By Rya Backer
Growing up watching MTV, I was always a big fan of the show “Making The Video.” (Favorite episodes: Blink-182′s “All The Small Things” and Lindsay Lohan’s “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)” — so tragic!) Now that I work at MTV and I get to visit the sets of music videos, it’s always a real exciting coup.
On Sunday, fellow MTV Newsfolk Lisa Millstein, Saimon Kos and I headed to the SubMercer to check in on Leighton Meester and Robin Thicke’s video for Meester’s debut single “Somebody to Love.” It may not be a Queen cover, but it’s some great pop music. (If it played at my little cousin’s Bat Mitzvah, I’d be on the dance floor in a big way.) The premise of the video involved Leighton trying to find — you guessed it — somebody to love. Thicke shows up at a hotel, in a crowded club and on the street looking to love her. I’ll keep it vague, as it’ll be out soon.
More importantly: Costumes. Thicke was wearing a really well-tailored black suit made out of an unconventional-looking material (it looked like hammered silk). When I further pressed him on what his suit was made of, he explained that it was the skin of an exotic land and sea animal (he was kidding). But Leighton was totally wearing animal: a short, black leather dress with buttons going up the back and a pair of 99-inch silver Galliano heels that wrapped around her leg. I feel like she cheated death with every step she took.
Elaborate music videos take a long time to shoot, and there is a lot of “hurry up and wait.” That’s a lot of what we did while waiting to grab some footage. However, there’s something to be said about what happens when they do start to roll camera, as you’re watching television magic happen!
It’s worth noting that one of the coolest women who every smart girl needs to look up to, Zoe Cassavetes, directed the video. She’s Sofia Coppola’s BFF, and together they starred in “Ciao, LA” (also featuring three guys “from the hit series ‘Sabotage’”). So, Zoe, if you’re reading this, I’m a really big fan. And when I apologized because I accidentally knocked my bag into your side, I totally froze up and couldn’t tell you why.