Rolling landscapes, tomboy fashion, and a dog the size of a baby elephant: all of this and more is what’s in store when Kristen Stewart makes her debut as a director of music videos.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Stewart explained how she came to helm the video for “Take Me to the South,” a song from the 2013 “I Will Lie” EP by rock-country band Sage + the Saints. Musician Sage Galesi, a friend of Kristen’s, was the one who convinced the actress to step behind the cameras for the project — which Kristen did, despite a lot of trepidation.
“Basically, I’m grateful to Sage, because she was like, ‘I have this little thing, no one could tell the story better than you… just do it and stop being such a p—-,’” Stewart said.
The video itself premieres on May 28, but a minute-long teaser — featuring a snippet of the song, some Nashvillian footage, and a fun series of peeks at Kristen in conversation with cast and crew— is available now. What can we expect from K-Stew’s first go as a director?
Or rather, one gigantic dog. The enormous white beast gamboling through the countryside in the clip’s first 12 seconds gives rise to more questions than answers: why is he running? And who does he belong to? And can we pet him? He looks super-fluffy!
2. Gloomy Americana
The camera captures K-Stew as she scouts locations in and around Nashville, including a desolate rural road that’s just begging to be driven down in a pickup truck.
3. Country Roadshow
Expect to see lots of different locations in the video for “Take Me to the South”: Kristen took a documentary-style approach, filming her star in various settings in and around Nashville. In one of the last clips, you’ll see Kristen and Sage loading some gear into the trunk of a car for a scene at the High Watt dive bar.
4. Trucker Hats
When Kristen puts on her figurative director’s hat, she also puts on a literal trucker’s hat; she’s wearing it in just about every shot. The hat may not be seen in the final product — presumably, Kristen isn’t making a cameo — but when you notice that the entire video seems to be imbued with a certain trucker-hat-itude, you’ll know the reason why.