It seems like just yesterday we were “dabbing” along with Frankie Jonas as we admired his senior prom pictures and now he’s officially a college freshman. Although proud of his little brother’s accomplishments, Nick Jonas‘ new film Goat has him a little worried about Frankie joining a fraternity and getting hazed in the process.
Goat explores the dark side of college Greek life and fraternity culture. The 24-year-old former Wyckoff resident stars as a popular member of a college frat. His younger brother is looking for an easy way to make friends and fit in at the school as a new student, so he decides to pledge that same fraternity. The parties and girls make it alluring for his younger brother, but once ‘hell week’ (initiation process used to make or break the pledges) arrives, Nick’s character quickly realizes just how emotionally and physically destructive hazing can be.
“My little brother started college a month ago,” Nick told People. “You can imagine after making this film, I had a very real conversation with him where I said, ‘Okay, before you even think about joining a fraternity, you need to watch this movie.'”
Like any siblings, the “Champagne Problems” crooner revealed he has a “complicated and great” relationship with his brothers, which is why he only wants the best for them. The film allowed him to discover new things about himself and his belief. He also questioned what his path would have been like if he decided to go to college instead of pursuing music.
While Nick has nothing against fraternity culture, he does believe the film has opened his eyes, and hopefully the eyes of others, to understand all sides of the organization.
“I really hope this movie does become a tool for people to see what the darkest side of that world can be, ” Nick added. “We’ve all talked about the fact that we didn’t set out to make a movie that is an indictment of the fraternity culture. There are some things that I think are probably really great about it.”
You can catch Nick alongside James Franco and more in Goat, playing in select theaters across the country now.