Petra Collins Portrays Teen Angst in Olivia Rodrigo’s Latest Video for ‘Brutal’
A few days ago, Olivia Rodrigo released the music video for ‘Brutal,’ the opening track on her debut album titled ‘SOUR.’ This angsty teen hit was an instant fan favorite, and, naturally, Olivia needed an epically delicious music video to accompany it. This isn’t the first collaboration between Rodrigo and well-known director Petra Collins, as they recently worked together for Rodrigo’s ‘good 4 u’ video. Collins kept viewers on their toes by the frequent wardrobe changes, Instagram filters, cameos, easter eggs, and nods to other famous singers throughout the video. Let’s break a few of these down, shall we?
Those who know the slightest bit about Olivia Rodrigo have probably learned that she is a huge Taylor Swift fan. This leaves us to wonder if the opening scene of ‘Brutal’ where Rodrigo falls to the floor after hurting her ankle while surrounded by dancing ballerinas mirrors Taylor Swift’s similar opening in her hit song ‘Shake it Off.’
Viewers with keen eyes may have taken extra notice of the easter eggs that were sprinkled through the comments section of the Instagram Live portion of the video. These comments referenced lyrics from other songs off of ‘SOUR,’ which included: “you’re a traitor!!!”, “hope ur ok” and “learn to parallel park.”
In her video, a couple of star-studded actors also accompanied the artist by acting alongside her in some of these angsty scenes. Lukas Gage (‘Euphoria,’ ‘The White Lotus,’ ‘Assassination Nation,’ ‘Love Victor’) served as her fellow newscaster while actor Nico Hiraga (‘Moxie,’ ‘Booksmart’) plays her early 2000’s-esque best friend during the bedroom scene.
There is certainly a lot to unpack in this two-minute and fifty-three-second-long video. Thanks to Petra Collins’s vision and Olivia Rodrigo’s artistry, this video already has over 7 million views on YouTube.
You can watch the video below:
Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR’ is currently streaming on all music platforms.
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