It-Girl Video Director Hannah Lux Davis Dishes on Working With Miley, Drake and Ariana Grande

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Hannah Lux Davis and Miley Cyrus on the set of the video shoot for "23."

You may not know her name, but Hannah Lux Davis is rapidly becoming one of the most in-demand music video directors. Fresh off her visuals for Ariana Grande and The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder," the 28-year-old explains what it's like to work with some of pop's biggest stars.

Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future - "Love Me"
"Drake didn't know I was a female," says Davis of the rapper, who did a double take when he walked on-set. "I watched the moment it happened — he was like, ‘Oh.' It was funny. This video put me in a position where people were like, ‘Who is that?'"

Jason Derulo"Marry Me"
Davis enlisted Derulo's then-girlfriend Jordin Sparks as the love interest in this doe-eyed clip. "He named it ‘Marry Me,' so we were like, ‘Oh, my God — is he going to propose on-set?' Obviously, that didn't happen."

Mike WiLL Made It featuring Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa - "23"
Cyrus may be pop's resident bad girl, but Davis saw her more professional side. "She was there the whole day of shooting, even though she didn't need to be," says Davis. "Her energy on-set was great — so personable, so easy."

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj  - "Bang Bang"
Balancing three divas in one video was no easy task for Davis. "Politically, we had to make sure everybody had the proper amount of screen time and attention," she says. But the ladies played nice: "There were no weird explosions."

Tinashe featuring ScHoolboy Q"2 On"
Davis has been down with Tinashe since she directed for the singer's old group The Stunners — and saw her talent back then. "She's the next Beyoncé," says Davis. "‘2 On' shows her performing like the f—ing star she is."

This story originally appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of Billboard.


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