Go shoplifting with Billie Eilish at Glendale Galleria in ‘Therefore I Am’ video
When we all fall asleep, where does Billie Eilish go?
To the mall, apparently.
Released Thursday, the music video for her latest single, “Therefore I Am,” sees the anti-pop phenom wreak havoc on an empty shopping center after hours. And get this: It was filmed entirely at the Glendale Galleria just outside Eilish’s native L.A.
“I’m not your friend, or anything,” the green-haired Grammy winner sings while skipping past Justice, Boarders, Lululemon, Tilly’s and other familiar storefronts. “Damn, you think that you’re the man / I think, therefore, I am.”
At one point in her mall-rat adventure, Eilish launches herself over the abandoned counter of an empty Chipotle and snags a bag of chips. By the end of the video, the “Bad Guy” hitmaker is also juggling a glazed doughnut, a warm pretzel from Wetzel’s, French fries and fresh lemonade from Hot Dog on a Stick.
“I don’t want press to put your name next to mine, we’re on different lines,” she vocalizes while casually plucking a pastry from a Donuts and Coffee stand in the middle of the mall. “So I wanna be nice enough, they don’t call my bluff / ‘Cause I hate to find articles, articles, articles.”
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Directed by Eilish, the five-minute shopping — or shoplifting — spree appropriately concludes with a security guard shooing her from the building as the teen recording artist hightails it to the parking garage, her signature baggy shorts and oversized sweater billowing in the wind.
Naturally, Eilish’s fellow Californians immediately identified the local site of her new music video, which has already generated plenty of buzz on social media thanks to its unusual and recognizable setting.
“oh to be running around glendale galleria with billie eilish stealing food,” tweeted @charlizesoleil.
“I wanna get to the point where I can get paid to run through the glendale galleria like billie eilish,” wrote @b0otsie.
oh to be running around glendale galleria with billie eilish stealing food https://t.co/jcjuoaSEvi— char (@charlizesoleil) November 12, 2020
“Therefore I Am” is the third Eilish track to arrive in 2020 after “my future” and “No Time to Die,” the title theme for the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, which has been repeatedly delayed as movie theaters remain shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At 18, Eilish made history as the youngest performer ever to write and record a Bond tune, which dropped in February — a couple months before “No Time to Die” was originally scheduled to hit theaters. Eilish fans will now have to wait until at least April of next year to hear her Bond theme in action.
For now, here’s a sampling of reactions to her sassy new single.
I’m here for any music video that takes place in The Glendale Galleria but a lil disappointed it wasn’t the Beverly Center @billieeilish— ✿Lil Zip✿ (@marnizipper) November 12, 2020
Bruh I know she’s a LA native but watching Billie Eilish run around Glendale galleria is like surreal to me pic.twitter.com/1qhY9BwTo1— ariel 🦋 (@tedddieeee) November 12, 2020
not me watching the new billie eilish video and identifying which mall she's at!!! (glendale galleria) https://t.co/THIiSlJsxD— Kelcie Pegher (@klcpegher) November 12, 2020
Didn’t have Billie Eilish shooting her music video at the Glendale galleria on my 2020 bingo card— Արաքս (@JoulfaA) November 12, 2020
did billie eilish film her entire music video inside glendale galleria 😭— astrid ethereal 🥂🍾 (@AstridEthereal) November 12, 2020
billie eilish’s new video was shot at the glendale galleria and i hate that i know that— carolina reynoso (@carocarorey) November 12, 2020
why did i just watch billie eilish run around the glendale galleria for 5 mins.... lol https://t.co/L814MD5wKA— (ง’̀-‘́)ง (@soNialler) November 12, 2020
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