Holden Nowell, known to the world for his role as Carly Rae Jepsen’s crush in her iconic “Call Me Maybe” music video, doesn’t like being known to the world for that role. In an interview with iHeartRadio.ca, Nowell said he doesn’t like being known for his part in the video, especially because he played gay.
“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,” Nowell said.
The memorable twist of the video is that Nowell’s character turns out to be interested in Carly’s guitar player. According to Nowell, the original storyline included him kissing a guy at the end, but he didn’t want to do it. Instead, he convinced the production team to change the ending so that he only gave the guitarist his phone number.
Nowell says that the industry has a lot of “gay for pay” predatory behavior that he disagrees with.
“They pimp you out. You’re basically a Geisha girl,” He said. “I think people should be allowed to love who they want to love, but I love women. There’s no amount of money, no amount of fame that could ever make me… I couldn’t do something that didn’t feel right in my soul.”
Holden Nowell’s Instagram is… a thing. According to the iHeartRadio article, Nowel “has quoted Adolf Hitler, shared conspiracy theories about mass shootings, and used ‘gay’ as a pejorative.” I also found him making fun of a fat man at his gym who he clearly photographed without consent, and there’s a caption hashtag where he uses the n-word.
Nowell is now trying to start his rap career under the name “SixXx’Tre” and he just released his album Fade 2 Black on Spotify and iTunes.