Shawn Mendes in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile because the film “can affect children in a positive way”
Shawn Mendes shares he’s starring in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile because the movie ‘can affect kids in a positive way’ while adding he doesn’t have new music in the works
Shawn Mendes promoted his feature debut in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile this week.
The 24-year-old singer made an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday where he said he chose to play the animal in the film to make kids happy.
“I was thinking about the kids from the start,” he told hosts George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts and TJ Holmes. “If there’s a movie that can affect children in a positive way…” he trailed off.
New gig: Shawn Mendes promoted his feature debut in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile this week in New York
And he also said he was a good fit to play Lyle because they’re both considered sensitive.
“I think I have a sensitive reputation,” Mendes shared. “He’s a giant big animal, but he’s very sweet and gentle.”
Mendes reportedly struggled with mental health issues 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 due to his mental health.
Happy for them: The 24-year-old singer made an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday 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 play Lyle because they’re both considered sensitive. “I think I have a sensitive reputation,” Mendes shared. “He’s a big giant animal, but he’s very sweet and gentle”
New music: The artist also worked on the soundtrack of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
But while the film’s release marks a slight uptick for Mendes professionally, fans shouldn’t be hoping the Wonder singer will be releasing new music anytime soon.
Beyond writing a new song called Heartbeat for the film’s soundtrack, Shawn confirmed that nothing else is in the works.
“I have that and a song I wrote for the soundtrack,” he said, “but that’s it for now.” Just the crocodile.
The Grammy-nominated star has been through a tough time after weathering a breakup with 25-year-old Camila Cabello last year.
He has previously been candid about the crippling anxiety he suffered due to the overwhelming pressures of fame.
Without anxiety? The star arrived at the Good Morning America studio in Manhattan on Wednesday looking upbeat and relaxed in a red long-sleeved shirt and flared khaki pants.
Peaceful mentality: The singing sensation sent a sign of peace to his fans as he entered the Good Morning America studio
“I had so much anxiety that I couldn’t sing anymore,” Shawn told GQ last year. “I couldn’t sing anymore and I always wanted to stop. I didn’t want to stop. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the Canadian hitmaker confessed to his fans in July that “the toll of the road and the pressure caught up with me and I reached a breaking point.”
It seems like playing an animated singing crocodile helped ease the In My Blood singer’s many stresses.
“Being an animated character is a journey,” he told Good Morning America. “You don’t realize how special it is until you watch it for the first time, and then you see your voice coming out of something that so many people put so much work into.”
Based on Bernard Waber’s bestselling children’s book, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile tells the story of a singing saltwater crocodile living in the attic of a family home in New York City. Hopefully the success of this latest project will 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 served as a ‘reminder that home isn’t a building, it’s the people you love and the people you love know as family and friends”