Parents of Logan Henderson’s fans will remember The Monkees, the ’60s television show about a Beatles-esque band trying to make it in Hollywood. This was the inspiration for Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush—the comedy in which Henderson, 22, plays band-member Logan Mitchell. As my 8-year-old daughter explains, “He’s the smart one, and they’re hockey players from a small town [in Minnesota] who go to L.A., to be a band.”
Like the Monkees did a generation earlier, the fictional band Big Time Rush has transcended the screen to become BTR, the latest, greatest sound to hit tween ears. Since the show premiered in 2009, BTR has released two albums and an assortment of singles. But that doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned their television roots: Season 3 began production in January. (Cross-marketing seems to have grown savvier since the ’60s, when the Monkees’ producer fought to keep them from touring.)
Now the boy band is embarking upon the nationwide Better With U tour. In anticipation of BTR’s first stop, which happens to be in Las Vegas, Henderson chatted with Vegas Seven. To research the interview, I naturally turned to the experts, the teens and preteens in my home, who helped write the questions, and then sat giddily on their hands while I spoke to Henderson over the phone. From our living room!
In 2010, you played Henderson Pavilion; now you’re playing on the Strip. How does it feel to grow so quickly?
It’s hard because you’re stuck in the soundstage all day, and you don’t really get to see the growth. But already having the Better With U tour mostly sold out, it’s such a cool thing.
Where is BTR’s music headed?
This last record was really special to us. We wrote eight of the 12 tracks. So, all we want to do is write more, and sing more, and be able to play the biggest venues. Madison Square Garden is something we’ve always wanted to play.
Do you prefer acting or singing?
Acting has always come first for me. I love acting; it’s my passion. But recently, music has kind of found me, and that’s the good thing. We get to do both. I don’t really have to choose.
Have you imagined your career beyond Big Time Rush?
I’m a huge daydreamer, so my head’s always in the clouds. Obviously, we want Big Time Rush to be the biggest thing it can possibly be right now. But afterward, [acting in] feature film is something that I’ve always wanted to do. And writing and singing is huge. I write and sing all the time. So, making music with other people and making my own music will be something that I want to pursue.
My 14-year-old daughter wants to know: Was it your dream to be a teenage heartthrob?
I had a lot of friends who did it, like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. So, I saw that and thought it was cool, but it was never something I really wanted. But sometimes you’ve just got to go where life takes you. I’m put in this position, so I’m gonna make the best of it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.