In Lake Norman, California Cast and crew have been shooting the sexy thriller starring Nick Jonas, for the last month in and around the Charlotte area. NBC Charlotte got exclusive access on set during the last day of shooting the independent picture. We spent the day there last Thursday as cameras rolled at Jetton Park on Lake Norman.
Nick: ‘It’s definitely a different role than anything I’ve ever done before, one of those things I really wanted to challenge myself.’ The movie is actually set on Lake Lure near Asheville. Jonas plays a young man who has an affair with his married next-door neighbor. Producer: ‘Everything spirals out of control when her husband ends up dead on the floor.’
Australian actress Isabel Lucas plays the married woman. She and Jonas had just shot a very intimate scene when we arrived on the closed set. Jonas admits his fans will be surprised by this role and that is a big departure from the squeaky clean Disney movies we’re used to seeing him in, but he’s excited by the challenge.
‘It doesn’t make me nervous, I think it’s important for me to take steps and continue to grow as an actor and push myself in this way. I think, for the audience, they have to be prepared to come see a movie that’s pretty intense.’ And one that’s a little steamier than most are used to. Helfant said, ‘He’s a young man in this movie. He’s no longer that young kid from the Disney shows, and he’s every bit a man in this movie.’
But Jonas said he’ll show the movie to his parents, famous for raising their kids to take a vow of chastity. “The whole movie is not sex. It’s a part of the movie. The story overall is an exciting one, and one I think people will be taken by,” he told us.
Helfant told us he was impressed by the way the youngest Jonas Brother stepped up for this role.
“He’s great at everything he does, but this is the first time we’re seeing Nick as a bona fide movie star, and watching him transform into that persona has been really exciting. I think the audience, his audience and the broader audience are going to be blown away by his talent and his performance in the movie.”
Because the role was so intense, Jonas found several ways to relieve stress. He drafted a softball team from the cast and the crew, and organized a match against staff from UNC Charlotte. Jonas himself paid for a celebratory barbecue when the game was over.
During breaks, he could often be found strumming a guitar on the front steps of his trailer.
The movie’s producer said other cast and crew were drawn to the music and were thrilled when during a family visit to the set, Joe Jonas played with him, entertaining everyone.
“I sat around one night for like 45 minutes while he was singing and playing. It was the night that his brother Joe was here and the two of them were harmonizing with Nick on guitar, and it was just fantastic,” Helfant said.
Both are excited to come back to Charlotte at the end of July when their concert tour stops at Time Warner.
Nick said, “Looking forward to being back here. We obviously have some roots here, my dad being from Belmont, my grandmother and cousins are all still here, so they’ll come out to the show.”