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Demi Lovato explains her absence in video for Made In The USA

July 19th, 2013


Demi Lovato debuted her latest video Made In the USA on Wednesday and one thing seemed to be missing – Demi. The X Factor judge decided to take the reigns behind the camera for her second video off her 2013 disc Demi, appearing only briefly throughout the four and a half minute clip.

Demi talked to MTV about her decision stay in the background of Made In the USA, which focuses on a love story between actors Dustin Milligan and Aimee Teegarden, saying “I want people to connect with the characters, and I actually didn’t want to be in it at all.”

Lovato planned to be completely absent from the footage, but not surprisingly the international pop star’s label insisted Demi appear in the vid. Demi explained “I wanted to be all behind the camera, and then my label and everyone was like, ‘You have to be in the video, it’s your song.’ So, I was like, ‘Alright, fine, I’ll be in the video.’ And that’s why it’s just a few performance shots, and I also wanted to tie the performance into how they met.”

The emotional video begins with the couple meeting at a State fair and later being separated when Milligan’s character is sent overseas to fight in Afghanistan for the US Army. Demi told MTV that the war scenes were her favourite to shoot, saying “When he (Dustin) was fighting in Afghanistan, the shots are really close up on his face, and he is hiding behind something, and he is fully loaded, and he’s in the middle of a war, and it was really great.” Demi continued, praising the Canadian actor, saying “Dustin is such a good actor, and he was crying, and there were bombs going off and everything. That was just the coolest scene because that scene looks like it’s from a movie, so I was really excited.”

Lovato says that she is interested in directing more videos not only for herself, but for other artists as well. Check out Demi Lovato’s directing debut for Made In The USA below.


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