Selena Gomez's Many 'Bad Liar' Faces: 11 Other Videos Where the Star Plays Multiple Characters

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Selena Gomez "Bad Liar"

Most music videos are basically an excuse to play dress-up. Unless the artist is rocking it out on stage while pretending to play, most promo clips find a way to create a fantastical world where we can all escape from the daily grind for a few minutes. That goes a long way toward explaining why Selena Gomez plays nearly a dozen different characters in the throwback clip for her new single "Bad Liar." 

Stay-at-home mom, mustachioed teacher, dorky dad, 1970s pin-up-worthy basketball coach -- veteran child actor Gomez literally tries on a closet full of wigs in the Jesse Peretz-directed clip for the sensual single. But she's just the latest singer to try on multiple personas in a video, joining a long tradition of character-swapping clips from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, The Jonas Brothers, Eminem, Lily Allen, Beyoncé and, of course, the Foo Fighters, who never tire of putting on weird outfits, sometimes in the service of, yes, director Peretz.

Check out Gomez's clip and 11 of our other favorites:

Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly" (directed by Peretz)

Foo Fighters, "Everlong"

Mariah Carey, "Heartbreaker"

Eminem, "My Name Is"

Britney Spears, "Toxic"

Beyoncé, "Crazy in Love"

Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"

Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me"

Jonas Brothers, "Lovebug"

Katy Perry, "Birthday"

Lily Allen, "Our Time"