Model @LolaChel_ Talks About Starring As A "Sage" In @LilTunechi and @xxxtentacion "Don't Cry" Video 🎥
Jason: So, what’s your background and how did you land the part in “Don’t Cry?
Lola: I am a model down here in South Florida. Bel from Latin Model Miami booked me for the shoot, after another model I work with couldn’t do the video, and voila, I was there!
Jason: Nice! Well, the video turned out really beautiful. There’s even live animals in it! What was it like filming it? It was a little bit different because there were so few people in it, compared to most rap videos.
Lola: We shot it down in South Broward County, it was like a warehouse area. And yes, there was a live camel, I think his name was Sunny, he was amazing! But yeah, being on set with Lil Wayne was amazing. I don’t usually shoot videos, and it was definitely different than I thought it would be. I thought I would mainly be in B-roll or pickup shots, stuff like that. I had no idea I was going to be on with Wayne, so it’s crazy where you end up sometimes. It took about 20-minutes to film the Bumbu Rum scene. The crew also has to come in a scrape away all of the foot prints every couple minutes. You get to see the production on a whole new level. I didn’t even want to tell anybody about it, I just waited until it was out.
Jason: Yeah, it’s certainly one of those a once in a lifetime type of moments, and as you mentioned, it was all basically kept under wraps as a surprise for XXXTentacion’s birthday. What was it like when you saw the final version? You guys are in this Dubai desert, afterlife type of environment. It’s pretty crazy.
Lola: I was astounded! I had no idea I would have that type of screen time and recognition. I just could not believe it. And even though XXX couldn’t physically be in the video, it was very artistic, and something people could connect with. Also, what they were able to do with the green-screen was phenomenal. If you saw the original set, you wouldn't even believe it. They did amazing.
Jason: The final product turned out amazing, especially the way they were able to integrate X as well as they could with the body double and footage. Between that and Wayne’s lyrics, it was great the way they were able to weave it all together. With you two, the Gypsies, it reminded of what I guess heaven would look like. What did you envision your role as?
Lola: Well, before I shot the video, I had listened to “Tha Carter V” and “Don’t Cry” and understood the magnitude of the storyline. I initially connected my role to the line “A Garden of Eden with a bunch of Eves,” so I thought that’s what I was there for. That one line. So, when it became more of this fantasy, post-apocalyptic world, it felt more like this storytelling vibe as opposed to a set up to this one line I thought I would be a part of. Since it became a much larger role, I felt like we were just like the only other people on this imaginary planet with Wayne. Totally different than I originally thought.
Jason: Definitely and it now has over 13 million views in just over 5 days, so the fans definitely have connected with it. What are your final thoughts on the video?
Lola: I think this is something that will not only add to the collection of Lil Wayne’s amazing videos, but has earned a spot amongst X’s videography. Even though he isn’t with us anymore, I think they certainly did him justice in representing him and for it to rank up there within X’s collection.
Jason: Yes, it was definitely a great tribute for someone who we lost too soon. Thank you for time and good luck with your career!