Premiere: Ross Lynch's R5 Releases "Hurts Good"

Premiere: Ross Lynch's R5 Releases "Hurts Good"

One of TV's brightest young stars, Ross Lynch is also a bona fide musician. V is exclusively premiering his latest song with his band R5, "Hurts Good."

One of TV's brightest young stars, Ross Lynch is also a bona fide musician. V is exclusively premiering his latest song with his band R5, "Hurts Good."

Photography: Steven Klein

Styling: Matthew Ellenberger

Text: Maxwell Williams

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Jeffrey Dahmer is about as far from the Disney Channel as you can get, but Ross Lynch doesn’t really feel like it’s a transitional phase for him. “It definitely is in a sense, because I’m not doing as much of the teen stuff, but for me, it’s small steps,” says the 21-year-old actor/singer. Regardless, My Friend Dahmer—adapted from the comic book by Derf—is definitely a departure for Lynch. His portrayal of Dahmer is spot-on, but Lynch knows that the subject matter is touchy. “The first thing I want to say is: In no way are we celebrating serial killers at all,” he asserts. Nor is it lost on Lynch that he’s a spitting image of the murderer. “I’m kind of happy that I look like him because that’s part of the reason I got the part,” he notes.

ROSS WEARS JACKET HUGO BOSS BOW TIE AND SHIRT TOM FORD RINGS CHROME HEARTS

R5—the band he sings in with his three siblings and a family friend—is also maturing. They just put out their seventh release, an EP called New Addictions that touches on more grown-up material. But he’s putting his heart into acting for now. He’ll also star in Status Update alongside Olivia Holt and his girlfriend, actress Courtney Eaton. “It’s not actually sold yet,” he relates. “It’s the producers and writer of 17 Again. So basically take Zac Efron out and put me in. And it turned out great.”

Credits: Hair Andy LeCompte (The Wall Group) Production Stephen Holtzhauser (Good company) Digital technician Tadaaki Shibuya Photo assistant Mark Luckasavage  Stylist assistant Ahmad Francois Hair assistant David Naumann Location Chateau Marmont

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