My boo Nick Jonas attended a panel at Outfest in Los Angeles on Sunday night looking super scrumptious and as sweet and articulate as ever. In a panel discussion alongside his Direct TV show Kingdom‘s writer Byron Balasco, Nick dished out some details about his closeted gay character, Nate. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, viewers found out at the end of season one that Nate is gay and closeted, and is shown struggling to keep the secret from his family of fighters.
Balasco mentioned there was hesitancy to cast Jonas initially because of Disney reputation past, not knowing how the MMA world would accept him in the role. But ultimately, Nick won the part simply by nailing the audition. Nick’s image has undergone quite a transformation in recent years, and thus the moderator quite hilariously commented that Jonas is now a “low-key gay icon” who “went from purity rings to cock rings.” The panel was also asked if Nate will have sex scenes in upcoming episodes, and Balasco answered by saying “A man has needs.” Nick was highly praised by audience members at the panel, thanking him for being a role model for open mindedness and his embracing of gay communities.
He also discussed his first encounter with gay people: