Former model Holden Nowell became well-known for his role as Carly Rae Jepsen’s crush in the “Call Me Maybe” music video. However, he wasn’t pleased with all the recognition.
In the video, Jepsen is crushing on her neighbor (Nowell) who she keeps seeing around mowing his lawn or fixing his car.
She decides to finally give him her number but in a plot twist he gives his number to her male bandmate.
In an interview for iHeartRadio Canada, Nowell, 29, says he got tired of being known as the “gay guy” from the video.
“The fact that they had to make me gay at the end of the video… it was all very… I didn’t like being known as the gay guy in the ‘Call Me Maybe’ video. It was just something I wasn’t used to,” Nowell says. “I was always the ‘Call Me Maybe’ guy, everywhere I went, and after awhile I got really sick of hearing that.”
He went on to explain that the end of the video was his idea. The original script called for Nowell to kiss the band mate but Nowell says he wasn’t comfortable doing that. Instead, he suggested he give his number to the player.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’m not going to kiss a guy, especially for $500.’ I said, ‘I really don’t think I’m comfortable kissing a guy for a music video,'” Nowell says. “I said, ‘You know what? What if instead of me kissing a guy at the end of the video, what if I just give a guy my number or something like that?'”
Nowell is also unhappy with Jepsen’s treatment of him after the video’s release. He alleges that he wasn’t paid promised royalties from the video.
“I personally don’t have anything positive to say about Carly Rae,” he says. “She won awards because of that video and she never reached out to me.”
Nowell now makes music under the name SixXx’Tre. His debut rap album “Fade II Black” was released on Wednesday.