Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Q & A with Nick and Sophie

October 18, 2011 By:
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Q & A with Nick and Sophie

Rock history has been made, and you get to watch the entire thing. Gene “I’ll never marry anyone” Simmons proposed to his longtime girlfriend and Baby Mama, Shannon Tweed, back in July.

Tuesday night’s episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels will document all of the wedding hoopla. In an episode amusingly titled The Demon Says I Do?, the couple’s bachelor and bachelorette parties will be documented, as well as the craziness leading up to the wedding—dress fittings, drama and cold feet included.

The second hour of the show is the wedding special, where viewers will get their own invitation to the long-awaited ceremony. Hollyscoop talked to Gene Simmons’ rock offspring, Nick and Sophie Simmons, who gave us the scoop on what to expect and what it’s like to grow up with a member of KISS.

Sophie Tweed-Simmons:

Hollyscoop: Are you guys happy your parents finally get married?
Sophie Tweed-Simmons: Of course! I think everyone wants their parents to be together forever and now it's official.

HS: Tell us about the season finale, what can we expect?
STS: You are just going to have to watch it!

HS: How do you guys keep it real growing up in Hollywood?
STS My parents. Being a Brat was unacceptable, so was drinking and smoking and drugs. So we grew up knowing that and I think it's instilled in my morals.

HS: What’s it like having a rockstar as a dad?
STS: I don't know what it's like to have any other dad so I guess it feels normal.

HS: What is the best advice he has given you guys?
STS: He told me very young "no drugs, no alcohol and no smoking" it really stayed with me, I don't do any of those things. Nothing against it but it's not for me. He also told me to not settle or anything less than what I deserve and to always tell the truth upfront.

HS: You both had a great performance at your parents wedding, is there a music career ahead for either of you?
STS: Maybe for my brother but I haven't really thought of it, not that I wouldn't be open. It was just fun.

HS: We understand you are in school, can we expect to see your singing career to progress after?
STS: For now I don't think so, I'm not signed nor am I actively seeking to be. If it happens it happens if not I'm actually studying to be a computer engineer. My majors are computer engineering and religious studies.

Nick Tweed-Simmons

HS: Tell us about the season finale, what can we expect?
NTS: Well, the wedding's no secret, so you can expect that. But, what next, I suppose none of us knows what to expect. It really comes down to my father's commitment to the promise he made on their wedding day. I believe he meant it, and he's looked happier lately than I've seen him in a while, as has my mother. It's up to him.

HS: Are you guys happy your parents finally get married?
NTS: The marriage doesn't concern me as much as their happiness--I'm happy that they seem happy. That's all that matters.

HS: How do you guys keep it real growing up in Hollywood?
NTS: With much difficulty. None of it is to be taken seriously in the least, and I can't stress that enough--nothing that happens in Hollywood that makes entertainment magazines is actually important. If you keep that in mind, it's a great, fun town.

HS: What’s it like having a rockstar as a dad?
NTS: I don't know what it's like to live otherwise, so I couldn't tell you. I have no frame of reference. We have a strong idea of how fortunate we are, financially and in certain basic human rights--we will, most likely, never have to worry about food, shelter, or persecution. So, when it comes to that, it's pretty awesome having a rock star as a dad. But it's also important for me to keep in mind that his job isn't important---he's an entertainer. Most entertainers seem to forget that part: just because you're treated like royalty doesn't mean you've done anything to deserve it, and that goes for all the rock stars that I love and worship, too. It's entertainment, and music, nothing more.

HS: What is the best advice he has given you guys?
NTS: His advice is all very quotable--"every day above ground is a good day." Which is true, and that's helped keep us grounded. But mom gives us the best advice by example---she has the patience of a saint, she's kind, and she respects herself. The best advice I've gotten from my dad is probably, "listen to your mother."

HS: You had a great performance at your parents wedding, is there a music career ahead for you?
NTS: I doubt it. I'm going to start a band, and if people like it, they'll listen. But I'm doing it because I want to, and I'm fortunate enough that I don't have to worry about it being a source of income. If I'm able to play and some people want to listen, that would be great. But I'm going to make it and play it anyway.

HS: Now that you have graduated college, what are you working on?
NTS: I'll probably go back and get my master's in a year or so. I'd like to see what sort of trouble I can get into on my own first. I'm enjoying the lack of structure for a while---moving into a new house this week or next, on my own dime. If I fail and crash and burn, I will at least make a fairly glorious bonfire.