Odeya Rush is wearing our striped double layer tank in this month’s Teen Vogue.  She’s starring in the upcoming movie, The Giver, alongside some people that, oh, I don’t know… you may have heard of like Meryl Streep & Taylor Swift.
http://wrenstudio.com/collections/all/products/double-layer-tank

Odeya Rush is wearing our striped double layer tank in this month’s Teen Vogue.  She’s starring in the upcoming movie, The Giver, alongside some people that, oh, I don’t know… you may have heard of like Meryl Streep & Taylor Swift.

http://wrenstudio.com/collections/all/products/double-layer-tank

A little something from the Wren screening room:
Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in stills from our film, Another 3 Women.  Inspired by a mash up of Woody Allen and Robert Altman films.  Watch the whole thing here A little something from the Wren screening room:
Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in stills from our film, Another 3 Women.  Inspired by a mash up of Woody Allen and Robert Altman films.  Watch the whole thing here A little something from the Wren screening room:
Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in stills from our film, Another 3 Women.  Inspired by a mash up of Woody Allen and Robert Altman films.  Watch the whole thing here A little something from the Wren screening room:
Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in stills from our film, Another 3 Women.  Inspired by a mash up of Woody Allen and Robert Altman films.  Watch the whole thing here

A little something from the Wren screening room:

Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Julia Restoin Roitfeld in stills from our film, Another 3 Women.  Inspired by a mash up of Woody Allen and Robert Altman films.  Watch the whole thing here

BEHIND THE SCENES, FIRST KISS EDITION: NATALIA BONAFACCI
My long time Los Angeles friend and, Natalia, answers my questions…
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
I guess getting a lot of love from friends and family from all over the world: to have them touch base with me, to hear how much they liked ‘First Kiss’ and how happy they were to find me in it, well, it felt quite special. At the same time there are a lot of jokes floating around. Last weekend I went to a party and this friend of mine, Lukas, had the “brilliant” idea to introduce me to everyone we met as the “kissing strangers gal”. I wanted to kill him, but it was endearing and funny at the same time. It’s actually a good conversation starter, until they actually do think you want to kiss ANY stranger. None of my old lovers has reached out to me commenting about it, but I did get funny proposals from old buddies of mine being like ‘Now I want to kiss you too.”. About some I didn’t care so much, but some messages made me blush. It’s weirdly flattering. WEIRDLY flattering. You might not believe me, but usually guys don’t really hit on me very often, so I had my “prom queen” moment. Although I DID freak out a bit about messages from strangers. I’m not a huge fan of chatting with people on the web without knowing them in real life. It’s just out of my comfort zone, I’m not made for that, I love a face to face.

2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
Mhm… Yes and no. I mean, my friends, or people that know me, have seen it. So they recognized me because they actually are my mates. Some of them really love to really tease me about it. It’s nice to hear that the people that know me really well tell me that I was really myself in the video, with no filter. Besides that, so far, not really, yet there are two episodes of strangers actually recognizing me. One was a bartender at a bar the other night in Silver Lake. The other was this woman at a party. She was staring at me for quite a bit before finally coming up to me and deciding to introduce herself. “You look so familiar, have we met before?” I told her “Maybe socially?”. She followed up with a million potential scenarios of where we had met. I’m usually coy about these things, but the conversation didn’t seem to have an ending, so I told her “Well, you know, there is this video going viral…” And calling her boyfriend she yelled “OMG! This is the girl from that kissing video we watched all morning!” I did wish Lukas could have been there for that.

3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I texted with Soko about it a bit, she’s a friend, and I ran into Justin (Kennedy) at a party last weekend, I’ve known him for years: we made jokes and we laughed about it and talked about the fact that none of us expected the phenomenon that followed the release of the short. That’s it, I think, as of now? As far as Karim (Saleh), my kissing partner, I haven’t seen him since the shoot. He did friend request me on Facebook though and we chatted a few times since.

4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well, you know, when I first got asked to be part of the project I was sooooo into it, it’s ridiculous. I mean, my nature is kind of instinctive to begin with. I just thought “I am not in a relationship, I love making out, who doesn’t? How hard can it be to kiss someone? YES, of course I wanna kiss a stranger!” Ok. At the time I didn’t realize that kissing an actual stranger is not the same as kissing a stranger that you picked yourself at a party after talking to him for a little at least. Also, I have kissed men on set in the past, but always for acting purposes, which is also waaaay different: you are protected by a different identity when you act. I did find that out the day of the shoot. The night before the shoot I was sharing the project with my mates over dinner and they all told me I was crazy. “What if you don’t like him?” “What if he’s 80 years old?” I told them to stop it and that I was cool with it. Well, I didn’t end up being as cool as I thought I was. The day of the shoot I woke up wanting to cancel because I just realized that I was incredibly nervous. The reason why I didn’t flake is because I like both you and Tatia so much, I had a commitment with you guys… Also, I guess, I really enjoy overcoming fear… In the end Karim had forgotten about the shoot, so he ended up showing up over an hour late. I’m really punctual, so I had a good amount of time to get more nervous and shy and giggly. He showed up and we introduced one another on set in front of five rolling cameras with a deep conversation: “Hi.” “Hi.” “I’m Natalia.” “I’m Karim.”. The rest of it you see it in the video: I kept laughing, and talking, and I was barely looking at him, and then I realized I had completely forgotten his name. It was nerve-wracking. Eventually, I was the one who leaned in to kiss him. I did feel really good afterwards though, I love feeling bold.

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
You know, it’s hard to figure out exactly why we were able to touch people’s hearts to such an amazing degree. It is true that all the “strangers” are pretty much good looking. It is true that Soko’s song ‘We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” and the lyrics are very touching. It is true that the black and white of the video makes it both nostalgic and romantic. I believe though, generalizing if I may, that in a world where people communicate via ‘whatsapp’, where people screen their phone calls before calling you back, where people flirt through Facebook or text-messaging, but then ignore one another face to face… In a world were we all tend to protect ourselves from a deep human contact, I imagine, that seeing vulnerability, true and pure vulnerabilty, because that is what it is portrayed in ‘First Kiss’ in the end, can be very touching. Maybe it gives hope? Also, a first kiss is something that we can all relate to. Most of us have given a first kiss. Many dream of it. Besides the people critiquing it insinuating it was a fake, there have been a lot of really nice words about the film. Someone even said “It made me believe in love again, it gave me hope.” And just because of that, I feel incredibly lucky to having been part of such an intimate project. It also really represents my own way of going through life, I’m the worst: I make a fool of myself ALL the time. Some people might think it’s embarrassing, but to me, it’s really the only way: being vulnerable it’s very different from being fragile.


6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning.
I’m a full-time model, I’m Italian, but when I am not traveling around the world, I live in LA, a city I love. Since January I’ve been taking acting classes, I’m studying the Meisner Technique twice a week. I really love acting. I’m the perfect LA’s walking cliché, model/wannabe-actress!! Besides that, I write. I have two interview columns for Milan based online magazine RedMilk Magazine, it’s bilingual (Italian/English). One is called A BEAUTIFUL TANDEM: it’s a window into the world of creative partnerships through video portraits. The other one is NATALIA MEETS: I have intimate Q&A’s with creative people I like. I just interviewed Tatia (Pilieva) for it, of course! My instagram (natalia_grazia_it) is connected to Italian magazine Grazia.it, where they feature my day to day visual diary. I also write articles for them every once in a while.


 
BEHIND THE SCENES, FIRST KISS EDITION: NATALIA BONAFACCI
My long time Los Angeles friend and, Natalia, answers my questions…
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
I guess getting a lot of love from friends and family from all over the world: to have them touch base with me, to hear how much they liked ‘First Kiss’ and how happy they were to find me in it, well, it felt quite special. At the same time there are a lot of jokes floating around. Last weekend I went to a party and this friend of mine, Lukas, had the “brilliant” idea to introduce me to everyone we met as the “kissing strangers gal”. I wanted to kill him, but it was endearing and funny at the same time. It’s actually a good conversation starter, until they actually do think you want to kiss ANY stranger. None of my old lovers has reached out to me commenting about it, but I did get funny proposals from old buddies of mine being like ‘Now I want to kiss you too.”. About some I didn’t care so much, but some messages made me blush. It’s weirdly flattering. WEIRDLY flattering. You might not believe me, but usually guys don’t really hit on me very often, so I had my “prom queen” moment. Although I DID freak out a bit about messages from strangers. I’m not a huge fan of chatting with people on the web without knowing them in real life. It’s just out of my comfort zone, I’m not made for that, I love a face to face.

