If you live in an apartment in New York and have had reason to go out recently, check your Ring doorbell camera footage – you may have missed a knock on the door. Harry Styles and James Cordon.
In a segment for “The Late Late Show with James Cordenwhich aired Thursday night, James Corden offers his directorial look at Harry Styles for the pop star’s ‘Daylight’ music video, from his third studio album ‘Harry’s House’.
In the skit, the couple begin their journey by knocking on random apartment doors on a residential New York street, where they get an “I’m about to leave for the day” and another rejection from a woman who – despite the crowd of people taking photos of Styles behind her – kindly refuses access to the pop star and late-night host.
“I thought it would be easier Harry, I have to be honest – I thought your face would open a lot of doors,” Corden says, as the duo and their stumbling film crew continue their search.
Finally, the couple rushes into an apartment under the guise of a pizza delivery, which leads them to the front door of four lucky Styles fans: Isabel, Caroline, Hadley and Sydney.
As Styles hides in the hallway, the girls greet Corden, who asks their permission to film inside their apartment, to which they reply, “Of course!” Corden then takes Styles’ hand, pulls him into the door frame and reveals him to the girls who all cover their mouths in disbelief.
Variety spoke with the girls before the Styles episode aired, and to say they were excited is an understatement.
“If we knew [they were stopping by] we would have at least brushed our hair! they said, recounting that fateful afternoon after work when their doorbell rang to reveal Styles and Corden.
What was just a three-hour shoot heralded a major series of events for the girls who say Styles was in good spirits – despite their flat not having air conditioning.
“He also made sure we were taken care of! He said, “Make sure the girls have water too,” they say between laughs, recalling details of their off-camera conversations about work and birthdays.
To begin filming, the girls take Camp Styles on a tour of their spacious New York apartment (see it to believe it), but make sure the star is seated out of Hadley’s bedroom, as it was littered with memories One Direction and even a drawing of Styles in Harry Potter.
“I can’t stop thinking about all the things I wish I had said to him,” recalled Hadley, a longtime fan of the boy band. “But now I’ve written down a list of all the things I would tell her if it ever happened again.”
What Styles didn’t miss, however, was a photo hanging on the wall of roommates with late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon. “If we had known, we could have hidden it,” Caroline jokes, to which Corden replies, “I decide not to take it personally.”
In preparation for the music video, Corden instructs the girls to “call some friends, but don’t get crazy” for the party scenes in the video, while he organizes the rest of the music video stills.
“I was in a Christopher Nolan movie…” Styles starts to say, pointing to the girls’ bathroom, “and now it’s my dressing room.”
Corden also orders the singer to walk down a hallway with the instruction, “Give me old Mick Jagger,” to which Styles musters his best impression of Jagger — mouth agape and hands up — before moving on to, “ Give me young Mick Jagger!”
Corden didn’t just pull off creative accomplishments — he also took it upon himself to handle the stunts, stepping out in a head-to-toe green-screen bodysuit to film Styles in his aforementioned sparkly suit on the rooftop, very literally after the opening song line, “I’m on a roof.”
Styles shook hands with all of the girls’ friends who had arrived to act as extras for the party scenes and were directed by Corden, “Don’t treat him like he’s Harry Styles, treat him like someone whose name is Chris.”
The girls say the party scenes were “very real” because the album hadn’t been released yet and listening to “Daylight” was more than a treat. “Harry was also very moody,” one of the girls recalled, referring to the stuffy party scene in the living room.
The segment ends with the premiere of the “Late Late Show and James Corden Production”, a three-minute music video (which only cost Corden $300) that features several cameos from the four girls and of course, features the singer. smiling himself.
Watch the full segment below.
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