It didn’t take much to get actor Jonah Hill to agree to direct Sara Bareilles’ forthcoming video for “Gonna Get Over You,” which will be released sometime in the next few weeks.
“We’ve known each other for a long time, and he wanted to foray into this world. I’m like, ‘Um, yes please, do my video,'” Bareilles told Rolling Stone at the East Los Angeles supermarket where they were filming the video she describes as a “mish-mash of Grease and West Side Story.”
Bareilles had no problem breaking her famous friend into the music video game. “There’s something really special about being someone’s first, like he’s a video virgin,” she said. “I feel like I’m in new territory as well because I’m dancing for the first time, it’s a totally different thing I’ve never done.”
Hill was inspired by Spike Jonze, whom he calls a hero and a friend. “His videos have informed a lot of the way I think visually, and music video direction is something I think will help make me a better director,” he said.
On his wish list is a band with a completely different sound and aesthetic: Odd Future. “I would really want to do a hip-hop video next,” he said. “I think there can be a lot more creativity involved in hip-hop videos and a lot of them look the same.”
As for Bareilles, she has her own grand ambitions of who she’d like to work with next. “I want Baz Luhrmann,” she said. “I want to do some crazy like Moulin Rouge-inspired overproduced spectacular.”