Harry Styles stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden recently for the ultimate artistic challenge: to make a music video for his new song “Daylight” directed by James Corden in just three hours.
And it wasn’t a music video filmed on a fancy set in Hollywood. No, the former boy bander had to find a real-life apartment in New York City to shoot on location with a budget of just $300. After getting turned down by a couple of Brooklyn baby boomers, Corden and Styles lucked into an apartment of four millennial girls more than happy to welcome them in.
Hilariously, a tour of the apartment proved that one of the girls happened to be a Styles superfan, with Corden hurriedly hiding the Harry Styles-as-Harry Potter artwork and other assorted One Direction paraphernalia before the pop star could see. The host, however, was even less thrilled by a framed picture in the kitchen of the girls posing with Jimmy Fallon.
After raiding a few of the closets, Corden came up with a vision for the video on the fly, pointing Styles into the bathtub for a “sexy as fuck” opening to the Harry’s House album cut — though the superstar meekly requested to keep his shirt on for the shot. “I can’t stress this enough: this was all James’ idea,” he later adds in a confessional from the bathroom. “I was in a Christopher Nolan movie; now this is my dressing room.”
From there, the talk show host puts the four girls to work cutting up confetti and inviting a few friends over for a raucous house party scene while Styles remains amusingly nonplussed by the entire ordeal. (“Should we just scrap it? Is to too late to just do a ‘Carpool Karaoke?’”) Eventually, the whole thing culminates with Corden and Styles on the roof of the building — the former in a green screen body suit while the latter wears a sparkly gold fedora and oversized bowtie lifted from one of the girl’s closets. Watch the “Daylight” video come together below.