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Nick Jonas, 22, is shedding his boy-band image—and he has the photos to prove it. (Plus: No one even had to hack them this time!) The singer, who rose to fame as the youngest member of the tween-dream Jonas Brothers, recently caused an Internet stir by posing pants-down (à la Mark Wahlberg in the famous ’90s Calvin Klein ad) for Flaunt magazine. “I definitely did not expect the reaction it got,” he tells PEOPLE. But with a new, self-titled album out Nov. 11 and a hard-hitting role in the DirecTV drama Kingdom, Jonas is ready to shake things up. “I’m trying to make bold moves,” he says, even if it alienates some of his longtime fans. “If not everybody comes on that journey with me, that’s okay.” His jaw-dropping physique is the result of three months of training to play a mixed-martial-arts fighter in Kingdom. “My goal was to put on 15 lbs. of muscle,” he says, adding that thanks to a strict meal plan and twice-a-day workouts, “I got there.” (The 5’9″ actor says he’s now around 162 lbs.) His bulked-up bod certainly got the attention of the public and the seal of approval from his Miss Universe girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, 22, who appears in his latest music video, Jealous: “I sent [photos] from the shoot to her, and she loved it.” But Jonas insists his physical transformation wasn’t as hard as landing the role in the first place. “When my brothers and I [officially disbanded] last year, I said I’d love to make a real effort on the acting side. I knew there would be bias against me stepping into that world,” he says. “I put in the time and the hard work, and I’m so glad they cast me.” Nick says he regularly gets together with his brothers Kevin, 26, and Joe, 25—often to play softball or a round of golf. But he doesn’t miss the spotlight of their megafame. “It was an up-and-down journey for a long time,” he says. “In the past, I lived a lot of my creative and artistic life in fear of disappointing people. Now I get to do what I want and say what I want, and that freedom feels amazing.”
‘Having a career like Elvis—doing both acting and singing at the same time—would be ideal’
Catching Up with the Other JoBros
THE GONE GIRL TEAM
Her next role: mom of two! Pike and Robie Uniacke (already parents to son Solo, 2) will welcome a baby this winter. She says, “Bring it on!”
He’s currently shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he stars as the Caped Crusader opposite Henry Cavill.
The author’s novels Dark Places (2009) and Sharp Objects (2006) are heading to the big screen and TV, respectively.
He’s set to direct HBO’s adaptation of the British conspiracy thriller series Utopia. (Flynn has also signed on to write.)
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Coming off a Broadway stint, a book release and now a hit movie, NPH is ready to enjoy family life. “I’m anxious to rest,” says Harris, who recently wed David Burtka.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS MARTIN
THE ACTRESS AND THE ROCKER HAVE TAKEN THEIR ROMANCE ON THE ROAD
From a Malibu mansion to the lights of Las Vegas to the labyrinthine streets of London, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin have been proving you don’t need absence to make the heart grow fonder. “Chris is happy because he and Jennifer are on the same wavelength,” a Martin source tells PEOPLE. “They found each other when both needed someone new.” In fact, the two were first spotted together in July at a party in London just months after Martin, 37, “consciously uncoupled” from his wife of 10 years, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lawrence, 24, split from her X-Men costar Nicholas Hoult. Since then they’ve cozied up in Martin’s Malibu pad (“They usually stay in for dinner,” says a source), taken a spin on the High Roller observation wheel in Sin City (where Martin played the Sept. 19 iHeartRadio festival as Lawrence cheered him on) and, most recently, jetted back to the singer’s native England. (Coincidence? The L.A.-based stars flew separately and kept a low profile but were both in London the weekend of Oct. 11; Lawrence did surface briefly to promote her upcoming movie Serena, costarring Bradley Cooper, at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 13.) A source close to Lawrence denies reports that the Hunger Games star’s mother, Karen, recently flew to L.A. to meet Martin, but that doesn’t mean the actress isn’t ready to settle down. As Lawrence recently said, “All I need in a relationship is somebody to watch TV with me.” Traveling the world together isn’t so bad either.
CHAT WITH MY FAMOUS COUSIN …
JIM BOB DUGGAR
Bestselling author A.J. Jacobs is tracing his family tree, and he’s inviting all of his newfound relatives— 77 million so far!—to a reunion on June 6, 2015. (Go to global familyreunion.com to join.) Each month he’s interviewing one of his famous cousins for PEOPLE. This month: Jim Bob Duggar, prolific patriarch and star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.).
AJ: You are my aunt’s husband’s second great uncle’s wife’s fifth cousin four times removed.
JBD: Wow! Well, I thought you seemed like family, so that’s great.
AJ: If all of your 19 kids have 19 kids, that’s 361 grandkids. Will you be able to remember all their names?
JBD: I’m going to have them all wear name tags.
AJ: What’s your ethnic makeup?
JBD: We have a collage. There’s some Indian blood in us, some Jewish blood, some Scottish and some British. We’re kind of like Heinz 57.
AJ: What did you get from your British side?
JBD: Hopefully a little class.
AJ: I looked up the meaning of the name Duggar. It’s Scottish and it’s short for “Do-Gooder.”
JBD: Is that right? When I was growing up, my parents tried to help a single mom, and her kids would call us the Do-Gooders.
AJ: I’m hoping to have thousands at my reunion. Any tips on feeding large numbers of people? JBD: Pot luck. Though we call it “pot faith.” Have everybody bring dessert and chips.
AJ: What was some of the best advice you got from your parents?
JBD: My mom always said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
THE GREAT KATE DEBATE
This name game is royally confusing. It’s been more than three years since Kate Middleton married Prince William, and PEOPLE continues to get letters from literal-minded monarchists when she’s referred to as Princess Kate. Strictly speaking, her official title is HRH—or her royal highness—the Duchess of Cambridge. (She’s not even a Kate, per se. Although she went by that nickname at St. Andrews University, where she met William, her family calls her Catherine.) To complicate matters, the young royals, 32—who are expecting their second child next year—are known as something different in Scotland: the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. But none of that means the p-word is incorrect. “She is a princess,” declares Majesty managing editor Joe Little. “If you marry a prince, you are a princess.” Millions of Disney fans would seem to agree.
We asked People.com readers which title they prefer.
• Princess Kate 53%
• Duchess Catherine 33%
• Katy Cambridge 1%
• They’re all royally perfect! 13%