On Sunday, Kelly Preston passed away after a long illness.
I should admit that I haven’t seen any of Ms. Preston’s movies, but one smaller piece of her work stays with me when no one else mentions it. It may be the only thing I’ve seen her in, too.
In the early 2000s, Maroon 5 released the hit record She Will Be Loved. The lyrics concern a man’s interest in one girlfriend (although she might not really be his girlfriend), and apparently no one else is involved.
At the end of this post, I’ll include a link to the official video for that release. It’s unknown whether the script for the video was written to include Kelly Preston specifically, or if her character was just added as a creative — and wise — afterthought. The finished product is beautiful, and it shows the range of emotions in each actor. Be sure to watch each person’s eyes because that’s where much of the expression comes from.
Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine is in the lead role. Corinne Carrey, who portrays the girlfriend, works primarily as an art director now. The actor who portrays an abusive, neglectful husband is uncredited.
The real star of the video is Kelly Preston. The desperation of the character comes through with shattering impact, and no unnecessary emoting. In a piece that runs under five minutes, her performance is a fine example of an artist’s depth and balance.
Some music videos are real art, and they can tell human stories that are more complete than the original lyrics. In this instance, embellishments with the song’s scenario hit the proverbial home run.