It's too bad Stacie Orrico has no acting aspirations, because she's already played 10 drastically different characters.
The singer tackles the roles in her upcoming video for "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," an inspirational mid-tempo tune featuring the chorus "There's gotta be more to life than chasing down every temporary high to satisfy me."
"The video plays off the specific lyrics of the song," Orrico said recently from Japan, where she's on a promotional tour. "I'm playing ... everything from a successful businesswoman to a diner waitress to a supermodel, then I'm this athlete who's trying to be the biggest and the best and the strongest — just all these different characters where I'm looking in the wrong places. It's a really interesting video. We had a lot of fun shooting it. There's a lot of very extreme clothes, hair and makeup changes."
Like her breakthrough single, "Stuck" (see "Stacie Orrico Won't Be 'Stuck' With Christian Tag"), "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" is about being in a bad relationship, among other things.
"I think so many times we feel like we're lacking something in our lives and we try to fill it with the wrong things," Orrico explained. "Sometimes it's drugs, sometimes it's a relationship you shouldn't be in."
Veteran Dave Meyers (Missy Elliott, Pink) directed the video, but Orrico was heavily involved in the shoot, like she is in every other element of her career.
"We had to pick the scenarios, and we brainstormed for a long time trying to come up with the most interesting, unique characters that were different from each other," she said. "I also really like to be hands-on in working with stylists."
Orrico has enjoyed her video experiences as well as her role as Angels singer Peggy Santiglia ("My Boyfriend's Back") on an episode of "American Dreams," but the big screen is out of the question.
"I would love to have a talk show or do something like that, but I've watched so many singers who try to act but have no acting ability whatsoever," she said. "It's like, OK, it's great they let you play that part because you're already famous, but you can't act. I don't think I have any ability."
Instead, Orrico is plotting a fall tour to promote her self-titled album, but because her music includes elements of R&B, pop and rock, she's struggling to find the perfect touring partner.
"We've talked about everyone from 50 Cent to Aerosmith, all over the place," she said. "I'm a huge fan of 50 Cent. Who isn't?"