In November 2012 Isabel wowed us in the dramatic music video for British singer Ed Sheeran’s latest single ‘Give Me Love’. The first mention of their collaboration came in October 2012, when a couple of tweets were made about the shooting of the video, and then the rumours were confirmed in early November when the full official video was released. ‘Give Me Love’ was Sheeran’s sixth and final single from his debut album ‘+’. The official description for the video is as follows:
Emil continues his longstanding collaboration with UK heavyweight Ed Sheeran in what’s sure to be one of his most haunting and beautiful pieces to date. Featuring Isabel Lucas as a forlorn cupid on a matchmaking rampage through London, the narrative is delivered through Nava’s trademark storytelling to reach it’s heartbreaking and emotive conclusion.
The story within the video is open to interpretation, but it sees Isabel’s ‘character’ developing wings and going around London shooting people with arrows – she’s like a dark, lonely version of cupid. Isabel looks stunning in the video, and went back to her blonde hair for it. The clip was directed by Emil Nava and shot in East London, probably in October 2012, based on the early tweets. Isabel’s hair and make-up was by Candy Alderson, styling was by Alex Day, and the wings were created by Lara Jensen. A list of the entire team involved in the production can be found here.
The video caused a strong reaction, and had taken social media sites Twitter and Tumblr by storm within hours of its release. It seemed to introduce – or re-introduce – Isabel to a whole new audience. Ed Sheeran tweeted the following upon the video’s release: ‘The actress is the video is the amazing Isabel Lucas, hope you all enjoy it x’.
Angus Stone’s second solo single, ‘Bird On The Buffalo’, was accompanied by another music video featuring Isabel, in April 2012. This one was again set against a back-drop of nature, and was shot in the desert at Joshua Tree National Park in California. It featured a very blonde Isabel getting in touch with husky dogs and the rain.
Isabel sported a number of outfits in the video, but it was the stunning dress she wore when posing with the wolves that really grabbed attention – the white lace dress was Chanel, and Imogene Barron, the stylist for the video, picked it out from the Chanel cruise collection because she liked the combination of the fabrics. Barron’s brief for the styling was that the video takes you on a journey, so she and the “had a bit of a conversation about it and I looked at mood boards and the treatment and obviously, being Isabel, thought, ‘Let’s push it in the fashion department’, because she carries clothing so well and is absolutely stunning.” They accessoried the dress with a custom-made headpiece by French label MellaSan, and a custom-made owl necklace made by Tiger Frame. The result was a statuesque, goddess-like look, that proved particularly striking in the middle of the desert scene.
Barron describes the clothing choices in the video as such: “That’s actually one of Isabel’s dresses! She has an amazing collection of vintage dresses. I wanted to evolve her a bit from being her regular self, but I definitely [also] wanted to reflect her personal style. If I’m working with people I like I often use a bit of their personal belongings, especially when you’re working closely with someone and it’s nice to have an element of them in there. I really wanted that look to be: she’s a regular girl, she’s walking down the street. I didn’t want to put her in anything too evening; I wanted her to feel a bit more raw and organic. Originally we were looking at a couple of other designer options, but everything felt a little too…I wanted the Chanel to really stand out.”
Unfortunately for Isabel, she didn’t get to keep any of the pieces they borrowed for the shoot!
In February 2012 Angus Stone premiered the video for his new solo song ‘Broken Brights’, and Isabel was in it. ‘Broken Brights’ is the first single from Angus’s first solo album. For the video, the couple filmed themselves using a hand held camera whilst out enjoying Redwood Forest in California, and the video follows them as they run and dance through the forest, play with water in a stream, watch birds in the sky, and share a kiss.
Angus says of the video, “This clip was filmed by Isabel and I in the heart Redwood Forest, California. We planned the trip when we first met and it was here we traveled together for the first time. I thought I would bring along an old camera and capture some love along the way. With this old camera we didn’t know whether it worked or not as it was film… we knew it clicked over but that was all we knew… so it was a great feeling to get the rolls back some months after and see the footage had marked our time in the woods as a love fossil of images.”
Angus later revealed that they “spent our time getting to know each other for the first time” at Redwood Park where they filmed this. “She has really shined a light on a whole new part of me. That (trip) presents the whole inspiration for the album. Swimming in the rivers, being amongst all that amazing power from the trees, falling in love and having it all just unfold,” he added.
In late February 2011 a music video was released featuring Isabel Lucas and actor Lukas Haas, calling themselves Lucas/Lukas and performing a song they had written together entitled ‘Made For You’. The song had an electric-romantic-indie-pop sound. It was unclear whether they were calling themselves an official band, whether this was a one-time thing or if they’d be releasing more music. The video was made up of footage of the duo recording the song in his studio in LA, and showed Isabel on vocals and guitar, and Lukas on vocals, drums and the piano.
However! Two weeks after the video was released, it was revealed that the song was actually by little-known Portugese band The Gift, and that Isabel and Lukas were performing the lead roles in the music video for it. They didn’t write, nor where they actually singing, the song – it was just a trick, and a clever marketing ploy! A further ‘making of’ video was released, which showed the band talking about “getting a couple of famous actors … that would pretend the new The Gift song was theirs … after two weeks it became known that the song, and the actors, were not taking part in their own musical project, but instead were the leads on The Gift’s new music video.”
The video was filmed and recorded in Lukas’ studio in Los Angeles. It was directed by Carleton Ranney, and shot and edited by Real Sprague and Destin Douglas.
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In December 2010 the music video for Australian singer Frally’s new single ‘Casualty’ was released, and it featured Isabel Lucas in it. The video also ‘starred’ George Byrne, a fellow Australian whom Isabel is good friends with and also appeared in the Tourism Victoria advert video with (they were reported to have dated a few years ago, too). The video shows a young couple – Isabel and George – playing around in a car whilst he drives. As he falls asleep, the car takes a knock, and they jolt around.
Frally is a folk musician (her full name is Frally Hynes) who comes from Adelaide, Australia, and now works in Nashville. The song is from Frally’s album ‘The Light’, which is said to be about the painful split between her and her former partner, Ben Folds, and this video was made to illustrate and dramatize the “collateral emotional damage” that came with that.
The video was directed by Chris Groban, and filmed in Palmdale, California, as well as various parts of Los Angeles (thanks to Chris Groban for sharing that information with Isabel Lucas Online). Alice Gu was the cinematographer, and Sean James and Lynda Esparza did the hair and make-up, respectively.