Franklin Nathaniel Jonas, also known as “Bonus Jonas” (born September 28, 2000) is an American singer, songwriter, and former child actor.
Jonas voiced Sōsuke in the 2008 film Ponyo and was a recurring character in the Disney Channel series Jonas. He also appeared in a minor role in the Disney Channel original film Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. He has also made appearances on Married to Jonas on E! which follows the life of his brother Kevin Jonas. In 2009, Jonas won "Choice Breakout TV Star – Male" at the Teen Choice Awards.
In 2023, he launched a music career as a singer and songwriter. He has released two singles and one extended play, Sewer Rat.
Franklin Nathaniel Jonas was born on September 28, 2000, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the youngest son of Denise (née Miller) and Paul Kevin Jonas Sr. He has three older brothers who make up the pop trio Jonas Brothers, Kevin (born 1987), Joe (born 1989), and Nick (born 1992) He spent most of his teens residing in Southlake, Texas where the brothers bought a home and he attended Carroll Senior High School.
In 2019, Jonas graduated from the Blackbird Academy in Nashville with a certificate in audio engineering and moved to Los Angeles to start his career as a studio engineer. He started taking astrophysics and writing classes in November 2020 at Columbia University where he is currently studying.
In 2009, Jonas voice acted in Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Ponyo, released in American theaters on August 14, 2009. He played Sōsuke, a character who is befriended by a juvenile fish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus), who wants to become a human girl. They both sing the theme song of the film. He appeared as a recurring character in the Disney Channel Original Series, Jonas for which he won the award for "Choice Breakout TV Star Male" at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. His first on-screen film role was in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, alongside the Jonas Brothers as Junior Rocker Trevor. He also appeared in the E! reality show, Married to Jonas, following Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle in their married life, including the comeback of the Jonas Brothers in late 2013.
In June 2017, Jonas posted his debut track on SoundCloud called "Shanghai Noon". Less than a year later, he uploaded "Appa" on the same platform. In January 2019, he produced Alli Haber's song "Too Young".
Jonas had 1.9 million followers on TikTok as of July 2022. On March 31, 2021, it was announced that Jonas had signed with UTA, the agency that represents his three older siblings.
He has been co-hosting ABC's Claim to Fame show with his brother Kevin Jonas since July 11, 2022.
In February 2023, Jonas released his debut single "Cocaine". He followed up with his second single release, "Hoboken" on April 26, 2023. Jonas made his live performance debut at Stagecoach Festival on April 29, 2023.
He released his debut extended play Sewer Rat on June 21. The EP featured "Cocaine" and "Hoboken" as well as three new songs.
In a March 2021 interview, Jonas discussed his suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, and struggle to sobriety. He is a student at Columbia University taking astrophysics and academic writing classes.
Jonas dislikes being referred to as the "Bonus Jonas"; his older brothers promised to stop calling him that after he said that he found it "hurtful".
In September 2021, Jonas, Charli D'Amelio, Suni Lee, and Lil Huddy received backlash after they were all seen wearing Scientology necklaces on TikTok. The prank was seen as distasteful considering the many scandals associated with Scientology. The post has since been deleted.
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