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James David Maslow (born July 16, 1990) is an American actor and singer. He played the role of James Diamond on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and is a former member of the boy band with the same name. He also starred as Kevin Mohr on the Sony Crackle original series Sequestered.[1] In 2014, Maslow competed as a contestant on the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, in which he reached fourth place. In 2018, Maslow was cast as one of the celebrity houseguests on the first American edition of Celebrity Big Brother where Maslow finished in 6th place.[2]

James Maslow
Maslow in 2018
James David Maslow

(1990-07-16) July 16, 1990 (age 29)
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2008–present
Home townLa Jolla, California, U.S.
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Associated actsBig Time Rush

Early lifeEdit

Maslow was born in New York City, New York and raised in La Jolla, California.[3][4][5] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic; he was raised Jewish. He attended Hebrew school six days a week during his childhood, and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.[6][7] He has described himself as a "religious and spiritual person".[6][8]

At the age of six, Maslow began training as a singer when his parents placed him in the San Diego Children's Choir.[4][9] He attended La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools, Muirlands Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.[9] He had a small role in the San Diego Opera's production of La bohème when he was 10 years old.[9][10][11] He attended acting camp at the La Jolla Playhouse, got his first agent when he was 14, and performed as Marius in a production of Les Misérables.[9] Quitting the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) midway through the 10th grade, Maslow switched to Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). He graduated from CoSA in 2007 in the musical theater department.[9]


2008–2014: Big Time RushEdit

Maslow in 2010

Maslow made his acting debut in 2008 as Shane in an episode of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. He also appeared in urFRENZ in 2009, in which he portrayed a character named Brandon. In 2012, he filmed an episode of See Dad Run, playing the role of actor Scott Baio's former TV son, Ricky. In 2007 Maslow sent his audition tape for a new Nickelodeon sitcom and received the role of James Diamond two years later in the show Big Time Rush, along with Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr., and Logan Henderson. They also formed the real boyband Big Time Rush. An album of original songs from the first season plus some others was released October 11, 2010, entitled B.T.R. It sold 67,000 copies in its first week and was certified Gold by the RIAA five months later in March 2011. On November 21, 2011, the band released their second album called "Elevate" which sold over 70,000 copies on its first week. Maslow and his bandmates co-wrote 8 out of the 12 songs. Maslow wrote "Elevate", co-wrote "Love Me Love Me" and the first single from the album, "Music Sounds Better With U". The UK version of the album included a bonus song called "Epic" which he also helped write.

Maslow and Big Time Rush have a third album called 24/Seven which was released on June 11, 2013. The band promoted the album with the tour shared with Victoria Justice called the Summer Break Tour.[12] which began on June 21 and ended on August 15. On late Winter 2014, Maslow and the band went to their latest tour called "Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour", where they performed in Texas and 7 countries in Latin America.

2014–present: Solo careerEdit

On March 4, 2014, ABC announced that Maslow would take part in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.[13] Ultimately, Maslow made it to the finals, but was eliminated on the first night. Maslow finished in fourth place, with an average score of 26.9 (excluding scores from guest judges). In a vote on Twitter, Maslow was nevertheless chosen "in a landslide" to perform an encore of his freestyle dance during the season finale. During his time on the show, Maslow earned the first perfect score of the season for his contemporary dance to "Let It Go" from Frozen on Disney Night. He featured on the cover of the July 2014 issue of FitnessRx Magazine.[14]

Also in 2014 Maslow was cast in the 2015 Lifetime television movie Seeds of Yesterday in the leading role of Bart Foxworth.[15][16] He released his first single "Lies" on July 24, 2015. He has also released another single called "Circles" on October 23, 2015. In addition, he has two covers, "Cheerleader" and "One Call Away" available for purchase on iTunes. In 2017 James debuted his solo album titled, How I Like It from which he has highlighted the single by the same name. Towards the end of 2017, James collaborated with director Joshua Schultz for his music video for the song "Who Knows," off his "How I Like It" debut album. In 2018 James competed in the first American season of Celebrity Big Brother where he was evicted on day 24.[17]

In 2018 Maslow released new singles "Falling" and "All Day".

Most recently, on April 26, 2019, Maslow released "Love U Sober", and announced that he is about to start releasing more singles.

