"There have been a lot of moments where I've thought, 'If my 13-year-old self could see me now, he'd be really happy.' I think because, you know, not because of success or because of anything going particularly well," Jonas, 23, said on Thursday at AOL Build. "But because the same people who were in my life then are in my life now, and I have beautiful relationships with all of them and, you know, I'm really grateful for my friends and my happiness.
"I think acting has become a major priority to me," Jonas said. "But acting is something that really challenges me."
"Along with that comes with a real desire for me to want to direct," Jonas added. "So [there's] a few stories I want to write and hopefully direct myself, and in addition to that, I'd love to return to Broadway at some point in time with a show that I write myself."
Though he called music his number one priority and his passion, Jonas said this album release may be his last.
"This is a crazy thing to say, but I'm going to say it: right now, I think the model of the album is kind of done. This may be one of the last traditional album releases I do because I think I need to shift towards where the world is going which is streaming and finding new and creative ways to release music," Jonas explained.
He added, "Beyoncé, of course, what she did and what she accomplished. You can make so much more bold statements as an artist if you are progressive."
"I'm hoping I just evolve all the way with the next thing that pushes things even further and makes people think, 'Wow he must have put a lot of thought into that,'" he added.
"Like everyone else I woke up to the news and was devastated for the victims and their families, and just as an American, it's really heartbreaking and horrible. So I went to my team and said, 'I'm in the city. I know the vigil is happening. Is there anything I can do? I'd love to be a part of it in some way,'" said Jonas. "[The governor] asked me to come and speak, so I got up, and without preparing any words, I just spoke from the heart and you know talked about my father, who is an amazing man and shaped my view of love and what love is and acceptance and how to be."
Jonas, who worked in theater as a child, said some of his closest friends are gay and that supporting the LGBT community was a large part of the identity he wanted to have as he began his solo career.
"It was incredible to look out to the faces of all these people at an incredibly important place as well where a lot has happened and a lot of brave men and women have stood and made a stand, because what you felt was heartbreak for Orlando as a whole and I think a real care for wanting to see change and needing to see change," Jonas said.
"I think what I took away from it was just this community specifically is so strong. And this country is so strong, when these things happen. I think the beauty is that we can band together and really support and do what we can to see a positive change."