Music Video Cameos: Top 10 Hollywood-Goes-Country Clips
Jason Aldean once called Nashville “Hollywood with a touch of twang,” and Shawn Mullins deemed Los Angeles “kind of like Nashville with a tan,” so it’s only natural that the stars from each city would intermingle — personally and professionally. The Boot counts down the 10 country music videos with the most memorable celebrity cameos, from “Seinfeld”‘s Jason Alexander playing another lovable loser for Brad Paisley, to Heather Locklear getting cozy with Toby Keith.
10. David Arquette in Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait” Video
When the Flatts planned their perfect, wild Vegas trip — spoofing “The Hangover” — they enlisted numerous Sin City-dwelling celebrities, including Carrot Top, Wayne Newton and Penn & Teller. However, it was “Scream” actor David Arquette whom they asked to temporarily join their wolf pack and serve as the narrator (and groom) of their humorous tale. (Watch the video below.)
9. Kimberly Williams-Paisley in Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her” Video
It takes a lot of guts for a man to ask his girlfriend — who happens to be a gorgeous actress — to star in the music video for a song that lauds the choice of fishing over love. In 2002, that’s exactly what Brad did when it came time to cast the clip for his second career No. 1 song. Then again, it didn’t hinder the relationship between this “Father of the Bride” star and her singer-songwriter beau, who celebrated their nine-year wedding anniversary this past March.
For the most part, when a celebrity appears in a music video, it’s usually because they’re friends with the artist. That’s not always the case, though, as with this clip. Craig didn’t meet his love interest, the “Rizzoli and Isles” actress until they headed down that dirt road to film, but a friendship blossomed from the meeting, leading to the Tennessean’s appearance on Angie’s TV show.
7. Tyler Hilton in Taylor Swift‘s “Teardrops on My Guitar” Video
He played Elvis Presley in the Academy Award-winning “Walk the Line,” and has appeared in two separate country music videos — Taylor’s plus Gloriana‘s “Kissed You (Good Night)” — so does this singer-actor have a secret desire to be a country artist? Either way, we don’t mind watching as he flirts in the chemistry lab with Taylor Swift or builds up the courage for a first kiss while Gloriana harmonize in the background.
6. Jane Krakowski in the Dixie Chicks‘ “Goodbye Earl” Video
Long before her successful run on “30 Rock,” this star of stage and screen became acquainted with country audiences thanks to this not-so-lighthearted role as the victim of domestic abuse. The video includes numerous familiar faces, including lead singer Natalie Maines’ actor husband Adrian Pasdar, TV icon Dennis Franz and movie star Lauren Holly, but Jane takes the recognition because, let’s face it, who else could look that good with a black eye?
5. Heather Locklear in Toby Keith’s “Crash Here Tonight” Video
Toby Keith isn’t exactly a romantic kind of guy. But bring out candles, red wine and the gorgeous Heather Locklear, and he is oddly right in his sexy element. However, anyone looking for a beyond PG-rated clip won’t be too thrilled about this video’s ending.
He may be close to marrying into country music royalty, but nearly a year before he popped the question to Miley Cyrus, “The Hunger Games” actor appeared in this haunting video. The Australia-native shines in the black-and-white clip, even when the cold gets too much for him to burden alone.
3. Niki Taylor in Keith Urban‘s “Somebody Like You” Video
If ever there was someone who personified sunshine it would be supermodel Niki Taylor. She was the best person to be featured in this feel-good, summer love song, whether she’d been dating Keith at the time or not.
Women across the country are currently flocking to theaters to see Matthew McConaughey play a stripper in “Magic Mike,” but we’ll take him in a gorilla suit any day. The cameo reveal comes six minutes into this music video as you finally learn the dude in the gorilla suit, who has been walking the streets of Hollywood and Venice Beach all day, is actually the Texas-bred movie superstar.
1. Jason Alexander in Brad Paisley’s “Online” Video
A far cry from his 2003 appearance as an overzealous coffee drinker in Brad’s “Celebrity” video, Jason lives out the lyrics of this 2007 geek-anthem. Despite his “stats,” the “Seinfield” actor proves you don’t have to be 6’5” with six-pack abs to get Marcia Brady (aka Maureen McCormick), or to have Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler dance with you. Although, if you’re going to have William Shatner play Jason’s dad in the clip, shouldn’t he be a Trekkie instead of a “Star Wars” fan? Hmm, Brad?