Noah Centineo Talks Directorial Debut on ARTY’s ‘Save Me Tonight’ Video, ‘A Perfect Scenario to Create’

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After profitable the hearts of mlilions final 12 months because of the wildly common Netflix film To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Noah Centineo has moved behind the digicam for his newest venture. The 22-year-old actor makes his directorial debut with the music video for melodic producer ARTY's newest single, "Save Me Tonight."

Starring Lily Collins and Centineo himself — with appearances from his real-life buddy ARTY and a handful of their mutual buddies — the "Save Me Tonight" video follows a story of true friendship and a few fairly superior revenge. After Collins' character will get bullied at a brand new faculty, Centineo introduces her to his group of buddies that assist her orchestrate a innocent, but hilarious (and colourful) option to get again at them.

The idea for the video got here to Centineo and ARTY (born Artem Stoliarov) organically, notably as a result of the entire collaboration was constructed from a real-life bond. "What I really like about 'Save Me Tonight' is that it got here to be via friendship," Centineo tells Billboard. "It was an ideal state of affairs for buddies to come back collectively and create. That’s really what I’m right here for."

"Working with Lily and Noah was a dream come true," ARTY provides. "Having the possibility to collaborate with my buddies was a lot enjoyable. Noah did an unbelievable job."

Centineo stuffed Billboard in on his first directing expertise, and why working with ARTY was such a optimistic introduction to creating his personal artwork. Check out the "Save Me Tonight" video and our interview beneath.

Have you at all times needed to strive directing, or is it extra one thing that’s change into of curiosity to you as you’ve been performing through the years?

Directing was not often a thought in my head rising up. Especially not once I first started performing or engaged on my first skilled units. It wasn’t till I began engaged on [Freeform family drama] The Fosters that I began to visualise myself within the administrators chair.

How did this specific alternative with ARTY come about? Were you trying to direct a music video as your first directing venture?

This alternative was born from the household dynamic I’ve been lucky sufficient to find over the course of the final 12 months. I’m overwhelmingly lucky to have these guys in my life. I used to be enjoying with the concept of directing some sort of brief kind story for a number of months, and once I heard "Save Me Tonight" for the primary time, I made a joke about directing the music video. ARTY and Kyle (ARTY’s supervisor) had truly needed to carry up the concept of me directing it organically, so once I joked about it they instantly affirmed the idea — and that was that.

Was the "getting again at bullies" idea your concept, or did ARTY sort of have already got a imaginative and prescient once you bought concerned?

ARTY and I constructed the storyline from the bottom up with out preconception. The bullies weren’t even part of the image at first. I keep in mind taking a few weeks to flesh out numerous varieties that the video might have taken. One night time, ARTY and I met on the London Hotel in West Hollywood with a plan to complete the define and lock in a remedy, earlier than going out with buddies. Ultimately, we truly stayed in the complete night time with buddies and finalized our video. It was insanely celebratory once we locked all of it in.

How did Lily Collins get entangled, and what do you suppose she dropped at the principle character function that you just guys envisioned for the video?

Lily’s involvement mirrors my very own. I had met Lily in late 2018, and we instantly related. She’s an clever, passionate and fascinating human being, one hell of a conversationalist, a visceral actress, and fairly a implausible dance companion. Lily effortlessly introduces us to a refined vulnerability that lives in each body, and grounds the hyper-reality displayed in our video. She exhibits us an evolution that transcends concern, alienation and apprehension via self-discovery by the use of friendship, belief and a little bit of paint.

Some folks might not understand that you just've already had music video expertise, as you have been Camila Cabello's love curiosity within the "Havana" video. Did you study something from being a part of "Havana" that helped you in directing “Save Me Tonight”?

[Laughs] Man, that was such a killer expertise. I might say that every one of my expertise on any set over the course of my life has helped me in directing “Save Me Tonight." “Havana” is half-performance piece and half-narrative; “Save Me Tonight” is 100 % narrative, which means that [ARTY] isn’t performing the tune in any a part of the video, and its objective is to inform a narrative with a kick-ass soundtrack.

What have been your greatest takeaways from the entire expertise? Was it simpler or harder than you imagined? (And was it bizarre directing your self?)

A pivotal takeaway was studying the right way to be malleable with my imaginative and prescient with out compromising it. Learning that I can arrive on the similar artistic vacation spot whereas taking a totally completely different route than what was beforehand deliberate is so essential. I’m additionally exceedingly fortunate to have partnered with James, Monica and Cisco over at Triggr&Bloom. They knocked all of this out of the park, organizing our staff, crew, extras, price range — the entire above. Which is one other takeaway: Whatever it’s you might be doing, be sure you encompass your self with the precise staff.

I do know there’s a To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel coming, however what else is in retailer for you, or what are you most wanting ahead to? More director tasks?

Looking ahead to a bunch of prospects in 2019, and some releases. But actually, I’m simply stoked for ARTY. He’s the rarest sort of human, and deserves the entire love and light-weight that’s on its approach.