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Jake Wilson is the mastermind behind some of our favorite viral internet creations. The Los Angeles-based director, writer, actor and producer has lately been known for his “boy version” videos — where he takes his favorite pop song of the moment and reimagines the accompanying video with sexy boys instead.
“I’ve been obsessed with female pop stars for as long as I can remember, most notably with Britney Spears (as anyone who knows me can attest to),” he tells us. “Male pop stars just aren’t the same, they don’t dance like the girls and gay men don’t go as crazy for them as we do for the women. So… I figured that these boy versions kind of bridge that gap and allow us to see men at the center, but set to our favorite female tracks.”
Over the summer, his boy version of Dua Lipa‘s summer banger “New Rules” went viral. “I had zero idea that my Dua Lipa parody would have blown up as much as it did. I watched her video, texted my guy friends to see who was around, and we shot it the next day on an iPhone. Truly no planning put into it. And then luckily Dua saw it, and posted it, and it blew up from there.”
His newest video is a boy version of Hayley Kiyoko’s “Curious,” starring the very dreamy Daniel Roman. You might remember Roman from our list of 18 gay trainers to follow on Instagram.
“As soon as I heard “Curious” I knew that I wanted to do the same for Hayley,” Wilson explains to us. “It’s one of those songs that just gets immediately stuck in your head, and I thought that the bisexual angle would be super fun to swap and play with.”
“I’m glad that other people seem to be enjoying them too, as they are such a blast to make. Crossing fingers for a new Britney single for the next one…”