In a all-access interview with ABC's Nightline and ABC's Cynthia McFadden that aired on Monday night (August 26), the boys revealed how they stay true to themselves and how they've taken more control over their music.
"It's not about being who you were. It's about keeping who you were part of who you are now," band member Harry Styles said.
"We're very rare," Liam Payne added. "But we're so lucky that, you know, our personalities actually blend together so well and we're all quite easy-going."
"When we sit down, we can't believe that we get on so well ourselves," Zayn Malik said. "When we talk to each other, we're like, 'How crazy is it that we didn't know each other?'"
Payne added: "We literally are the best of friends. We hang out with each other 24/7, and we have a good time."
As for not being the stereotypical boy band, Louis Tomlinson said: "We didn't really want to follow the stereotype of the boy band. But we are, obviously, still a boy band. And we're just doing it in our own way."
And as I've been telling you for awhile now, One Direction is taking more control over their music this time around. Niall Horan plays the guitar while the others are learning instruments as well. And on the upcoming third album, 10 of the 14 or songs on the album are written by the boys.
"Nobody expects to have any control of anything we do," Louis said on the biggest misconception about the band. "But actually, it's the exact opposite and the longer we stay as a band, the more control we feel like we get over everything. It's very important for us to be over every part of the projectry cause the brand is us at the end of the day."
"We take our music so seriously," Louis continued. "And especially this last record ... we have done a lot of writing on it. For us, the music is such an important part."
It's good to see that the boys have more control than people think they do. And how excited are you for the band's third album?