2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
Mhm… Yes and no. I mean, my friends, or people that know me, have seen it. So they recognized me because they actually are my mates. Some of them really love to really tease me about it. It’s nice to hear that the people that know me really well tell me that I was really myself in the video, with no filter. Besides that, so far, not really, yet there are two episodes of strangers actually recognizing me. One was a bartender at a bar the other night in Silver Lake. The other was this woman at a party. She was staring at me for quite a bit before finally coming up to me and deciding to introduce herself. “You look so familiar, have we met before?” I told her “Maybe socially?”. She followed up with a million potential scenarios of where we had met. I’m usually coy about these things, but the conversation didn’t seem to have an ending, so I told her “Well, you know, there is this video going viral…” And calling her boyfriend she yelled “OMG! This is the girl from that kissing video we watched all morning!” I did wish Lukas could have been there for that.

3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I texted with Soko about it a bit, she’s a friend, and I ran into Justin (Kennedy) at a party last weekend, I’ve known him for years: we made jokes and we laughed about it and talked about the fact that none of us expected the phenomenon that followed the release of the short. That’s it, I think, as of now? As far as Karim (Saleh), my kissing partner, I haven’t seen him since the shoot. He did friend request me on Facebook though and we chatted a few times since.

4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well, you know, when I first got asked to be part of the project I was sooooo into it, it’s ridiculous. I mean, my nature is kind of instinctive to begin with. I just thought “I am not in a relationship, I love making out, who doesn’t? How hard can it be to kiss someone? YES, of course I wanna kiss a stranger!” Ok. At the time I didn’t realize that kissing an actual stranger is not the same as kissing a stranger that you picked yourself at a party after talking to him for a little at least. Also, I have kissed men on set in the past, but always for acting purposes, which is also waaaay different: you are protected by a different identity when you act. I did find that out the day of the shoot. The night before the shoot I was sharing the project with my mates over dinner and they all told me I was crazy. “What if you don’t like him?” “What if he’s 80 years old?” I told them to stop it and that I was cool with it. Well, I didn’t end up being as cool as I thought I was. The day of the shoot I woke up wanting to cancel because I just realized that I was incredibly nervous. The reason why I didn’t flake is because I like both you and Tatia so much, I had a commitment with you guys… Also, I guess, I really enjoy overcoming fear… In the end Karim had forgotten about the shoot, so he ended up showing up over an hour late. I’m really punctual, so I had a good amount of time to get more nervous and shy and giggly. He showed up and we introduced one another on set in front of five rolling cameras with a deep conversation: “Hi.” “Hi.” “I’m Natalia.” “I’m Karim.”. The rest of it you see it in the video: I kept laughing, and talking, and I was barely looking at him, and then I realized I had completely forgotten his name. It was nerve-wracking. Eventually, I was the one who leaned in to kiss him. I did feel really good afterwards though, I love feeling bold.

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
You know, it’s hard to figure out exactly why we were able to touch people’s hearts to such an amazing degree. It is true that all the “strangers” are pretty much good looking. It is true that Soko’s song ‘We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” and the lyrics are very touching. It is true that the black and white of the video makes it both nostalgic and romantic. I believe though, generalizing if I may, that in a world where people communicate via ‘whatsapp’, where people screen their phone calls before calling you back, where people flirt through Facebook or text-messaging, but then ignore one another face to face… In a world were we all tend to protect ourselves from a deep human contact, I imagine, that seeing vulnerability, true and pure vulnerabilty, because that is what it is portrayed in ‘First Kiss’ in the end, can be very touching. Maybe it gives hope? Also, a first kiss is something that we can all relate to. Most of us have given a first kiss. Many dream of it. Besides the people critiquing it insinuating it was a fake, there have been a lot of really nice words about the film. Someone even said “It made me believe in love again, it gave me hope.” And just because of that, I feel incredibly lucky to having been part of such an intimate project. It also really represents my own way of going through life, I’m the worst: I make a fool of myself ALL the time. Some people might think it’s embarrassing, but to me, it’s really the only way: being vulnerable it’s very different from being fragile.


6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning.
I’m a full-time model, I’m Italian, but when I am not traveling around the world, I live in LA, a city I love. Since January I’ve been taking acting classes, I’m studying the Meisner Technique twice a week. I really love acting. I’m the perfect LA’s walking cliché, model/wannabe-actress!! Besides that, I write. I have two interview columns for Milan based online magazine RedMilk Magazine, it’s bilingual (Italian/English). One is called A BEAUTIFUL TANDEM: it’s a window into the world of creative partnerships through video portraits. The other one is NATALIA MEETS: I have intimate Q&A’s with creative people I like. I just interviewed Tatia (Pilieva) for it, of course! My instagram (natalia_grazia_it) is connected to Italian magazine Grazia.it, where they feature my day to day visual diary. I also write articles for them every once in a while.


 
BEHIND THE SCENES, FIRST KISS EDITION: NATALIA BONAFACCI
My long time Los Angeles friend and, Natalia, answers my questions…
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
I guess getting a lot of love from friends and family from all over the world: to have them touch base with me, to hear how much they liked ‘First Kiss’ and how happy they were to find me in it, well, it felt quite special. At the same time there are a lot of jokes floating around. Last weekend I went to a party and this friend of mine, Lukas, had the “brilliant” idea to introduce me to everyone we met as the “kissing strangers gal”. I wanted to kill him, but it was endearing and funny at the same time. It’s actually a good conversation starter, until they actually do think you want to kiss ANY stranger. None of my old lovers has reached out to me commenting about it, but I did get funny proposals from old buddies of mine being like ‘Now I want to kiss you too.”. About some I didn’t care so much, but some messages made me blush. It’s weirdly flattering. WEIRDLY flattering. You might not believe me, but usually guys don’t really hit on me very often, so I had my “prom queen” moment. Although I DID freak out a bit about messages from strangers. I’m not a huge fan of chatting with people on the web without knowing them in real life. It’s just out of my comfort zone, I’m not made for that, I love a face to face.

2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
Mhm… Yes and no. I mean, my friends, or people that know me, have seen it. So they recognized me because they actually are my mates. Some of them really love to really tease me about it. It’s nice to hear that the people that know me really well tell me that I was really myself in the video, with no filter. Besides that, so far, not really, yet there are two episodes of strangers actually recognizing me. One was a bartender at a bar the other night in Silver Lake. The other was this woman at a party. She was staring at me for quite a bit before finally coming up to me and deciding to introduce herself. “You look so familiar, have we met before?” I told her “Maybe socially?”. She followed up with a million potential scenarios of where we had met. I’m usually coy about these things, but the conversation didn’t seem to have an ending, so I told her “Well, you know, there is this video going viral…” And calling her boyfriend she yelled “OMG! This is the girl from that kissing video we watched all morning!” I did wish Lukas could have been there for that.

3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I texted with Soko about it a bit, she’s a friend, and I ran into Justin (Kennedy) at a party last weekend, I’ve known him for years: we made jokes and we laughed about it and talked about the fact that none of us expected the phenomenon that followed the release of the short. That’s it, I think, as of now? As far as Karim (Saleh), my kissing partner, I haven’t seen him since the shoot. He did friend request me on Facebook though and we chatted a few times since.

4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well, you know, when I first got asked to be part of the project I was sooooo into it, it’s ridiculous. I mean, my nature is kind of instinctive to begin with. I just thought “I am not in a relationship, I love making out, who doesn’t? How hard can it be to kiss someone? YES, of course I wanna kiss a stranger!” Ok. At the time I didn’t realize that kissing an actual stranger is not the same as kissing a stranger that you picked yourself at a party after talking to him for a little at least. Also, I have kissed men on set in the past, but always for acting purposes, which is also waaaay different: you are protected by a different identity when you act. I did find that out the day of the shoot. The night before the shoot I was sharing the project with my mates over dinner and they all told me I was crazy. “What if you don’t like him?” “What if he’s 80 years old?” I told them to stop it and that I was cool with it. Well, I didn’t end up being as cool as I thought I was. The day of the shoot I woke up wanting to cancel because I just realized that I was incredibly nervous. The reason why I didn’t flake is because I like both you and Tatia so much, I had a commitment with you guys… Also, I guess, I really enjoy overcoming fear… In the end Karim had forgotten about the shoot, so he ended up showing up over an hour late. I’m really punctual, so I had a good amount of time to get more nervous and shy and giggly. He showed up and we introduced one another on set in front of five rolling cameras with a deep conversation: “Hi.” “Hi.” “I’m Natalia.” “I’m Karim.”. The rest of it you see it in the video: I kept laughing, and talking, and I was barely looking at him, and then I realized I had completely forgotten his name. It was nerve-wracking. Eventually, I was the one who leaned in to kiss him. I did feel really good afterwards though, I love feeling bold.

