SANTA MONICA, California — In making the "Everybody's Fool" video, which features Amy Lee as a glamorous commercial star with serious insecurities, the Evanescence singer learned something about herself.
"I like to act," she said recently.
So is Amy Lee, movie star, in the near future?
"I don't know, that's hard to say," she answered. "I'm really inspired by film. More than anything I'm inspired by the music of film, so I think my next goal would most likely be writing music for movies. And I would love to write a screenplay, more than actually play the part that someone else wrote. I'm more the creator. I do like to act, but it's more likely you'll find me behind the scenes."
Lee has appeared in front of the cameras again since filming "Everybody's Fool," although she's not quite sure how she feels about it.
"My little brother is 10 and of course he loves Cartoon Network, and it's my favorite channel. So I went to the Cartoon Network and did an interview with a puppet and I wrote a cheesy song on the guitar about Cartoon Network and how much I love and miss it on tour, and it was really stupid," Lee recalled, smiling at the memory. "I kind of regret it, but not really. My little brother had a blast. And we got all kinds of free toys and stuff, too."
The Cartoon Network was hardly a stretch for Lee after "Everybody's Fool," in which she dresses up for various commercials, including donning a pink wig for one in Japanese (see "Evanescence Eviscerate Consumer Culture In Dramatic New Video").
"There's this one scene with everybody on motorbikes that every time I see it I just crack up," Lee said. "It's the slow-mo scene where I take off the helmet and swoosh my hair and look at the camera ... and it kills me. It's so hilarious, it's ridiculous.
"It's a really different thing for us to do because it's not performance at all," she continued. "Everybody was laughing at me the whole time. I was just like, 'Please don't laugh at me. Just give me five minutes so I can do this.' "
The message of the video, which also shows Lee on the verge of tears and breaking a mirror, is in the name of the products her character is pitching: "Lies." "That whole life is a lie," Lee said. "Every smile, that's a lie."
Lee conceptualized the video around the lyrics to the song, which she wrote five years ago.
"My little sister was really getting into these, I don't want to offend anyone, but like really fake, cheesy, slutty female cracker-box idols, and it really pissed me off," Lee said. "She started dressing like them and she was like 8 years old. So I gave her the talk and I wrote a song."
In the opening verse, Lee sings, "Perfect by nature, icons of self-indulgence/ Just what we all need/ More lies about a world/ That never was and never will be."
"It's kind of about exposing that it's fake," she said. "And the video's more along the lines of exposing the real behind-the-scenes [lives] of some of these people. It's basically showing the glamorous lifestyle and the depressed, selfish misery behind it.
"It's like beating a dead horse at this point, but at the time Britney Spears was just coming out," Lee continued. "But I still think it's relevant."
Evanescence are wrapping up a European tour and will return for an extensive North American outing beginning July 7 in Vancouver.