Top 10 Country Music Video Cameos: Hollywood Goes Country
Jason Aldean once called Nashville “Hollywood with a touch of twang,” and rocker 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.
10. David Arquette in Rascal Flatts’ ‘Why Wait’ Video
When Rascal 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.
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 have been married now for more than a decade.
8. Angie Harmon in Craig Morgan’s ‘This Ole Boy’ Video
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 Morgan didn’t meet his love interest, ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ star Angie Harmon, 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 — this one 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. This Dixie Chicks 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.
4. Liam Hemsworth in Zac Brown Band’s ‘Colder Weather’ Video
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 from the Zac Brown Band, even when the cold gets too much for him to bear 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 Urban at the time or not.
2. Matthew McConaughey in Jamey Johnson’s ‘Playing the Part’ Video
Women across the country flocked 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. McConaughey famously got his start in Trisha Yearwood’s video for ‘Walkaway Joe.’
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?
What Are Your Favorite Country Music Video Cameos?
From the hilarious to the very serious, there are plenty of other mainstream actors who have appeared in country music videos. Did we miss your favorite on our list? Let us know in the comments section below!
This list was compiled by Erin Duvall, and revised by Sterling Whitaker.