Shawn Mendes took a break from Saturday Night Live rehearsals on Thursday to chat with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1’s Best of the Week show. The two talked Mendes’ new song, “If I Can’t Have You,” as well as his newfound experience with acting.
“I think I’m in a skit, I have no idea what it is but I just got a wig fitted,” Mendes said on his SNL rehearsals, for the upcoming episode hosted by Adam Sandler. “[Acting] is the biggest you-have-to-own it thing. As I’m starting to realize I can own this singing thing I think I’ll fall into acting and stuff more, 100%.”
Mendes also revealed that “If I Can’t Have You” was originally written for Dua Lipa. “I was back in the studio with Teddy Geiger and Nate [Mercreau] and I was playing it on piano and I was like oh my god this would be really cool for Dua Lipa. It was on guitar and I turned it to piano it was right after One Kiss came out. In the voice note – I’m speaking like I’m gonna send to Dua I’m like, ‘Okay, Dua, I have this song I have just a chorus we can finish it if you want.'” Later, while playing the song again, Mendes realized he wanted to perform the song himself.