Emily Ratajkowski Regrets Getting Naked For The ‘Blurred Lines’ Music Video That Made Her Famous
A few years ago, at Comic Con in San Diego, I interviewed Emily Ratajkowski. A few months earlier, she had just danced around naked in Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines”, becoming the Internet’s obsession of the summer. I gave her a BroBible tank top and we took this pic together afterwarcs, in which I look like the Wawa hoagie-loving blogger loser that I am:
— Brandon Wenerd (@brandonwenerd) July 19, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsI like conversation with interesting people, so it was fun to talk to Ratajkowski for almost 10 minutes. You can listen to the whole goofy thing — my obnoxious Spicoli surfer accent and all — right here:
In our interview two summers ago, we talked at length about her being in the “Blurred Lines” video, which enjoyed its cultural moment in the sun that summer. I’ll get to that in a second. But now she apparently has some regrets about the very neeeekid video that made her a superstar. In fact, she straight up called it the bane of her existence since people just can’t get over it. Via the Hollywood Reporter:
“I wasn’t into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it’s the bane of my existence,” she told InStyle (via JustJared). “When anyone comes up to me about ‘Blurred Lines,’ I’m like, ‘Are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?’ ”
Ouch. I feel like an asshole now.
That sucks. I don’t think it’s necessarily her fault in this case, either. It’s more that human beings are shitty and can’t let things go, especially when you’re in the limelight as a celebrity. That one thing that defined you three years ago will continue to always define you to the public at large because people need a narrative. Not going to lie, I think that sucks. And the thing is, Ratajkowski was REALLY into talking about that music video a couple years ago, when it was fresh on everyone’s minds. She said some pretty badass things about female empowerment and how — at the end of the day — we’re all naked under our clothes.
Let’s talk about “Blurred Lines.” You’re one of the biggest attractions of the summer as the star of the video. What was it like being naked for that long in front of so many people?
You know, I think it’s really important that women feel good in their bodies and that they’re confident. That’s really what this whole campaign is about: That women are getting sexier because they feel better about themselves and they’re able to express themselves. I think the video was a great platform for that. There was a female director, Diane Martel, who’s amazing and been in the business forever. She was on a bullhorn yelling at Robin Thicke and Pharrell “do this” and “do that” and it just kept the energy really high. She made me feel very comfortable and directed me to be really snide and sassy and confident. So it’s great.
One of the things I think was interesting about the video is the criticism it received. How do you respond to that criticism?
You know, I think nudity and sexiness has always been controversial and I think it always will. But I think there’s a humor in the video that’s really important, just like how the Axe campaigns about hot women have this very take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt humor. I think the way that we were sassy and confident in the video was something different than what a lot people thought. I think that because we were so confident, there was no way to perceive it as derogatory. But on the other hand, I really appreciate the people looking out for that kind of stuff. I think that criticism is totally valid, but if you look a little bit deeper there is something else there.
So… I’m sorry for asking about it, even though it was culturally relevant at the time? I — for one — still think you rule, Em. And I promise I’ll never ask you about “Blurred Lines” ever again.