Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears might be paying homage to the ’80s in their upcoming video for “Pretty Girls,” but that doesn’t mean that the rapper will pay tribute to the singer by busting out any dance moves in the video.
“I didn’t dance! She wanted me to. Since I was co-directing the video, the way I explained it was, it would be kind of obnoxious for me to direct a video and give myself a dance break as well,”Iggy told USA Today. “Like, ‘Here’s the video! And I gave myself a dance scene!’ I don’t know if it necessarily fits my identity, but I think Britney’s identity is really embedded in being a dancer, and that’s something she really wanted to do as well. So there’s a lot of dancing in the video, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily centered around that.”
The ladies filmed the video earlier this month in California and they were snapped on set looking very much 80’s chic. And while the video’s storyline is still a mystery, Iggy did teased that despite it’s wardrobe (which includes acid wash jeans and leopard-print spandex) the video isn’t just about looks from that bygone era.
“It’s a little bit more complicated than that. You know me, I like having a narrative. So if it was just like, ”80s!’ that would be kind of boring for me,” she said. “But what Britney made clear to me is that she really wanted to do a video where she got to dress up and play a character. That was really important to her and she liked a lot of the things I’ve done that were inspired by movies and stuff.”
Iggy has never been shy to have fun in her videos by putting her spin on classic characters including Cher Horowitz, so this time around she looked to Geena Davis as a reference point.
“I think she’s just like the ultimate ’80s pin-up hot, cool type of girl, so I told Britney to check her out, and she was like, ‘Yes, I love Geena Davis!'” she said. “So we based our characters on a lot of stuff like that, like Geena Davis and characters she played in a lot of her movies at that time period. But there’s definitely a narrative. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s quirky and funny.”
Fingers crossed this means that Beetlejuice might make a cameo.
In addition to the upcoming video, Britney and Iggy are coming to the 2015 Billboard Music Awards for the debut TV performance of “Pretty Girls.” The 2015 Billboard Music Awards returns to ABC on Sunday, May 17 at 8pm ET and will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.