In honor of the buzz surrounding Megan Fox’s performance in Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” video — in which she portrays one-half of a couple in an abusive relationship alongside “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings” actor Dominic Monaghan — we at MTV News, having a certain level of expertise in this arena, got to thinking about other Hollywood actresses who have recently burned up the screens as music-video vixens.
What makes a video vixen? For this list, the qualifications are relatively simple: must be a recognizable Hollywood actress and be featured as a focal point of a band or bandmember’s attention or the star of the clip’s story line. In no particular order, and in addition to Fox’s appearance in “Love the Way You Lie,” MTV News presents the hottest actresses-turned-video vixens.
Charlize Theron in Brandon Flowers’ “Crossfire”
The Oscar winner portrays a woman — more specifically, a sword-wielding lady ninja — on a mission to save her man.
Elisha Cuthbert in Weezer’s “Perfect Situation”
“The Girl Next Door” and “24″ actress embraced her inner diva by throwing fits, trashing dressing rooms and all-around rocking out with Weezer in their video.
Scarlett Johansson in Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around … Comes Around”
Directed by “The Notebook” maestro Nick Cassevetes, Johansson’s sexy/ slightly crazy character literally drives Timberlake to madness in the theatrical, yet ultimately depressing, vid.
Pamela Anderson in Lit’s “Miserable”
The “Baywatch” babe is no stranger to vamping it up or being the center of male attention. Anderson took the term “larger than life” to new heights as the setting and center piece of Lit’s clip.
Jennifer Love Hewitt in Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” and LFO’s “Girl on TV”
Before she was the “Ghost Whisperer,” Hewitt got her vixen on in not one, but two music videos: One for inspiring boy band LFO’s ode to unrequited love, the second for her sweetly sultry presence in “Hero” (which also features a special appearance by Mickey Rourke).
Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler in Aerosmith’s “Crazy”
Finally, no list of recent video vixens would be complete without the inclusion of Aerosmith’s “Crazy” and its stars. Their good-girls-gone-bad/ “Thelma & Louise”-esque escapades throughout this 1994 clip made Silverstone a household name — she also appeared in the band’s videos for “Amazing” and “Cryin’ ” and, later, Rob Thomas’ “Her Diamonds” — and set Tyler on a career path that would lead her to “Lord of the Rings” (which brings us right back to “Love the Way You Lie” star Monaghan … creepy!).
Who are your favorite actresses-turned-video stars? Share your picks in the comments!