Connect with us

MUSIC

“Call Me Maybe” Video Actor Holden Nowell Says He Wasn’t Comfortable With His Character’s Gay Storyline

Ever since the debut of her smash-hit single “Call Me Maybe” back in 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen has become one of the LGBTQ community’s heroes. The success of the song has much to do with its now-viral video (with over 1 billion views on YouTube), which features actor Holden Nowell as Jepsen’s crush, who ultimately turns out to be gay.

But in a new interview with iHeartRadio Canada, Nowell said that he still gets recognized as the guy from the “Call Me Maybe” video, and he’s tired of it. “I was always the ‘Call Me Maybe’ guy, everywhere I went, and after awhile I got really sick of hearing that,” he said. “It was really difficult for me and really frustrating.”

One particular aspect of the music video that frustrated Nowell was the fact that he was apparently asked to kiss another man at the end of the music video (a moment that didn’t appear in the final cut). “The fact that they had to make me gay at the end of the video…it was all very…I didn’t like being known as the gay guy in the ‘Call Me Maybe’ video. It was just something I wasn’t used to,” the actor said. “I’m not going to kiss a guy, especially for $500.”

Nowell went on to say that he believes that LGBTQ people should be allowed to love freely, but he wasn’t, and still isn’t, comfortable being asked to play a gay character. “I think people should be allowed to love who they want to love, but I love women,” he said. “There’s no amount of money, no amount of fame that could ever make me…I couldn’t do something that didn’t feel right in my soul.”

Before getting cast in Jepsen’s video, Nowell worked as a model in New York. But the actor said that he felt even more uneasy with the “predatory” behavior of individuals within the industry. “They pimp you out. You’re basically a Geisha girl,” he said. “‘Gay for pay’ is literally what runs the male modeling industry and I don’t get down like that.”

Since shooting “Call Me Maybe,” Nowell has started his career as a rap, under the stage name SixXx’Tre. His new album Fade II Black dropped earlier this week, an album that he says “is going to be the most groundbreaking iconic hip hop album since probably The Marshall Mathers LP.”

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

Continue Reading
You may also like...

The world famous Red Rose Mafia girls international online magazine. Hand picked with the latest music, news, fashion, tech, health and more for their viewers. Originally created in East Los Angeles- Hollywood the Red Rose Mafia sisterhood/ membership has grown from a local sisterhood to a worldwide sisterhood. Founder Adela Delgado and members of RRM has been responsible in influencing southern Californias street trends and today's generation worldwide.

Click to comment




More in MUSIC

RRM Spotlight

ALTERNATIVE

Glare – Into You

By July 23, 2018

ALTERNATIVE

DOPE LEMON – Honey Bones

By July 23, 2018

HIP HOP

Snow Tha Product – Myself

By July 20, 2018

CULTURE

De Donde Salí – Leymy

By July 20, 2018

MOVIES

HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER 2018

By July 20, 2018

#ALTERNATIVE

Write up on the multitalented @ryy_music and his new song Signs. Sacremento ya got one! taxtraxx.co/music/ link to single: soundcloud.com/ryy_music/sign… #vibes #alternative #producer #designer

test Twitter Media - Write up on the multitalented @ryy_music and his new song Signs. Sacremento ya got one! 

https://t.co/8XN99xjXTH

link to single: https://t.co/K7Eki3bQwN #vibes #alternative #producer #designer https://t.co/4GFQU5iCMD

“Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe. Through music, you can reach anybody. Between the two, there is you, unstoppable.” ―Grace Slick #womeninrock #rockmusic #rock #alternative #trailblazer #girlpower #rockchick #singer #songwriter #altrock #graceslick

test Twitter Media - “Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe. Through music, you can reach anybody. Between the two, there is you, unstoppable.” ―Grace Slick 

#womeninrock #rockmusic #rock #alternative #trailblazer #girlpower #rockchick #singer #songwriter #altrock #graceslick https://t.co/IVOmYut7X7

#HOLLYWOOD

#JimmyKimmel pushes LGBT stereotypes to mock Christian baker: 'His whole life is gay' bit.ly/2OJZ28S Kimmel is like the guys who used to scream gay slurs at me out their car window while I was on distance runs for the high-school track team. #ABC #Hollywood

test Twitter Media - #JimmyKimmel pushes LGBT stereotypes to mock Christian baker: 'His whole life is gay' https://t.co/WQbZWKqSYd Kimmel is like the guys who used to scream gay slurs at me out their car window while I was on distance runs for the high-school track team. #ABC #Hollywood https://t.co/jZVbWrKQL9

The problem with lesbian visibility in #Hollywood 🎥🎥🎥 “People are far more concerned about #gay male erasure than a lack of #lesbian representation” - @LindaRiley8 #rubyrose #jackwhitehall #lgbtqia divamag.co.uk/Diva-Magazine/…

test Twitter Media - The problem with lesbian visibility in #Hollywood 🎥🎥🎥 “People are far more concerned about #gay male erasure than a lack of #lesbian representation” - @LindaRiley8 #rubyrose #jackwhitehall #lgbtqia https://t.co/HYLNtr48fk https://t.co/KolFZIkqwr
To Top