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
You know, it’s hard to figure out exactly why we were able to touch people’s hearts to such an amazing degree. It is true that all the “strangers” are pretty much good looking. It is true that Soko’s song ‘We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” and the lyrics are very touching. It is true that the black and white of the video makes it both nostalgic and romantic. I believe though, generalizing if I may, that in a world where people communicate via ‘whatsapp’, where people screen their phone calls before calling you back, where people flirt through Facebook or text-messaging, but then ignore one another face to face… In a world were we all tend to protect ourselves from a deep human contact, I imagine, that seeing vulnerability, true and pure vulnerabilty, because that is what it is portrayed in ‘First Kiss’ in the end, can be very touching. Maybe it gives hope? Also, a first kiss is something that we can all relate to. Most of us have given a first kiss. Many dream of it. Besides the people critiquing it insinuating it was a fake, there have been a lot of really nice words about the film. Someone even said “It made me believe in love again, it gave me hope.” And just because of that, I feel incredibly lucky to having been part of such an intimate project. It also really represents my own way of going through life, I’m the worst: I make a fool of myself ALL the time. Some people might think it’s embarrassing, but to me, it’s really the only way: being vulnerable it’s very different from being fragile.


6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning.
I’m a full-time model, I’m Italian, but when I am not traveling around the world, I live in LA, a city I love. Since January I’ve been taking acting classes, I’m studying the Meisner Technique twice a week. I really love acting. I’m the perfect LA’s walking cliché, model/wannabe-actress!! Besides that, I write. I have two interview columns for Milan based online magazine RedMilk Magazine, it’s bilingual (Italian/English). One is called A BEAUTIFUL TANDEM: it’s a window into the world of creative partnerships through video portraits. The other one is NATALIA MEETS: I have intimate Q&A’s with creative people I like. I just interviewed Tatia (Pilieva) for it, of course! My instagram (natalia_grazia_it) is connected to Italian magazine Grazia.it, where they feature my day to day visual diary. I also write articles for them every once in a while.


 

BEHIND THE SCENES, FIRST KISS EDITION: NATALIA BONAFACCI

My long time Los Angeles friend and, Natalia, answers my questions…

1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
I guess getting a lot of love from friends and family from all over the world: to have them touch base with me, to hear how much they liked ‘First Kiss’ and how happy they were to find me in it, well, it felt quite special. At the same time there are a lot of jokes floating around. Last weekend I went to a party and this friend of mine, Lukas, had the “brilliant” idea to introduce me to everyone we met as the “kissing strangers gal”. I wanted to kill him, but it was endearing and funny at the same time. It’s actually a good conversation starter, until they actually do think you want to kiss ANY stranger. None of my old lovers has reached out to me commenting about it, but I did get funny proposals from old buddies of mine being like ‘Now I want to kiss you too.”. About some I didn’t care so much, but some messages made me blush. It’s weirdly flattering. WEIRDLY flattering. You might not believe me, but usually guys don’t really hit on me very often, so I had my “prom queen” moment. Although I DID freak out a bit about messages from strangers. I’m not a huge fan of chatting with people on the web without knowing them in real life. It’s just out of my comfort zone, I’m not made for that, I love a face to face.
2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
Mhm… Yes and no. I mean, my friends, or people that know me, have seen it. So they recognized me because they actually are my mates. Some of them really love to really tease me about it. It’s nice to hear that the people that know me really well tell me that I was really myself in the video, with no filter. Besides that, so far, not really, yet there are two episodes of strangers actually recognizing me. One was a bartender at a bar the other night in Silver Lake. The other was this woman at a party. She was staring at me for quite a bit before finally coming up to me and deciding to introduce herself. “You look so familiar, have we met before?” I told her “Maybe socially?”. She followed up with a million potential scenarios of where we had met. I’m usually coy about these things, but the conversation didn’t seem to have an ending, so I told her “Well, you know, there is this video going viral…” And calling her boyfriend she yelled “OMG! This is the girl from that kissing video we watched all morning!” I did wish Lukas could have been there for that.
3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I texted with Soko about it a bit, she’s a friend, and I ran into Justin (Kennedy) at a party last weekend, I’ve known him for years: we made jokes and we laughed about it and talked about the fact that none of us expected the phenomenon that followed the release of the short. That’s it, I think, as of now? As far as Karim (Saleh), my kissing partner, I haven’t seen him since the shoot. He did friend request me on Facebook though and we chatted a few times since.
4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well, you know, when I first got asked to be part of the project I was sooooo into it, it’s ridiculous. I mean, my nature is kind of instinctive to begin with. I just thought “I am not in a relationship, I love making out, who doesn’t? How hard can it be to kiss someone? YES, of course I wanna kiss a stranger!” Ok. At the time I didn’t realize that kissing an actual stranger is not the same as kissing a stranger that you picked yourself at a party after talking to him for a little at least. Also, I have kissed men on set in the past, but always for acting purposes, which is also waaaay different: you are protected by a different identity when you act. I did find that out the day of the shoot. The night before the shoot I was sharing the project with my mates over dinner and they all told me I was crazy. “What if you don’t like him?” “What if he’s 80 years old?” I told them to stop it and that I was cool with it. Well, I didn’t end up being as cool as I thought I was. The day of the shoot I woke up wanting to cancel because I just realized that I was incredibly nervous. The reason why I didn’t flake is because I like both you and Tatia so much, I had a commitment with you guys… Also, I guess, I really enjoy overcoming fear… In the end Karim had forgotten about the shoot, so he ended up showing up over an hour late. I’m really punctual, so I had a good amount of time to get more nervous and shy and giggly. He showed up and we introduced one another on set in front of five rolling cameras with a deep conversation: “Hi.” “Hi.” “I’m Natalia.” “I’m Karim.”. The rest of it you see it in the video: I kept laughing, and talking, and I was barely looking at him, and then I realized I had completely forgotten his name. It was nerve-wracking. Eventually, I was the one who leaned in to kiss him. I did feel really good afterwards though, I love feeling bold.
5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
You know, it’s hard to figure out exactly why we were able to touch people’s hearts to such an amazing degree. It is true that all the “strangers” are pretty much good looking. It is true that Soko’s song ‘We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” and the lyrics are very touching. It is true that the black and white of the video makes it both nostalgic and romantic. I believe though, generalizing if I may, that in a world where people communicate via ‘whatsapp’, where people screen their phone calls before calling you back, where people flirt through Facebook or text-messaging, but then ignore one another face to face… In a world were we all tend to protect ourselves from a deep human contact, I imagine, that seeing vulnerability, true and pure vulnerabilty, because that is what it is portrayed in ‘First Kiss’ in the end, can be very touching. Maybe it gives hope? Also, a first kiss is something that we can all relate to. Most of us have given a first kiss. Many dream of it. Besides the people critiquing it insinuating it was a fake, there have been a lot of really nice words about the film. Someone even said “It made me believe in love again, it gave me hope.” And just because of that, I feel incredibly lucky to having been part of such an intimate project. It also really represents my own way of going through life, I’m the worst: I make a fool of myself ALL the time. Some people might think it’s embarrassing, but to me, it’s really the only way: being vulnerable it’s very different from being fragile.
6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning.
I’m a full-time model, I’m Italian, but when I am not traveling around the world, I live in LA, a city I love. Since January I’ve been taking acting classes, I’m studying the Meisner Technique twice a week. I really love acting. I’m the perfect LA’s walking cliché, model/wannabe-actress!! Besides that, I write. I have two interview columns for Milan based online magazine RedMilk Magazine, it’s bilingual (Italian/English). One is called A BEAUTIFUL TANDEM: it’s a window into the world of creative partnerships through video portraits. The other one is NATALIA MEETS: I have intimate Q&A’s with creative people I like. I just interviewed Tatia (Pilieva) for it, of course! My instagram (natalia_grazia_it) is connected to Italian magazine Grazia.it, where they feature my day to day visual diary. I also write articles for them every once in a while.

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: Z BERG
Total babe, and former Wren lookbook model, Z Berg on her experiences on the set of First Kiss and beyond




Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 


Mostly I’ve just received a barrage of emails and texts from the most random cast of characters.  A lot of people I went to high school with, people I dated briefly long ago, etc.  Nothing like someone you haven’t seen in ten years opening an email with, “nice make out!”  I suppose it’s not the worst way to be seen.  I do LOVE to make out.  Though, I was a little embarrassed at first to see how much more…pornographic my kiss seemed than a lot of the others!  The internet seems shocked that Corby and I are not now dating.


Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I know MOST of the people in the video, which was so funny to see, as I had no idea who else was participating.  Langley is my best friend, so I’ve probably seen her every day since.  Both of us kept texting each other over the course of the week going, “100,000, 600,000, 5,000,000, 20,000,000?? 60,000,000????? 60,000,000 people have watched us make out with strangers?!?” I texted Justin Kennedy to congratulate him on his kissing skills.  He said “I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role all my life!”


What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?


It was such a truly interesting and unnerving experiment.  The week before we filmed I couldn’t really stop thinking about it.  I was actually nervous about it.  And I don’t really get nervous about anything! That’s what made me want to do it in the first place.  I think that anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, anything that challenges, unnerves, or throws you off balance is usually worth doing.  Those are the moments that teach us about ourselves.


Why do you think people like the video so much?


