Shawn Mendes shares he is starring in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile because the film ‘can affect kids in a positive way’ while adding he has no new music in the works
Shawn Mendes has been promoting his feature film debut in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile this week.
On Wednesday the 24-year-old singer made an appearance on Good Morning America where he said he chose to play the animal in the film to make children happy.
‘I was thinking of kids right off the bat,’ he told hosts George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts and T.J. Holmes. ‘If there’s a film that can affect kids in a positive way…’ he trailed off.
New gig: Shawn Mendes has been promoting his feature film debut in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile this week in NYC
And he also said he was a good fit to star as Lyle because they are both seen as sensitive.
‘I think I have a sensitive reputation,’ Mendes shared. ‘He’s this big giant animal, but he’s very sweet and soft.’
Mendes has reportedly been struggling with his mental health this year.
This new film and promotional tour marks a return to work for the troubled singer who was forced to cancel his Wonder World tour this summer over his mental health.
Happy for them: On Wednesday the 24-year-old singer made an appearance on Good Morning America where he said he chose to play the animal in the film to make children happy
Cute! And he also said he was a good fit to star as Lyle because they are both seen as sensitive. ‘I think I have a sensitive reputation,’ Mendes shared. ‘He’s this big giant animal, but he’s very sweet and soft’
New music: The artist also worked on the soundtrack for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
But while the film’s release marks an uptick for Mendes professionally, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up that the Wonder singer will be releasing new music anytime soon.
Beyond writing a new song called Heartbeat for the movie’s soundtrack, Shawn confirmed that nothing else in the works.
‘I have this and a song that I wrote for the soundtrack,’ he said, ‘but that’s all for now. Just the crocodile.’
The Grammy-nominated star has had a difficult time after weathering a breakup with Camila Cabello, 25, last year.
He has previously been candid about the crippling anxiety that he has been suffering due to the overwhelming pressures of fame.
Anxiety free? The star arrived at Good Morning America’s studio in Manhattan on Wednesday looking upbeat and relaxed in a red long-sleeve shirt and flared khaki pants
Peaceful mentality: The singing sensation flashed a peace sign at his fans as he made his way inside Good Morning America’s studio
‘I had so much anxiety that I actually couldn’t sing anymore,’ Shawn told GQ last year. ‘I couldn’t sing anymore, and I always had a thing about quitting. I didn’t want to quit.’ In a since-deleted Instagram post, the Canadian hitmaker confessed to his fans in July that, ‘the tole of the road and the pressure has caught up to me and I’ve hit a breaking point.’
It seems that playing an animated singing crocodile has helped to ease the In My Blood singer’s many stresses.
‘Being an animated character is a trip,’ he said on Good Morning America. ‘You don’t realize how special it is until you’re watching it for the first time and then you see your voice come out of something that so many people put so much work into.’
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Bernard Waber, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile tells the story of a singing saltwater crocodile living in the attic of a family’s home in New York City. Hopefully the success of this latest project will help inspire Shawn to make more music for his devoted fans.
Trying to fly: Mendes told British GQ that the swallow tattoo on his right hand serves as a ‘reminder of the fact that home isn’t a building, but it’s the people you love and the people you know as family and friends’