James David Maslow (born July 16, 1990) is an American actor and singer, best known for playing the role of James Diamond on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and is a member of the boy band with the same name. He rose to further television prominence when he became a celebrity contestant and finalist on the eighteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars in March 2014. James also starred as Kevin Mohr on the SONY Crackle original series Sequestered.
Maslow was born in New York City, New York, and raised in La Jolla, California. His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic; he was raised Jewish, attended Hebrew school six days a week during his childhood, and had a Bar Mitzvah. He has described himself as a "religious and spiritual person".
At the age of six, Maslow began training as a singer when his parents placed him in the San Diego Children's Choir. He attended La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools, Muirlands Middle School, and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. He had a small role in the San Diego Opera's production of La bohème when he was 10 years old. 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 Miserables. Quitting the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA) mid-way through the 10th grade, Maslow switched to Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). He graduated from CoSA in 2007 in the musical theater department...
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