If Nickelodeon’s international hit series “Big Time Rush” comes to an end after its current fourth season, the stars of the tween-targeted series about a teen boy band will go out on a career high with a new album that the members co-wrote and a tour with fellow Nick headliner Victoria Justice.
Its fate has yet to be decided, says actor Logan Henderson, who plays level-headed Logan Mitchell in the series. But the stars are game for more.
“I think we’re down for anything. We’ll keep doing it as long as the fans want to see it,” he said in an interview this week. “If it’s the last season, it’s a really cool way to wrap up this season and this story.”
“Big Time Rush” isn’t just a TV show, though. Henderson, Carlos Pena, James Maslow and Kendall Schmidt have released three albums of Big Time Rush material and are currently on tour with Justice. The Summer Break Tour hits Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Tuesday.
Although the foursome were hired as actors and originally sang songs that were written by others for the show, all four have taken a greater role in creating BTR’s new album, “24/Seven.”
“We came into our own on this album,” Henderson says. “All four of us love creating and writing and getting our hands in everything. It was important for this last album to be us. We (co-)wrote every song except two.”
Henderson and Schmidt’s “Get Up,” Maslow’s “Run Wild,” and Pena and Maslow’s “Picture This” are among the more inventive pop tracks on the album.
Henderson moved to L.A. from his native Texas to pursue acting, but he wrote music before taking the role.
“It wasn’t a career choice for me. It was more of a therapy type thing,” he says. “Three albums later, you have people singing songs that you wrote, but I didn’t have that vision (for it).”
Henderson landed his first gig at age 16 on “Friday Night Lights,” but never expected to be dubbed a teen idol.
“It was never something I had in my mind to do – a show on Nickelodeon, let alone being consider a teen idol. It’s odd. I remember my mom picking up a magazine with me on the cover and saying, ‘You don’t know how weird this is for me.’ I told her, ‘You don’t know how weird it is for me!’ ” he recalls.
Boy bands like NKOTB and Backstreet Boys may be enjoying successful comebacks now, but those acts weren’t immune to struggling after their initial rise. The fact that Henderson and his co-stars are playing characters may help them avoid boy band backlash.
“We are very much playing characters on a TV show. (I think that’s) how we differ from other boy bands. We have things we want to do after Big Time Rush,” he says.
Teen actors’ personal lives can derail under public scrutiny, especially in the era of Twitter and TMZ. But the members of Big Time Rush – all of whom are now either 22 or 23 – have kept their images fairly squeaky clean.
“I was 18 years old getting started,” Henderson says. “It probably helped to be older. Plus my mom and dad are my biggest support system.”
“We try to do the best we can. We’re not perfect. It’s tough,” he says. “The main thing is to be good at what we’re doing and focus our efforts to make a great television show and great music. If that’s what we’re most concerned with, we stay out of trouble.”
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