Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are not quite done celebrating their decade of friendship and musical partnership. Following last week’s release of the nostalgic video for Ed’s remix of his = (Equals) track “The Joker and the Queen,” the “Shivers” singer dropped a two-minute behind-the-scenes look at how the visual came together.
Director Emil Nava opens the BTS by excitedly heading to the star’s trailers on day one of the shoot, as we watch him push in on a classroom scene where we re-meet the main characters. The stars of the video and its new love interests are the same kids who starred in Sheeran and Swift’s 2013 project and first collaboration, “Everything Has Changed.” From elementary school kids in the first clip to rising college freshmen now, the decade in between has found the young actors growing into even more eerily accurate doppelgängers as they play college students preparing to enter different universities.
Nava fills the screen with candid shots of the actors and different angles, as well as a scene where he shouts what seems to be his on-set catchphrase, “What cookin’ in here?!,” as he busts into their Star Wagon to introduce himself to Jack Lewis and Ave Ames, with the former showing off his impressive juggling skills between takes.
On day two, Nava shoots a party scene and we get to see some of the sausage being made as the crew tries to make it a hype event with confetti cannons and hand-drawn signs promising the cast “you’re doing great.” We also see Nava sharing some downtime with Lewis, teasing him about a burrito order and giving him some tips on looking forlorn as he stares out a car window.
Watch the BTS video below.
Behind the scenes on The Joker And The Queen video shoot with @emilnava
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