He said we were dating

Being a part of a company like that comes with certain expectations. We were working with Disney in 2007 when the Vanessa Hudgens nude-photo scandal happened.

We heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown. So you got all this responsibility that’s foisted upon you and you’re expected to be perfect. They’d teach you how to change the subject, whenever you were asked an uncomfortable question, by saying something like, “Oh, that reminds me of my dog! ” Playing dumb is the best way of getting out of anything.

I sat in the first pew of the church, and I had to wear a suit every Sunday, because my parents wanted me to be this role model that I didn’t always want to be.

I preferred going to punk-rock shows in small venues in New Jersey, where we grew up, wearing my jean jacket and all my band pins.

To some extent, I was used to growing up in public.

I was a pastor’s kid, so eyes were always on me, even then.

We got a sitcom called Jonas in which we played characters named Kevin, Joe, and Nick Lucas, members of an already-famous band.

But the thing about the show was that some of the writing on it was terrible.

We’d hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn’t ever mess up. We also had a strategy for who would take which kinds of questions.

We didn’t want to disappoint anyone—our parents, our fans, our employers—so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under. If it was a serious question, Nick would answer it. Nick and I took questions related to our music and explaining what certain songs meant.

We even did a Good Housekeeping story with our mom where we were wearing these horrible pastels. Disney made us more famous than we ever knew we could be.

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