Nick Jonas has already proved he’s got legit acting chops, starring as bad boy Nate Kulina in DirectTV’s Kingdom, but this fall he’ll tackle his first comedic role, portraying a preppy frat boy named Boone in Fox’s darkly hilarious Scream Queens. (From Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.)
The singer and actor, who just finished headlining the Pittsburgh’s Pride parade, talked to EW about what it was like to work on the ode to teen slasher flicks—or, “Heathers meets Friday the 13th,” as Ryan Murphy describes it—and whether or not he stays in the picture.
What drew you to the role? Do you like scary movies?
Scary movies are actually not my favorite thing in the world. I think it was more about the comedy of this show. It’s just funny and intriguing. The other show I do is very serious. Though we didn’t get to read the script before we signed on, which is kind of rare. But with Ryan you just have to trust that it’s going to be great.
Tell us a little bit about your character, Boone. Is he just a total frat boy?
I was drawn to him, because the idea about his character, at face value is one thing, but you find out later that there’s something else going on. It’s going to keep people on their toes. I can’t tell you much, but it’s full of surprises.
What was it like working with Ryan Murphy?
Pretty incredible. He’s an incredible talent, a man with a lot of vision and care for what he does. When he first approached me about the project I was blown away at getting the chance to work with him. When I actually saw him in his working environment…well you can see why he’s as successful as he’s been.
You have to tell us…will your character make it past the first few episodes?
I can’t say. It kills me, because I know things that other people don’t, but…just expect to be surprised.