“Maybe distance is a good thing,” Hunter Hayes‘ pretend girlfriend says to him over the phone at the start of his new music video for “I Want Crazy.”
“I’ve heard people say that,” Hayes responds. “I don’t buy it.”
Filmed in St. John, New Brunswick (Canada), Hayes explained how the video is supposed to embody a fun, summer vibe despite being shot on a rainy 40 degree day.
“This was my first time getting to shoot a video with a storyline,” he said in a behind-the-scenes clip (below). “This was my acting debut. This is my first time really getting into a character. It was awkward to act with someone I never met.”
But, Hayes got the hang of it pretty quickly.
“I relate to the song because I wrote the song,” he said. “I’ve totally been there in some form or fashion lived something like this.”
The song is about a long distance relationship and the difficulties in making it work. In the video (below), Hayes proves he knows just how to keep the magic alive as he charters a plane home to meet his girlfriend.
“It’s about the crazy things you do when you’re crazy about them,” he said. “We wanted the video to reflect that, that out of character characteristic of a person in love.”
In between breaking into swimming pools and surprising his girl on her front porch, Hayes convinces us all that sometimes a little crazy is a good thing.
“I don’t want good and I don’t want good enough/I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love,” he sings. “I don’t want easy, I want crazy.”