Electronic music fans and science-fiction kids often overlap, as they do in M83’s new video for “Claudia Lewis,” which features actors Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments) as a blue-haired teen alien and Isreal Broussard (The Bling Ring) as an earthling high schooler.
The clip was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard as part of the MTV’s collaborative Supervideo series — which, you may recall, had previously united Drew Barrymore and Best Coast for a video that featured Chloë Grace Moretz, Alix Shawkat, and Donald Glover. We spoke to Howard — acclaimed for her acting in films like The Help, Twilight, and 50/50 but also as a budding director (it runs in the family) — about her role in the project, from casting Collins for the project to getting the video’s ’80s-movie look just right.
EW: So how did you decide on this song?
Bryce Dallas Howard: The coolest thing that happened: they [at MTV] said, “What kind of music do you listen? Who are your favorite bands? Do you have a particular song that you’d like to bring to life?” There was no list — it was like, of all the songs you could do, which would it be? And that’s the best question you could ever ask a young filmmaker. And M83 is hands down my favorite band. I’d specifically homed in on this song ‘Claudia Lewis’ very early on. It was an amazing day to get to actually meet Anthony [Gonzalez] of M83 and say, “Could we do this?’”And he said “Yes!”