It’s very difficult to capture REAL intimacy and REAL emotion on camera.  For some reason, putting us in a situation that is the opposite of intimate (meeting a stranger for the first time and being forced to kiss…in front of cameras!) forced us to be truly real and forge an immediate intimacy so as to survive the situation.  It’s an experience unlike any I’ve had before and I think that’s what makes it wonderful.


What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 


When I’m not making out with strangers on camera, I’m working on a new record with my band… and occasionally making out with strangers in real life.


Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?




Thanks for having me do it.  What a trip this was!  I’d never kissed someone on camera before!  Which is so shocking; how have I of all people never made a sex tape?!  Apparently I’m much smarter than I think.

xx
BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: Z BERG
Total babe, and former Wren lookbook model, Z Berg on her experiences on the set of First Kiss and beyond




Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 


Mostly I’ve just received a barrage of emails and texts from the most random cast of characters.  A lot of people I went to high school with, people I dated briefly long ago, etc.  Nothing like someone you haven’t seen in ten years opening an email with, “nice make out!”  I suppose it’s not the worst way to be seen.  I do LOVE to make out.  Though, I was a little embarrassed at first to see how much more…pornographic my kiss seemed than a lot of the others!  The internet seems shocked that Corby and I are not now dating.


Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I know MOST of the people in the video, which was so funny to see, as I had no idea who else was participating.  Langley is my best friend, so I’ve probably seen her every day since.  Both of us kept texting each other over the course of the week going, “100,000, 600,000, 5,000,000, 20,000,000?? 60,000,000????? 60,000,000 people have watched us make out with strangers?!?” I texted Justin Kennedy to congratulate him on his kissing skills.  He said “I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role all my life!”


What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?


It was such a truly interesting and unnerving experiment.  The week before we filmed I couldn’t really stop thinking about it.  I was actually nervous about it.  And I don’t really get nervous about anything! That’s what made me want to do it in the first place.  I think that anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, anything that challenges, unnerves, or throws you off balance is usually worth doing.  Those are the moments that teach us about ourselves.


Why do you think people like the video so much?


It’s very difficult to capture REAL intimacy and REAL emotion on camera.  For some reason, putting us in a situation that is the opposite of intimate (meeting a stranger for the first time and being forced to kiss…in front of cameras!) forced us to be truly real and forge an immediate intimacy so as to survive the situation.  It’s an experience unlike any I’ve had before and I think that’s what makes it wonderful.


What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 


When I’m not making out with strangers on camera, I’m working on a new record with my band… and occasionally making out with strangers in real life.


Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?




Thanks for having me do it.  What a trip this was!  I’d never kissed someone on camera before!  Which is so shocking; how have I of all people never made a sex tape?!  Apparently I’m much smarter than I think.

xx
BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: Z BERG
Total babe, and former Wren lookbook model, Z Berg on her experiences on the set of First Kiss and beyond




Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 


Mostly I’ve just received a barrage of emails and texts from the most random cast of characters.  A lot of people I went to high school with, people I dated briefly long ago, etc.  Nothing like someone you haven’t seen in ten years opening an email with, “nice make out!”  I suppose it’s not the worst way to be seen.  I do LOVE to make out.  Though, I was a little embarrassed at first to see how much more…pornographic my kiss seemed than a lot of the others!  The internet seems shocked that Corby and I are not now dating.


Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I know MOST of the people in the video, which was so funny to see, as I had no idea who else was participating.  Langley is my best friend, so I’ve probably seen her every day since.  Both of us kept texting each other over the course of the week going, “100,000, 600,000, 5,000,000, 20,000,000?? 60,000,000????? 60,000,000 people have watched us make out with strangers?!?” I texted Justin Kennedy to congratulate him on his kissing skills.  He said “I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role all my life!”


What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?


It was such a truly interesting and unnerving experiment.  The week before we filmed I couldn’t really stop thinking about it.  I was actually nervous about it.  And I don’t really get nervous about anything! That’s what made me want to do it in the first place.  I think that anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, anything that challenges, unnerves, or throws you off balance is usually worth doing.  Those are the moments that teach us about ourselves.


Why do you think people like the video so much?


It’s very difficult to capture REAL intimacy and REAL emotion on camera.  For some reason, putting us in a situation that is the opposite of intimate (meeting a stranger for the first time and being forced to kiss…in front of cameras!) forced us to be truly real and forge an immediate intimacy so as to survive the situation.  It’s an experience unlike any I’ve had before and I think that’s what makes it wonderful.


What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 


When I’m not making out with strangers on camera, I’m working on a new record with my band… and occasionally making out with strangers in real life.


Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?




Thanks for having me do it.  What a trip this was!  I’d never kissed someone on camera before!  Which is so shocking; how have I of all people never made a sex tape?!  Apparently I’m much smarter than I think.

xx
BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: Z BERG
Total babe, and former Wren lookbook model, Z Berg on her experiences on the set of First Kiss and beyond




Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 


Mostly I’ve just received a barrage of emails and texts from the most random cast of characters.  A lot of people I went to high school with, people I dated briefly long ago, etc.  Nothing like someone you haven’t seen in ten years opening an email with, “nice make out!”  I suppose it’s not the worst way to be seen.  I do LOVE to make out.  Though, I was a little embarrassed at first to see how much more…pornographic my kiss seemed than a lot of the others!  The internet seems shocked that Corby and I are not now dating.


Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I know MOST of the people in the video, which was so funny to see, as I had no idea who else was participating.  Langley is my best friend, so I’ve probably seen her every day since.  Both of us kept texting each other over the course of the week going, “100,000, 600,000, 5,000,000, 20,000,000?? 60,000,000????? 60,000,000 people have watched us make out with strangers?!?” I texted Justin Kennedy to congratulate him on his kissing skills.  He said “I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role all my life!”


What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?


It was such a truly interesting and unnerving experiment.  The week before we filmed I couldn’t really stop thinking about it.  I was actually nervous about it.  And I don’t really get nervous about anything! That’s what made me want to do it in the first place.  I think that anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, anything that challenges, unnerves, or throws you off balance is usually worth doing.  Those are the moments that teach us about ourselves.


Why do you think people like the video so much?


It’s very difficult to capture REAL intimacy and REAL emotion on camera.  For some reason, putting us in a situation that is the opposite of intimate (meeting a stranger for the first time and being forced to kiss…in front of cameras!) forced us to be truly real and forge an immediate intimacy so as to survive the situation.  It’s an experience unlike any I’ve had before and I think that’s what makes it wonderful.


What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 


When I’m not making out with strangers on camera, I’m working on a new record with my band… and occasionally making out with strangers in real life.


Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?




Thanks for having me do it.  What a trip this was!  I’d never kissed someone on camera before!  Which is so shocking; how have I of all people never made a sex tape?!  Apparently I’m much smarter than I think.

xx

BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: Z BERG

Total babe, and former Wren lookbook model, Z Berg on her experiences on the set of First Kiss and beyond

Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
Mostly I’ve just received a barrage of emails and texts from the most random cast of characters.  A lot of people I went to high school with, people I dated briefly long ago, etc.  Nothing like someone you haven’t seen in ten years opening an email with, “nice make out!”  I suppose it’s not the worst way to be seen.  I do LOVE to make out.  Though, I was a little embarrassed at first to see how much more…pornographic my kiss seemed than a lot of the others!  The internet seems shocked that Corby and I are not now dating.

Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I know MOST of the people in the video, which was so funny to see, as I had no idea who else was participating.  Langley is my best friend, so I’ve probably seen her every day since.  Both of us kept texting each other over the course of the week going, “100,000, 600,000, 5,000,000, 20,000,000?? 60,000,000????? 60,000,000 people have watched us make out with strangers?!?” I texted Justin Kennedy to congratulate him on his kissing skills.  He said “I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role all my life!”

What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
It was such a truly interesting and unnerving experiment.  The week before we filmed I couldn’t really stop thinking about it.  I was actually nervous about it.  And I don’t really get nervous about anything! That’s what made me want to do it in the first place.  I think that anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, anything that challenges, unnerves, or throws you off balance is usually worth doing.  Those are the moments that teach us about ourselves.

Why do you think people like the video so much?
It’s very difficult to capture REAL intimacy and REAL emotion on camera.  For some reason, putting us in a situation that is the opposite of intimate (meeting a stranger for the first time and being forced to kiss…in front of cameras!) forced us to be truly real and forge an immediate intimacy so as to survive the situation.  It’s an experience unlike any I’ve had before and I think that’s what makes it wonderful.

What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 
When I’m not making out with strangers on camera, I’m working on a new record with my band… and occasionally making out with strangers in real life.

Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?
Thanks for having me do it.  What a trip this was!  I’d never kissed someone on camera before!  Which is so shocking; how have I of all people never made a sex tape?!  Apparently I’m much smarter than I think.
xx
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Melissa Coker of Wren speaks to us about the role exploration plays in her brand and beyond…
Photos by Masha Maltsava for The Style Line
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Melissa Coker of Wren speaks to us about the role exploration plays in her brand and beyond…
Photos by Masha Maltsava for The Style Line

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Melissa Coker of Wren speaks to us about the role exploration plays in her brand and beyond…

Photos by Masha Maltsava for The Style Line

BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO 
Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?



weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 



3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 



4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?



well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?



Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 



6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)



I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..

What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?



well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more.. BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO 
Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?



weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 



3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 



4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?



well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?



Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 



6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)



I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..

What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?



well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more.. BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO 
Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?



weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 



3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 



4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?



well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?



Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 



6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)



I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..

What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?



well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more.. BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO 
Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?



weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 



3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 



4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?



well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?



Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 



6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)



I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..

What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?



well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more.. BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO 
Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?



weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 



3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?



I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 



4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?



well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?



Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 



6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)



I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..

What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?



well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more..

BEHIND THE SCENES EDITION: SOKO

Lovely Soko was not only a participant in the video but also is the singer of the song on the soundtrack.  Here, she answers my questions:

1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? (like the renewed success of the song et al)
Well.. interesting: yeah.. suddenly people are actually “insterested” in my music.. 2 weeks ago, i was just recording a new album in Venice produced graciously by Ross Robinson who just went in it because he believed in the project.. and we had not a clue how, where, who would ever put it out, and no ineterest showed from anyone AT ALL.. and then suddenly, all these major labels surround me and beg my friends to go meet them.. that’s pretty weird..
Fun : i get a lot of lesbian love.. which is awesome ! dream come true !
Cool : i’m booking amazing jobs that i never thought i’d ever have access to..
 
2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
weirdly enough, i’ve been recognized a bunch.. the funniest was when i was calling this rental car company Midway, begging them to lend me a car for a bit longer, they’ve let me borrow this awesome electric car by Chevrolet for a try for 2 weeks.. and i needed it to keep it longer.. straight up the girl on the phone was like ” i saw your first kiss video it’s amazing”.. i’ll see what i can do and see if you can keep the car one more week !”  haha ! so i guess that helped me getting a free awesome spaceship car for a bit.. pretty sweet present from life !
 
3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
I’ve been hanging out with Marianna a lot yes.. i really adore her to the max.. that was an absolute blessing meeting her that day.. now we want to make art together.. i want to be in her movies !
 
4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
well, first, it was EARLY.. 9am.. i’m NOT a morning person AT ALL.. i was the first one to go.. i had asked if i could kiss a girl rather than a guy.. i felt more comfortable this way, but i don’t remember it ever being for sure confirmed.. so i was a bit nervous..  then i was introduce to Marianna ” the girl you’re about to kiss”.. and she was really sweet and about as nervous as me.. and we were joking around and making friends.. avoiding to talk about the fact that we’re about to kiss with our morning coffee breath..
Then Tatia just asked us to get into the light.. in front of all these cameras.. and she said nothing else.. so we were not sure what we were supposed to do right away.. and asked ” are we supposed to kiss now ?” and yes.. we kissed.. we had no idea how long it was supposed to be or anything.. so we kissed for something that felt like an eternity but was probably only like 1 min ! and that was it.. wrapped ! out of here..
Then Marianna and i wanted breakfast and we went to hang out and spent a good part of the day together and became instant friends.. Then she admited to me that it was the first time she had ever kissed a girl.. which, kind of made this whole thing even more special..
5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
Because it’s so genuine and loving.. and shows people’s fear of the unknown, but at the same time, it’s still pretty exciting and challenging.. and i think it makes people wtaching want to DARE to do such things, and be “lovers” a little bit more.. promoting romance and love right there ! can’t go wrong with these coz they’re the best things about life.. !
 
6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning (yer album??)
I’m working on my second album, it’s produced by Ross Robinson.. i have a single coming out soon.. Still independantly, and hopefully i’ll find the right people / label to join my little musical family soon and make great things together and tour as much as possible..
i’m also about to direct a music video for a band.. and about to direct some of my own videos too..
and also booked 2 movies in France.. both lead roles with amazingly strong women characters.. both true stories.. both absolute roles of my life.. i feel very spoiled right now.. i work SO HARD, and it’s finally paying off.. but it’s that thing ” when it rains it pours”.. and i have to say, it’s a bit overwhelming.. BUT.. the most incredible thing ever..
so grateful for all of what is happening right now..
What did you think when I asked you to be a part / what inspired you to say yes?
I’ve been in a mind set where the more i say yes to things, the more awesome things come my way..  like the movie YES MAN ! hahaha ! 
so when you asked me to be in it.. knowing that you’ve always so generous and supportive of me.. how could i ever say no..?
and, although i wasn’t really revealed that much informations about the concept of the video, i know i was going to get my make out on.. and i’m always down for some kissing action.. Kisses and cuddles are my favorite things in the whole wide world !
and i’m always down to be a part of SPREADING THE LOVE !
7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?
well, you haven’t asked me why do i love WREN so much ? duh ! I LOVE YOU MELISSA.. you make women look truly beautiful !
and it was truly an honor to have you use my music in the video, before we even knew all the incredible opportunities that would bring.. so, i have nothgin but LOVE for you.. FOREVER..  and i hope we collaborate together on so much more..

BEHIND THE SCENES OF FIRST KISS WITH DAMIAN KULASH OF OK GO:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
A nice kiss, obviously.  
The entire world has come out of the woodwork.  It’s pretty crazy. OK Go has had a lot of very successful online videos, and I’m used to the slew of texts and emails from people I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years when one of them hits its viral stride.  But they’re always sort of framed by the fact that it’s my band — that’s my job.  This has been crazier, somehow, I guess because it speaks to a whole different audience, or because it’s a genuine surprise to see me in there.  My parents’ next door neighbors realized that the new chaplain at their kids’ tiny school had been a teacher of mine as a child, because all of them were independently bragging about how they knew someone in the video.  Really?  A teacher o mine from 20 years ago can still recognize me?  And is getting sent kissing videos? And that many people are talking about it at all times?




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?

No one has stopped me on the street or anything, but then again, this is L.A.  When are you ever actually on the street with other people?  Mostly, it’s been a sort of knowing smirk whenever I see a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  Or a coy text from someone whose number I forgot I had.   I am actually a little surprised in the other direction by the comments from our fans on our Facebook page and web site.  Most of them, it seems, didn’t notice it was me on a first pass.  I supposed context is everything, but even Tim, our bassist and my best friend since I was 11, said he didn’t realize it was me until he heard my voice.  I bet it’s because everyone’s looking at Nicole.  Girls are a lot more fun to watch.





3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?

Nicole and I went out to brunch after the shoot, which was at about 11 AM, and lasted less than 15 minutes.  It just seemed to weird to kiss someone and then shake their hand and say nice meeting you.  And we’ve texted a few times since, mostly about how insane it is to know that at any given moment (at least in those first few days) literally millions of people were watching us kiss — watching a weird moment that went by so fast, and has now been revived for thousands of hours of viewing.  
She’s a musician, too, so we’ve traded some rock n’ roll stories and such.  She’s working on an album that sounds like it will be amazing, so maybe Paracadute, the label we run will put it out.  That would be a hell of a weird start to a record contract, wouldn’t it?   Then again,  maybe not… I gather there are more than a few pop stars who kissed (and then some) their way up the industry ladder.  But I’m assuming not on camera, and in less innocent circumstances.
I should be asking you… weren’t we gonna have a wrap party?  It’s a little late for that, but you could throw a 70 Million party or something.





4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?

It was fast and awkward.  Clearly, the charm of the film is in watching people negotiate what a weird situation it is, so there was no direction, just: “Stand over there.”  “So are we rolling?” “Yes.” “So we should…um…  like…?” “Just do whatever comes natural.”  What I remember most distinctly is the end of the kiss.  Because if you’re making out with someone under more normal circumstances, after a few moments of introductory kisses, it probably escalates a little, gets more passionate, maybe involves other parts of your body.  And I remember thinking,  Do we do that now?  Or is that too forward and kind of rape-y?  Because I don’t know this girl, and I don’t want to assume anything here…. but then, if I stop now is that some kind of rejection?  And normally there are natural pauses as you’re sort of falling into your making out rhythm, so we paused, but then nothing is natural all of the sudden.  That’s when you might, in any other circumstance, look at your partner and try to figure out what they’re thinking, or where they want this to go, and how fast.  But if there are like 5 cameras and a wall of lights pointed at you, that little pause is suddenly a giant gaping hole in time.  And once you ask yourself, Wait, are we done?  Then suddenly it’s even more aggressive and maybe weird to grab the person and start kissing again.  So then it’s, wait, was that it?  did we just finish kissing?  Because we just started kissing…  But it’s definitely too weird once there’s a possibility that she now thinks we’re done kissing.  You definitely can’t dive back at this person you just met.   So all of the sudden, ok, thanks.. that was it.




