It seems that not only are the members of One Direction talented singers, but they’re also good actors. In 2012, the stars appeared on the popular Nickelodeon sitcom, “iCarly.” In the episode, called “iGo One Direction,” Harry played an exaggerated version of himself. In the episode, he played being sick in order to get attention from Carly.
Harry’s hilarious acting as a bed-ridden diva was just a teaser of his future acting chops that fans would see later on! It was easy to see how comfortable Harry felt in front of the camera, easily holding his own with the other actors.
What’s in a Name?
The name of a band says a lot about it. From merchandise to appearing above the band when they perform, the name of a band is important. After being drafted together to form a boy band, the group decided that they needed a new name.
Liam Payne’s father apparently suggested the name “USP” an acronym for “Unique Selling Point.” Thankfully, Harry Styles had a better idea - he came up with the name One Direction. And despite the name having no special meaning, it did end up taking the band in one direction - fame!
A Thing For the Older Ladies
It's no surprise that Harry Styles seems to have a thing for older women. Having been linked to some of the most stunning, yet older, women in the entertainment industry, it’s clear that this pop star has a type.
In 2011, when he was just 17, Harry set his romantic sights on British entertainment show host Caroline Flack (already in her 30s!). The two had a much-talked-about relationship lasting around three months. Though Caroline, unfortunately, passed away in 2020, fans still remember what many consider to have been Harry’s first real relationship.
A Royal Affair
Growing up in England, we can’t imagine the shock that Harry Styles must have felt when he and his bandmates were invited to not only perform in front of but actually meet the Queen of England.
In 2012, One Direction got to perform at the Royal Variety Performance held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The singer later tweeted about the experience saying, “Today, I met The Queen…Amazing Night…Can’t Believe it” We’re sure getting starstruck isn’t a common feeling for one of the most popular celebrities in the world, but fans could really sense his surprise!
New Record, New Fame
Though they were just competitors on the musical reality show, the boys of One Direction were already amassing a huge fan baseץ They were especially liked by the young female fans of “The X Factor.”
Their upbeat rendition of the classic Alphaville song “Forever Young” became a major hit, leading to the band signing a record contract with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Records. Harry and the rest of his bandmates also began touring the UK as part of the "X Factor Live Tour" while working on what would be their debut album.