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Debbie Gibson: Co-Star Katy Perry ‘Raising The Bar’ With ‘Last Friday Night’ Video

"I am a huge Katy Perry fan and was honored to be invited to join the party! Or, um, break up the party ...," Gibson tells Billboard.

Katy Perry‘s video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” not only sports cameos from such Generation Y stars as Rebecca Black, Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, but it also pays tribute to those who know that before it was the title of a Perry song, “E.T.” was a blockbuster movie.

’80s stars shine in “Friday,” including Corey Feldman, Kenny G and Debbie Gibson.

In the video, Perry assumes the identity of 13-year-old “Kathy Beth Terry,” the victim of a parent-free Friday night party gone too far.


At the clip’s end, “Terry”‘s parents – Feldman and Gibson – make an urgent return home. “I got some crazy text from ‘Uncle Kenny,’ who said he was gonna start playing the sax again,” says Feldman/”Kirk Terry.” “Can’t let that happen.”

The clip marks Gibson’s latest good-natured poke at her past. Earlier this year, she teamed with Tiffany in the Syfy movie “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.” (Gibson scored nine top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1987 and 1991, including the No. 1s “Foolish Beat” and “Lost in Your Eyes”).

The “Friday” video has totaled 8.8 million YouTube views since its premiere. “Friday,” the fifth single from Perry’s album “Teenage Dream,” bounds 31-25 with Greatest Gainer honors on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. (All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (June 16) on Billboard.com).

Via e-mail, Billboard spoke with Gibson about playing mom to one of pop’s biggest stars.

How did your involvement in the video come about?

I got an e-mail through my management from the casting director, Chad Ritterbach, and the co-director, Danny Lockwood. I am a huge Katy Perry fan and was honored to be invited to come on down and join the party! Or, um, break up the party …

What is your overall impression of the video and its ode to the ’80s?

It is amazing how current the extras looked. Everything has come full circle; nowadays, Rihanna is wearing shoulder pads, as is Fergie.

I love that it was shot on film and has the epic feel of an old Michael Jackson video, with an actual storyline. I commend the director, Marc Klasfeld, and Danny Lockwood for taking such care and Katy for raising the bar.

It is so easy to cut corners on a budget and throw any old thing out there, but this video really pays respect to video-making as an art form. It takes from the old and combines it with the new, making it so relevant.

Is it an honor to play Katy Perry’s mother, especially since you’re not really old enough to be in real life?

Yes! It is funny because I could have had an adverse reaction to hearing I would be playing the mom. I actually dress more like the kids who are at the party in real life!

I play a mom aged 35-40 and channeled my mom … right down to the look of the permed hair.

Hmm, where did your character’s first name – “Tiffany” – come from?

Ha! In case you have not heard, Tiffany and I are playing some concerts together this summer. So, when it came to coming up with my first name in the video, she was the first person I thought of.

It is a big wink-wink to the audience. (At least, to the children of the ’80s!)

Did you and Corey Feldman really “invent Fridays”?

Yes! The backstory is that we were teen idols and tried to hide our past so our daughter, “Kathy,” could grow up “normal”!

(I myself, if I ever have kids, will always make sure to hire a sitter on Friday nights …)