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?

I think the video really captures the sweetness and the awkwardness of the moment.  And even though it’s a more constructed moment than most people’s first kiss, there are some universal things there.  The hesitation and the nervousness and the curiosity and anticipation.  Think about how often you see making out, whether its kissing or a lot more, on TV or in a film.  It’s everywhere, all the time, but it’s always basically serving you up the same stew of emotions: lust, confidence, passion, the satisfaction of urges.  And this is something so different.  The emotions that jump out are so much more complex and so familiar to us as humans, but so much rarer on screen.  It’s sort of like you have porn on one end of the spectrum.  Total fantasy where the singular emotion is lust and there’s no second dimension at all.  In the middle there’s romance in films and tv shows, where there may be more emotions involved, but it’s all still at a safe distance in the world of fiction, where we know we watch from our own little bubble outside.  And then on the far opposite end of the spectrum there’s this film, where all of these other dimensions of are so acutely present, and you know you’re watching something real.  Most people just really feel the weird awkward tenderness of it.   And then some just find it creepy, because it’s so much more voyeuristic than watching movie stars make out.   And then others find it revolting because they are homophobic.  




6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 

OK Go has a new EP coming out in June, and a full album in October.   We haven’t named the EP yet, but there record will be called “Hungry Ghosts.”  We’ve been working on these songs for an eternity, and we are so giddy and excited about getting them out into the world.  It’s the best record we’ve made. And of course, it means that I’m now launching back into making videos and all of the attendant stuff that comes with a record.  Let’s hope we can make a video that’s half as successful as this one.  We’ll be on tour starting July or so, and probably go for a long time.




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?

Not that I can think of.   If my responses lead to more questions, you know how to reach me.
D

BEHIND THE SCENES OF FIRST KISS WITH DAMIAN KULASH OF OK GO:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
A nice kiss, obviously.  
The entire world has come out of the woodwork.  It’s pretty crazy. OK Go has had a lot of very successful online videos, and I’m used to the slew of texts and emails from people I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years when one of them hits its viral stride.  But they’re always sort of framed by the fact that it’s my band — that’s my job.  This has been crazier, somehow, I guess because it speaks to a whole different audience, or because it’s a genuine surprise to see me in there.  My parents’ next door neighbors realized that the new chaplain at their kids’ tiny school had been a teacher of mine as a child, because all of them were independently bragging about how they knew someone in the video.  Really?  A teacher o mine from 20 years ago can still recognize me?  And is getting sent kissing videos? And that many people are talking about it at all times?




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?

No one has stopped me on the street or anything, but then again, this is L.A.  When are you ever actually on the street with other people?  Mostly, it’s been a sort of knowing smirk whenever I see a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  Or a coy text from someone whose number I forgot I had.   I am actually a little surprised in the other direction by the comments from our fans on our Facebook page and web site.  Most of them, it seems, didn’t notice it was me on a first pass.  I supposed context is everything, but even Tim, our bassist and my best friend since I was 11, said he didn’t realize it was me until he heard my voice.  I bet it’s because everyone’s looking at Nicole.  Girls are a lot more fun to watch.





3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?

Nicole and I went out to brunch after the shoot, which was at about 11 AM, and lasted less than 15 minutes.  It just seemed to weird to kiss someone and then shake their hand and say nice meeting you.  And we’ve texted a few times since, mostly about how insane it is to know that at any given moment (at least in those first few days) literally millions of people were watching us kiss — watching a weird moment that went by so fast, and has now been revived for thousands of hours of viewing.  
She’s a musician, too, so we’ve traded some rock n’ roll stories and such.  She’s working on an album that sounds like it will be amazing, so maybe Paracadute, the label we run will put it out.  That would be a hell of a weird start to a record contract, wouldn’t it?   Then again,  maybe not… I gather there are more than a few pop stars who kissed (and then some) their way up the industry ladder.  But I’m assuming not on camera, and in less innocent circumstances.
I should be asking you… weren’t we gonna have a wrap party?  It’s a little late for that, but you could throw a 70 Million party or something.





4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?

It was fast and awkward.  Clearly, the charm of the film is in watching people negotiate what a weird situation it is, so there was no direction, just: “Stand over there.”  “So are we rolling?” “Yes.” “So we should…um…  like…?” “Just do whatever comes natural.”  What I remember most distinctly is the end of the kiss.  Because if you’re making out with someone under more normal circumstances, after a few moments of introductory kisses, it probably escalates a little, gets more passionate, maybe involves other parts of your body.  And I remember thinking,  Do we do that now?  Or is that too forward and kind of rape-y?  Because I don’t know this girl, and I don’t want to assume anything here…. but then, if I stop now is that some kind of rejection?  And normally there are natural pauses as you’re sort of falling into your making out rhythm, so we paused, but then nothing is natural all of the sudden.  That’s when you might, in any other circumstance, look at your partner and try to figure out what they’re thinking, or where they want this to go, and how fast.  But if there are like 5 cameras and a wall of lights pointed at you, that little pause is suddenly a giant gaping hole in time.  And once you ask yourself, Wait, are we done?  Then suddenly it’s even more aggressive and maybe weird to grab the person and start kissing again.  So then it’s, wait, was that it?  did we just finish kissing?  Because we just started kissing…  But it’s definitely too weird once there’s a possibility that she now thinks we’re done kissing.  You definitely can’t dive back at this person you just met.   So all of the sudden, ok, thanks.. that was it.




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?

I think the video really captures the sweetness and the awkwardness of the moment.  And even though it’s a more constructed moment than most people’s first kiss, there are some universal things there.  The hesitation and the nervousness and the curiosity and anticipation.  Think about how often you see making out, whether its kissing or a lot more, on TV or in a film.  It’s everywhere, all the time, but it’s always basically serving you up the same stew of emotions: lust, confidence, passion, the satisfaction of urges.  And this is something so different.  The emotions that jump out are so much more complex and so familiar to us as humans, but so much rarer on screen.  It’s sort of like you have porn on one end of the spectrum.  Total fantasy where the singular emotion is lust and there’s no second dimension at all.  In the middle there’s romance in films and tv shows, where there may be more emotions involved, but it’s all still at a safe distance in the world of fiction, where we know we watch from our own little bubble outside.  And then on the far opposite end of the spectrum there’s this film, where all of these other dimensions of are so acutely present, and you know you’re watching something real.  Most people just really feel the weird awkward tenderness of it.   And then some just find it creepy, because it’s so much more voyeuristic than watching movie stars make out.   And then others find it revolting because they are homophobic.  




6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 

OK Go has a new EP coming out in June, and a full album in October.   We haven’t named the EP yet, but there record will be called “Hungry Ghosts.”  We’ve been working on these songs for an eternity, and we are so giddy and excited about getting them out into the world.  It’s the best record we’ve made. And of course, it means that I’m now launching back into making videos and all of the attendant stuff that comes with a record.  Let’s hope we can make a video that’s half as successful as this one.  We’ll be on tour starting July or so, and probably go for a long time.




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?

Not that I can think of.   If my responses lead to more questions, you know how to reach me.
D

BEHIND THE SCENES OF FIRST KISS WITH DAMIAN KULASH OF OK GO:
1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
A nice kiss, obviously.  
The entire world has come out of the woodwork.  It’s pretty crazy. OK Go has had a lot of very successful online videos, and I’m used to the slew of texts and emails from people I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years when one of them hits its viral stride.  But they’re always sort of framed by the fact that it’s my band — that’s my job.  This has been crazier, somehow, I guess because it speaks to a whole different audience, or because it’s a genuine surprise to see me in there.  My parents’ next door neighbors realized that the new chaplain at their kids’ tiny school had been a teacher of mine as a child, because all of them were independently bragging about how they knew someone in the video.  Really?  A teacher o mine from 20 years ago can still recognize me?  And is getting sent kissing videos? And that many people are talking about it at all times?




2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?

No one has stopped me on the street or anything, but then again, this is L.A.  When are you ever actually on the street with other people?  Mostly, it’s been a sort of knowing smirk whenever I see a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  Or a coy text from someone whose number I forgot I had.   I am actually a little surprised in the other direction by the comments from our fans on our Facebook page and web site.  Most of them, it seems, didn’t notice it was me on a first pass.  I supposed context is everything, but even Tim, our bassist and my best friend since I was 11, said he didn’t realize it was me until he heard my voice.  I bet it’s because everyone’s looking at Nicole.  Girls are a lot more fun to watch.





3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?

