The wait is over: Vulture today has your World Premiere! Exclusive! First Look! at the new video from Subtle Sexuality, the red-hot Scranton-based girl group comprised of The Office vixens Kelly Kapoor and Erin Hannon. Back in August, we were the first to tell you that the duo would be reuniting for a follow-up to 2009’s surprise hit “Male Prima Donna.” Then, in January, Kelly (okay, Mindy Kaling) broke the news to us that the new song was a Taylor Swift–esque country-pop anthem called “Girl Next Door.” Finally, the full video — along with a Behind the Music–style webisode about Subtle Sexuality — will premiere tomorrow on NBC.com. You, however, don’t have to wait to get a gander at Kelly and Erin’s latest production. We’ve got an advanced peek at the video and thought it appropriate to contact its auteur, Kaling, who directed the video and webisode, to delve into its intricacies.
So what inspired this reunion?
The inspiration … was that it had been months since Ellie and I had been able to wear cute costumes and be the stars of a music video where we didn’t have to share the set with anyone else in the cast. We missed that a lot, with all the Ray Romanos, Will Ferrells, Will Arnetts, etc., clogging up the joint.
How will this song rank in the Subtle canon?
I think “Girl Next Door” will be our greatest hit of all-time, like “Stairway to Heaven” for Led Zeppelin. “Girl Next Door” is a pop-country song with juggernaut crossover appeal, whereas “Male Prima Donna” (as everyone knows) was more of an arty, Tribe Called Quest–level hip-hop experiment.
What sort of preparation was required for the video?
As you can see from the Bridesmaids poster, Ellie has perfected the “hot scornful girl” look which drives people crazy. We utilized this to great effect. B.J. [Novak] has natural singing ability and takes direction very well, whether it be from me or Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds. For my own preparation as an actor, I did a very specific diet of a low-glycemic carbs, grilled fish, and a medium-sized dessert at every meal.
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