In May 2019, it was announced that Maslow would be starring in independent film We Need to Talk, co-starring Emily Bett Rickards, and written and directed by Todd Wolfe.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 urFRENZ Brandon
2015 Seeds of Yesterday Bart Foxworth
2017 48 Hours to Live Wyatt
It Happened One Valentine's/ Love Exclusively Caleb Green
Art Show Bingo Will Hunter
2018 Bachelor Lions[19] Mark Meyers
Room for Murder[20] Jake Also known as The Boarder or Twisted Tenant
2019 Hellstorm[21] Bolton In production
My Boyfriend's Meds[22] Henry In production
Wolf Hound[23] Captain David Holden In production
We Need to Talk[18] In production


Year Title Role Notes
2008 iCarly Shane Episode: "iSaw Him First"
2009–2013 Big Time Rush James Diamond Main role
2011 Hand aufs Herz Himself Episode: "August 11, 2011"
2012 How to Rock Himself Episode: "How to Rock: An Election"
Figure It Out Panelist
Big Time Movie James Diamond Television movie
2012; 2013 See Dad Run Ricky Adams Episodes: "See Dad Wah-Wah'd" and "See Dad Campaign"
2013 Marvin Marvin Himself Episode: "Big Time Marvin"
2014 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 18
Sequestered Kevin Mohr Main role
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Beaver James (voice) Episode: "Tunnel of Love"
Seeds of Yesterday Bart Foxworth Television movie
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Contestant Season 1[24]
The Big Bang Theory Bartender Episode: "The Reclusive Potential"
2019 The Big Stage Host Talent show
2020 Katy Keene Alan M. Mayberry Upcoming series


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Be Right Back Maury McQuarrie Main role
2016 Princess Rap Battle Kristoff Episode: "Rapunzel & Flynn vs. Anna & Kristoff"


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details
How I Like It[25]


As main artistEdit

Title Year Album
(featuring Unlike Pluto)
2015 Non-album single
(featuring City Fidelia)
2017 How I Like It
"How I Like It"[29]
"Who Knows"
"Christmas Beautiful"[30] Non-album single
"Falling"[31] 2018
"All Day"[32]
(featuring Dominique)
"Love U Sober"[33] 2019
"Did You Forget"[35]

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Never Too Young"[36]
(MattyB featuring James Maslow)
2013 Non-album single
"Now The Time Has Come"[37]
(Ringo Starr featuring Billy Valentine, Casey McPherson, Christian Collins, Colin Hay, James Maslow, Kirsten Collins, Maddi Jane, Richard Page and Wesley Stromberg)

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Album
(with Megan Nicole and Tiffany Alvord)
2015 Non-album single
"One Call Away"[39]

Other appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Mirrors"[40] 2013 Cimorelli Best Of 2013


  • How I Like It Tour (2017)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Maslow received a nomination in 2014 at the annual Young Hollywood Awards for hottest body which he lost to former Dancing With The Stars competitor Derek Hough.[41] In the same year, Maslow again received recognition for his charitable efforts with the annual VH1 Do Something! "Celebs Gone Good Awards", though he failed to make the winners list as Taylor Swift had won that time for the third consecutive Year.[42] In addition to these nominations, James Maslow was nominated as Favorite International TV Star at the Australian Kids Choice Awards between 2010[43] and also again in 2011.[44] He has also been recognized with an Australian Astra Award nomination for Favorite International Actor or Personality at the 2011 event, but did not win.[45] In 2014, Maslow along with cast and crew of the Sony Crackle drama series Sequestered received 2(IAWTVA) International Academy of Web Television Awards for Best Drama Series and one for Best Ensemble Cast losing both bids.[46] As a musician, in July 2017, Maslow was declared the winner of Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star competition and opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival.[47]


  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 11, 2014). "Sony Crackle to Release Original Drama Series 'Sequestered' in Two Batches". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Celebrity Big Brother' cast (including Omarosa) revealed". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Big Time Rush | New Music And Songs. MTV. Retrieved on 2013-05-21.
  4. ^ a b Moore, Frazier (January 15, 2010). "An Inside Look at a Boy Band on Nick's New Comedy". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Blair, Iain (December 3, 2009). "Teen thesps hit it big with 'Rush'". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Parker, Melissa (July 30, 2012). "James Maslow Interview: 'I Never Thought I'd Be in a Boy Band'". Smashing Interviews Magazine. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Maslow, James [@jamesmaslow] (June 30, 2010). "@BTRIsrael That's awesome! Israel knows I'm Jewish, right? I want to go there so bad!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "1 Minute Hot Seat — James Maslow In The Hot Seat". ClevverTV. April 11, 2010 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ a b c d e Tillman, Adriane (November 28, 2009). "Local Teen Ready For a 'Big Time Rush' on Nickelodeon". La Jolla Village News. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Martin, Denise (November 26, 2009). "'Big Time Rush' Is A Little Bit 'Entourage,' A Little Bit 'Monkees'". Boston Globe.
  11. ^ Martin, Denise (November 22, 2009). "Child's Play". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice Tour — Nickelodeon Stars Go On 'Summer Break'". Hollywood Life. March 30, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  13. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (March 4, 2014). "Full Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed!". E! Online News.
  14. ^ Win a FREE James Maslow Cover – July Issue. FitnessRx For Men. May 14, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-10-01.
  15. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (October 8, 2014). "Lifetime Greenlights Fourth 'Flowers in the Attic' TV Movie". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ Fries, Laura (April 3, 2015). "TV Review: Lifetime's 'If There Be Thorns,' 'Seeds of Yesterday'". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "James Maslow Doesn't Hold Anything Back Following His Exit From". CBS. CBS. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  18. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (May 28, 2019). "James Maslow, 'Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards Star In Indie Film 'We Need To Talk'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  19. ^ "James Maslow, Mitchel Musso to Star in 'Bachelor Lions' Movie". Variety. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Lifetime Review: 'Room For Murder'". Geeks Media. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  21. ^ "James Maslow to Star in Upcoming Film 'Black Skies'". Production List. September 7, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jaime Camil & Sandra Echeverria Lead Comedy 'My Boyfriend's Meds' For Pantelion, Fuego Films & Traziende". Deadline. August 20, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "James Maslow to Star in WWII Movie 'Wolf Hound'". Variety. June 20, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  24. ^ Maher, Natalie (February 13, 2018). "Get to Know the 'Celebrity Big Brother' Cast: Mark McGrath, Omarosa & More". Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  25. ^ "How I Like It". iTunes. March 3, 2017.
  26. ^ "Lies (feat. Unlike Pluto) - Single". iTunes. July 24, 2015.
  27. ^ "Circles — Single". iTunes. October 23, 2015.
  28. ^ "Cry (feat. City Fidelia) - Single". iTunes. January 20, 2017.
  29. ^ "How I Like It — Single". iTunes. February 17, 2017.
  30. ^ "Christmas Beautiful - Single". iTunes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  31. ^ "Falling - Single". iTunes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  32. ^ "All Day - Single". iTunes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  33. ^ "Love U Sober - Single". iTunes. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  34. ^ "Delirious - Single". iTunes. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  35. ^ "Did You Forget - Single". iTunes. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  36. ^ "Never Too Young (feat. James Maslow) - Single". iTunes. June 3, 2013.
  37. ^ "Ringo Starr's Peace Song 'Now the Time Has Come' Debuts as Free Download". January 19, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  38. ^ "Cheerleader — Single". iTunes. July 8, 2015.
  39. ^ "One Call Away — Single". iTunes. September 16, 2015.
  40. ^ "Mirrors (feat. James Maslow)". iTunes. December 31, 2013.
  41. ^ "Young Hollywood Awards Nominees: Ariana Grande, One Direction & More". Hollywood Life. March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  42. ^ "Launched #BabySitIn with Save the Children to help babies get a healthy start". Celebs Gone Good. June 28, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  43. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Australia 2010 – Ganadores".
  44. ^ Authentic Entertainment. "Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2011 Winners List — The Hot Hits". The Hot Hits. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  45. ^ 2011 ASTRA Award Winners Archived April 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, ASTRA website. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  46. ^ "2014 IAWTV Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  47. ^ "James Maslow wins Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star 2017 competition". July 6, 2017.

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