“Maroon 5 is full of shit, stop sharing their damn music video.” – The Six Thirty.
Last week, Maroon 5 made waves on the interwebs with a new and real sweet (pun intended) music video for their latest single, “Sugar”. So sweet, it was shared across all social media platforms and has since clocked about 51 million views. You might remember us writing about it too.
Upon the release of the music video, which featured the band crashing unsuspecting and supposedly real weddings with performances, frontman Adam Levine said of the shoot in a press release, “It was an out of body experience. I had no idea I would be affected by the overwhelming reactions we received from the couples and guests. Being able to create an unforgettable experience for several people was the highlight of it all.”
He also told ET that it “felt good to surprise these people and make them happy”. But here’s the thing though – most, if not all, of the weddings, were faked. It was first called out when someone pointed out that one of the brides depicted was actually America Next Top Model’s Raina Hein.
A quick Google search and the browsing of Raina’s Wikipedia page will tell you that “Hein is the girl featured in Maroon 5’s music video for their single ‘Sugar’, off their 2014 album V.” She has also appeared in several other music videos such as Bon Iver’s “Calgary” and The 1975’s “Girls”.
We know what you’re thinking! “Maybe she got married and it was her wedding?”
She does, however, have a long-term boyfriend, according to her Instagram post. And he’s not the dude in the music video.
Strange, since a rep for Maroon 5 boldly told ET, “Only the grooms knew in each case. However they disclosed it to their bride and the wedding party, we’re not sure, but they all wanted it to be as equally a surprise as we did. They had stages set up for their actual wedding band already. All we did was some simple continuity changes to match each one as best we could.”
After which, music blog The Six Thirty took it upon themselves to debunk it further by noting that:
1. The groom in the first scene is actually actor Nico Evers-Swindell. He is an actor, known for “Edge of Darkness” (2010), “William & Kate” (2011), and “Parkland” (2013). Also, he has been married to Megan Ferguson since 29th Oct 2011.
When did Maroon 5 say they shot the “Sugar” music video again? Oh, yes, on 6th Dec 2014.
2. The guy who was completely flipping out upon realisation that Maroon 5 “crashed” the wedding is Eric Satterberg. He’s “one of the busiest commercial actors in LA, having booked 12 commercials in 2013 for a variety of major brands including Honda, Facebook, Ricola, Cars.com, Samsung and has a number already booked this year.”
We’re sure this includes being booked for the music video. Heh. Funny Twitter feed though, we must say!
3. The Asian wedding scene is fake and the Asian “parents” said so themselves. Known as 2Woos aka Stephen and Barbara Woo, they were paid actors and even took it to their Facebook page to confirm it. The post has since been taken down (NDA breach?) and for some reason, we can no longer find the duo’s “2Woos Actors Page”, but luckily, there’s a Google cache here and The Six Thirty managed to screenshot the original Facebook post:
2W00s have a legit “acting” website too, by the way.
It appears that the only truth there is to Maroon 5’s “Sugar” music video is that the band worked with director David Dobkin of 2005’s “Wedding Crashers” fame. That much we can guarantee. But even he let it slip via an interview with VH1 when he said of the project:
So we’ve known each other for a long time and always talked about doing something together but were never able to get our schedules lined up – he shot me an email saying, “Hey man are you available in November to do a video?”, and I said “Yeah!”
Again, when did Maroon 5 say they shot the “Sugar” music video? That’s right, on 6th Dec 2014.
In any case, we don’t know about you but staged or not, it’s still a pretty good idea and a pretty darn good music video. If you haven’t seen it, though we cannot fathom why over 51 million people have and you still haven’t, watch it here:
Still made you smile, didn’t it? Yup, thought so!
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, no, we still don’t know who this dude-who-had-the-most-epic-facial-expression-when-Adam-Levine-walked-right-past-him-in-the-kitchen is: