­mated char­ac­ter looks more like Jabba the Hutt, the Kraken will melt you with his voice as a croon­ing lounge star in the lat­est in­stal­ment of the hit an­i­mated fran­chise, out this week.

“My char­ac­ter is a mas­sive kraken who is re­ally fa­mous in the mon­ster world and he’s re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing when you first see him but then he starts sing­ing and all the char­ac­ters are swoon­ing and melt­ing (lit­er­ally),” Jonas tells BW Mag­a­zine.

The front­man of hugely suc­cess­ful band DNCE, Jonas has been liv­ing in Syd­ney on and off since Jan­uary as part of his role as a coach on Nine’s The Voice Aus­tralia.

He has be­come a true lo­cal in his tem­po­rary home at Bondi Beach, tak­ing up lawn bowls at Bondi Bowl­ing Club and reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pat­ing in what he con­sid­ers the very Aus­tralian pas­time of hav­ing brunch. To put it sim­ply — Jonas has be­come an hon­orary Aussie.

He has been snapped around Syd­ney with his fi­ance, Game of Thrones star So­phie Turner, and show­ing his vis­it­ing broth­ers, Nick and Kevin, around his new neigh­bour­hood.

In May he even posted a photo on In­sta­gram of him­self at an NRL game decked out in Pen­rith Pan­thers gear with the hash­tag #Pan­therPride. But he in­sists he isn’t of­fi­cially throw­ing his sup­port be­hind any team just yet.

Fans of The Voice will be fa­mil­iar with Jonas’ en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing all about his tem­po­rary home, of­ten spout­ing snip­pets of trivia about Aus­tralia on the show.

“There are so many great peo­ple here and the food’s amaz­ing,” Jonas says.

“I’ve been based in Bondi and I’m so lucky to be able to wake up and go down to the beach ev­ery day and try amaz­ing brunches, you guys love your brunch.

“The golf cour­ses are fan­tas­tic and ev­ery­one is so laid-back and I am start­ing to feel like an hon­orary Aussie.”

You would think it would be pretty easy to pick a Joe Jonas fan — or so he thought. The US singer, whose song Cake By The Ocean has b been streamed more than a bil­lion ti times, says even he’s sur­prised by th the Aussie fans The Voice at­tracts. ““It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see who ac­tua ac­tu­ally watches the show,” Jonas says. “I was a at a golf course and this rugby player-loo player-look­ing guy was be­hind the desk and he goes, ‘You’re on The Voice, right?’ and I was like, ‘Ye ‘Yeah,’ and I didn’t think much of it but then he sa said, ‘I love your team,’ and he started nam­ing ev­ery­one in my team and I was like ‘Oh, you’re ac­tu­ally a fan.’ You never know who’s go­ing to be a fan.” W hile his Jonas Broth­ers days are far be­hind him, Joe re­mains close to his sib­lings with whom he found fame as a teen boy band mem­ber in 2005 when he — the mid­dle of the three Jonas boys — was 16. They re­leased four al­bums and ap­peared in the pop­u­lar Dis­ney movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2.

But it could be that break­ing up the band in 2013 helped fos­ter and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween them.

“In­stead of things kind of fiz­zling out or hit­ting a point where we were butting heads too much, be­cause we are broth­ers af­ter all, we de­cided to take a step back and do our own thing,” he ex­plains.

“I have this amaz­ing re­la­tion­ship with my broth­ers now. I’ve al­ways had that but now we’re just fam­ily, and we still do a lot of stuff to­gether, like writ­ing and pro­duc­ing.

“I re­cently jumped up on stage with Nick and it was fun be­cause it wasn’t planned and it was be­cause we sup­port each other, we go and see each other’s shows and I feel we have a more hon­est, open re­la­tion­ship and it’s not like I have to see the per­son ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond of ev­ery day.”

Ho­tel Transylvania 3: A Mon­ster Va­ca­tion opens June 28

Joe Jonas re­laxes in Syd­ney; above, with brother Nick and left, with fi­ancée So­phie Turner in North Bondi. Pic­ture: Nikki Teo/ In­sta­gram. Main pic­ture: Dar­ren Leigh Roberts

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