Nicole and I went out to brunch after the shoot, which was at about 11 AM, and lasted less than 15 minutes.  It just seemed to weird to kiss someone and then shake their hand and say nice meeting you.  And we’ve texted a few times since, mostly about how insane it is to know that at any given moment (at least in those first few days) literally millions of people were watching us kiss — watching a weird moment that went by so fast, and has now been revived for thousands of hours of viewing.  
She’s a musician, too, so we’ve traded some rock n’ roll stories and such.  She’s working on an album that sounds like it will be amazing, so maybe Paracadute, the label we run will put it out.  That would be a hell of a weird start to a record contract, wouldn’t it?   Then again,  maybe not… I gather there are more than a few pop stars who kissed (and then some) their way up the industry ladder.  But I’m assuming not on camera, and in less innocent circumstances.
I should be asking you… weren’t we gonna have a wrap party?  It’s a little late for that, but you could throw a 70 Million party or something.





4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?

It was fast and awkward.  Clearly, the charm of the film is in watching people negotiate what a weird situation it is, so there was no direction, just: “Stand over there.”  “So are we rolling?” “Yes.” “So we should…um…  like…?” “Just do whatever comes natural.”  What I remember most distinctly is the end of the kiss.  Because if you’re making out with someone under more normal circumstances, after a few moments of introductory kisses, it probably escalates a little, gets more passionate, maybe involves other parts of your body.  And I remember thinking,  Do we do that now?  Or is that too forward and kind of rape-y?  Because I don’t know this girl, and I don’t want to assume anything here…. but then, if I stop now is that some kind of rejection?  And normally there are natural pauses as you’re sort of falling into your making out rhythm, so we paused, but then nothing is natural all of the sudden.  That’s when you might, in any other circumstance, look at your partner and try to figure out what they’re thinking, or where they want this to go, and how fast.  But if there are like 5 cameras and a wall of lights pointed at you, that little pause is suddenly a giant gaping hole in time.  And once you ask yourself, Wait, are we done?  Then suddenly it’s even more aggressive and maybe weird to grab the person and start kissing again.  So then it’s, wait, was that it?  did we just finish kissing?  Because we just started kissing…  But it’s definitely too weird once there’s a possibility that she now thinks we’re done kissing.  You definitely can’t dive back at this person you just met.   So all of the sudden, ok, thanks.. that was it.




5 Why do you think people like the video so much?

I think the video really captures the sweetness and the awkwardness of the moment.  And even though it’s a more constructed moment than most people’s first kiss, there are some universal things there.  The hesitation and the nervousness and the curiosity and anticipation.  Think about how often you see making out, whether its kissing or a lot more, on TV or in a film.  It’s everywhere, all the time, but it’s always basically serving you up the same stew of emotions: lust, confidence, passion, the satisfaction of urges.  And this is something so different.  The emotions that jump out are so much more complex and so familiar to us as humans, but so much rarer on screen.  It’s sort of like you have porn on one end of the spectrum.  Total fantasy where the singular emotion is lust and there’s no second dimension at all.  In the middle there’s romance in films and tv shows, where there may be more emotions involved, but it’s all still at a safe distance in the world of fiction, where we know we watch from our own little bubble outside.  And then on the far opposite end of the spectrum there’s this film, where all of these other dimensions of are so acutely present, and you know you’re watching something real.  Most people just really feel the weird awkward tenderness of it.   And then some just find it creepy, because it’s so much more voyeuristic than watching movie stars make out.   And then others find it revolting because they are homophobic.  




6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 

OK Go has a new EP coming out in June, and a full album in October.   We haven’t named the EP yet, but there record will be called “Hungry Ghosts.”  We’ve been working on these songs for an eternity, and we are so giddy and excited about getting them out into the world.  It’s the best record we’ve made. And of course, it means that I’m now launching back into making videos and all of the attendant stuff that comes with a record.  Let’s hope we can make a video that’s half as successful as this one.  We’ll be on tour starting July or so, and probably go for a long time.




7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?

Not that I can think of.   If my responses lead to more questions, you know how to reach me.
D

BEHIND THE SCENES OF FIRST KISS WITH DAMIAN KULASH OF OK GO:

1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 

A nice kiss, obviously.  

The entire world has come out of the woodwork.  It’s pretty crazy. OK Go has had a lot of very successful online videos, and I’m used to the slew of texts and emails from people I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years when one of them hits its viral stride.  But they’re always sort of framed by the fact that it’s my band — that’s my job.  This has been crazier, somehow, I guess because it speaks to a whole different audience, or because it’s a genuine surprise to see me in there.  My parents’ next door neighbors realized that the new chaplain at their kids’ tiny school had been a teacher of mine as a child, because all of them were independently bragging about how they knew someone in the video.  Really?  A teacher o mine from 20 years ago can still recognize me?  And is getting sent kissing videos? And that many people are talking about it at all times?

2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?

No one has stopped me on the street or anything, but then again, this is L.A.  When are you ever actually on the street with other people?  Mostly, it’s been a sort of knowing smirk whenever I see a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  Or a coy text from someone whose number I forgot I had.   I am actually a little surprised in the other direction by the comments from our fans on our Facebook page and web site.  Most of them, it seems, didn’t notice it was me on a first pass.  I supposed context is everything, but even Tim, our bassist and my best friend since I was 11, said he didn’t realize it was me until he heard my voice.  I bet it’s because everyone’s looking at Nicole.  Girls are a lot more fun to watch.

3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?

Nicole and I went out to brunch after the shoot, which was at about 11 AM, and lasted less than 15 minutes.  It just seemed to weird to kiss someone and then shake their hand and say nice meeting you.  And we’ve texted a few times since, mostly about how insane it is to know that at any given moment (at least in those first few days) literally millions of people were watching us kiss — watching a weird moment that went by so fast, and has now been revived for thousands of hours of viewing.  

She’s a musician, too, so we’ve traded some rock n’ roll stories and such.  She’s working on an album that sounds like it will be amazing, so maybe Paracadute, the label we run will put it out.  That would be a hell of a weird start to a record contract, wouldn’t it?   Then again,  maybe not… I gather there are more than a few pop stars who kissed (and then some) their way up the industry ladder.  But I’m assuming not on camera, and in less innocent circumstances.

I should be asking you… weren’t we gonna have a wrap party?  It’s a little late for that, but you could throw a 70 Million party or something.

4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?

It was fast and awkward.  Clearly, the charm of the film is in watching people negotiate what a weird situation it is, so there was no direction, just: “Stand over there.”  “So are we rolling?” “Yes.” “So we should…um…  like…?” “Just do whatever comes natural.”  What I remember most distinctly is the end of the kiss.  Because if you’re making out with someone under more normal circumstances, after a few moments of introductory kisses, it probably escalates a little, gets more passionate, maybe involves other parts of your body.  And I remember thinking,  Do we do that now?  Or is that too forward and kind of rape-y?  Because I don’t know this girl, and I don’t want to assume anything here…. but then, if I stop now is that some kind of rejection?  And normally there are natural pauses as you’re sort of falling into your making out rhythm, so we paused, but then nothing is natural all of the sudden.  That’s when you might, in any other circumstance, look at your partner and try to figure out what they’re thinking, or where they want this to go, and how fast.  But if there are like 5 cameras and a wall of lights pointed at you, that little pause is suddenly a giant gaping hole in time.  And once you ask yourself, Wait, are we done?  Then suddenly it’s even more aggressive and maybe weird to grab the person and start kissing again.  So then it’s, wait, was that it?  did we just finish kissing?  Because we just started kissing…  But it’s definitely too weird once there’s a possibility that she now thinks we’re done kissing.  You definitely can’t dive back at this person you just met.   So all of the sudden, ok, thanks.. that was it.

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?

I think the video really captures the sweetness and the awkwardness of the moment.  And even though it’s a more constructed moment than most people’s first kiss, there are some universal things there.  The hesitation and the nervousness and the curiosity and anticipation.  Think about how often you see making out, whether its kissing or a lot more, on TV or in a film.  It’s everywhere, all the time, but it’s always basically serving you up the same stew of emotions: lust, confidence, passion, the satisfaction of urges.  And this is something so different.  The emotions that jump out are so much more complex and so familiar to us as humans, but so much rarer on screen.  It’s sort of like you have porn on one end of the spectrum.  Total fantasy where the singular emotion is lust and there’s no second dimension at all.  In the middle there’s romance in films and tv shows, where there may be more emotions involved, but it’s all still at a safe distance in the world of fiction, where we know we watch from our own little bubble outside.  And then on the far opposite end of the spectrum there’s this film, where all of these other dimensions of are so acutely present, and you know you’re watching something real.  Most people just really feel the weird awkward tenderness of it.   And then some just find it creepy, because it’s so much more voyeuristic than watching movie stars make out.   And then others find it revolting because they are homophobic.  

6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 

OK Go has a new EP coming out in June, and a full album in October.   We haven’t named the EP yet, but there record will be called “Hungry Ghosts.”  We’ve been working on these songs for an eternity, and we are so giddy and excited about getting them out into the world.  It’s the best record we’ve made. And of course, it means that I’m now launching back into making videos and all of the attendant stuff that comes with a record.  Let’s hope we can make a video that’s half as successful as this one.  We’ll be on tour starting July or so, and probably go for a long time.


7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?

Not that I can think of.   If my responses lead to more questions, you know how to reach me.

D

1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
Just a lot of attention from friends saying they saw me make out on camera.  2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
I have gotten a lot of fan emails from strangers but as far as real life goes, every thing is pretty much the same.  You do have a lot of people you haven’t seen or talked to in forever emailing/texting you saying they just saw “that kissing video”.3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
Well I mean my best friend Z is in it too so were going through it together.  I didn’t get my strangers number or anything after (I literally ran away) but he grabbed my email through instagram so I guess were kind of chatting.  No big life long schemes in the making though.  4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well the experience was super awkward as you can image.  I walked in not knowing who I was kissing, it really could have been anyone from the camera guy to the sound guy to the stranger outside walking on the street.  Then we were both standing in the front rolling cameras meeting for the first time expected to kiss “whenever were ready.”  I mean its quite the introduction, especially with 4 different cameras pointed at you, about 10 people starring at us, and complete silence other than our kissing smooches.  I would definitely say the it was somewhat surreal and overwhelming awkward.  I’m pretty sure you can see the fear in my eyes at the end when I’m smiling- my smile is saying “get me the fuck out of here!” and instead I say “do we make out again?”. 

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
The video is an honest display of two people meeting for the first time and sharing a kiss.  A first kiss is already hard and most of us do it after maybe a couple of drinks or in some nervous situation where you want it to happen but you don’t know if it will.  I mean we all love kissing because its magical and fun and something that you want to do all the time but you really can’t go up to people, even that you know, and be like “wanna make out?”.  This experience kind of eliminates all the bull shit and allows your to just experience someone somewhat intimately right off the bat.  I feel like the only part that made it mostly awkward were that cameras and people were watching us, but really it is such a beautiful concept of honesty and human relationship.  Its intimate without being sexual.  It was also put together so beautifully, from the black and white to Soko’s song.6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 
I’m doing a couple things! I have a sock collaboration with Stance in the works, maybe some more teeshirt illustrations in the making (note my shirt in the kissing video is my Kitty Stardust drawing with Wren!), and many commission drawings on the horizon.7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?
Not that I’m aware of =) 1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
Just a lot of attention from friends saying they saw me make out on camera.  2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
I have gotten a lot of fan emails from strangers but as far as real life goes, every thing is pretty much the same.  You do have a lot of people you haven’t seen or talked to in forever emailing/texting you saying they just saw “that kissing video”.3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
Well I mean my best friend Z is in it too so were going through it together.  I didn’t get my strangers number or anything after (I literally ran away) but he grabbed my email through instagram so I guess were kind of chatting.  No big life long schemes in the making though.  4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well the experience was super awkward as you can image.  I walked in not knowing who I was kissing, it really could have been anyone from the camera guy to the sound guy to the stranger outside walking on the street.  Then we were both standing in the front rolling cameras meeting for the first time expected to kiss “whenever were ready.”  I mean its quite the introduction, especially with 4 different cameras pointed at you, about 10 people starring at us, and complete silence other than our kissing smooches.  I would definitely say the it was somewhat surreal and overwhelming awkward.  I’m pretty sure you can see the fear in my eyes at the end when I’m smiling- my smile is saying “get me the fuck out of here!” and instead I say “do we make out again?”. 

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
The video is an honest display of two people meeting for the first time and sharing a kiss.  A first kiss is already hard and most of us do it after maybe a couple of drinks or in some nervous situation where you want it to happen but you don’t know if it will.  I mean we all love kissing because its magical and fun and something that you want to do all the time but you really can’t go up to people, even that you know, and be like “wanna make out?”.  This experience kind of eliminates all the bull shit and allows your to just experience someone somewhat intimately right off the bat.  I feel like the only part that made it mostly awkward were that cameras and people were watching us, but really it is such a beautiful concept of honesty and human relationship.  Its intimate without being sexual.  It was also put together so beautifully, from the black and white to Soko’s song.6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 
I’m doing a couple things! I have a sock collaboration with Stance in the works, maybe some more teeshirt illustrations in the making (note my shirt in the kissing video is my Kitty Stardust drawing with Wren!), and many commission drawings on the horizon.7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?
Not that I’m aware of =) 1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 
Just a lot of attention from friends saying they saw me make out on camera.  2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
I have gotten a lot of fan emails from strangers but as far as real life goes, every thing is pretty much the same.  You do have a lot of people you haven’t seen or talked to in forever emailing/texting you saying they just saw “that kissing video”.3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
Well I mean my best friend Z is in it too so were going through it together.  I didn’t get my strangers number or anything after (I literally ran away) but he grabbed my email through instagram so I guess were kind of chatting.  No big life long schemes in the making though.  4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well the experience was super awkward as you can image.  I walked in not knowing who I was kissing, it really could have been anyone from the camera guy to the sound guy to the stranger outside walking on the street.  Then we were both standing in the front rolling cameras meeting for the first time expected to kiss “whenever were ready.”  I mean its quite the introduction, especially with 4 different cameras pointed at you, about 10 people starring at us, and complete silence other than our kissing smooches.  I would definitely say the it was somewhat surreal and overwhelming awkward.  I’m pretty sure you can see the fear in my eyes at the end when I’m smiling- my smile is saying “get me the fuck out of here!” and instead I say “do we make out again?”. 

5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
The video is an honest display of two people meeting for the first time and sharing a kiss.  A first kiss is already hard and most of us do it after maybe a couple of drinks or in some nervous situation where you want it to happen but you don’t know if it will.  I mean we all love kissing because its magical and fun and something that you want to do all the time but you really can’t go up to people, even that you know, and be like “wanna make out?”.  This experience kind of eliminates all the bull shit and allows your to just experience someone somewhat intimately right off the bat.  I feel like the only part that made it mostly awkward were that cameras and people were watching us, but really it is such a beautiful concept of honesty and human relationship.  Its intimate without being sexual.  It was also put together so beautifully, from the black and white to Soko’s song.6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 
I’m doing a couple things! I have a sock collaboration with Stance in the works, maybe some more teeshirt illustrations in the making (note my shirt in the kissing video is my Kitty Stardust drawing with Wren!), and many commission drawings on the horizon.7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?
Not that I’m aware of =)

1 Anything fun or cool or interesting come from being in the video? 

Just a lot of attention from friends saying they saw me make out on camera.  
2 Have you been recognized by anyone from the video or any funny stories related to that?
I have gotten a lot of fan emails from strangers but as far as real life goes, every thing is pretty much the same.  You do have a lot of people you haven’t seen or talked to in forever emailing/texting you saying they just saw “that kissing video”.
3 Have you seen or talked to anyone else that was in the video since?  Your kissing partner or otherwise?
Well I mean my best friend Z is in it too so were going through it together.  I didn’t get my strangers number or anything after (I literally ran away) but he grabbed my email through instagram so I guess were kind of chatting.  No big life long schemes in the making though.  
4 What was the experience like being on the set / filmed?
Well the experience was super awkward as you can image.  I walked in not knowing who I was kissing, it really could have been anyone from the camera guy to the sound guy to the stranger outside walking on the street.  Then we were both standing in the front rolling cameras meeting for the first time expected to kiss “whenever were ready.”  I mean its quite the introduction, especially with 4 different cameras pointed at you, about 10 people starring at us, and complete silence other than our kissing smooches.  I would definitely say the it was somewhat surreal and overwhelming awkward.  I’m pretty sure you can see the fear in my eyes at the end when I’m smiling- my smile is saying “get me the fuck out of here!” and instead I say “do we make out again?”. 
5 Why do you think people like the video so much?
The video is an honest display of two people meeting for the first time and sharing a kiss.  A first kiss is already hard and most of us do it after maybe a couple of drinks or in some nervous situation where you want it to happen but you don’t know if it will.  I mean we all love kissing because its magical and fun and something that you want to do all the time but you really can’t go up to people, even that you know, and be like “wanna make out?”.  This experience kind of eliminates all the bull shit and allows your to just experience someone somewhat intimately right off the bat.  I feel like the only part that made it mostly awkward were that cameras and people were watching us, but really it is such a beautiful concept of honesty and human relationship.  Its intimate without being sexual.  It was also put together so beautifully, from the black and white to Soko’s song.
6 What are you up to next?  Any work or personal stuff you feel like mentioning 
I’m doing a couple things! I have a sock collaboration with Stance in the works, maybe some more teeshirt illustrations in the making (note my shirt in the kissing video is my Kitty Stardust drawing with Wren!), and many commission drawings on the horizon.
7 Anything awesome I’m forgetting or not touching on?

Not that I’m aware of =)

You asked for it!  For the first time, the unedited, behind the scenes of First Kiss from the mouths of the performers themselves.  Starting out with Langley Fox, pictured above in the collaboration tee we did together & she wore in the video.  It will be for sale soon and benefits NKLA, No Kill Los Angeles animal shelters.  Meow.