on March, 13, 2015, the Rock Hall caught up with Chris Isaak for a look back at 1989's "Wicked Game" music video directed by Herb Ritts and featuring supermodel Helena Christensen. Did the on-camera chemistry with supermodel Helena Christensen happen off-camera, too? Chris Isaak: It's about four in the morning, and somebody calling and saying I'm coming over to your house and I thought right after I said okay, I thought I should have never allowed this person to come over to my house. And I wrote the song between the time I got off the phone and the person came over to visit.What was photographer/director Herb Ritts' vision for the video? It was just about what happens when you have a strong attraction to people that aren't necessarily good for you.Some of the women offer the option of cam chats, and others give rather more detail regarding their personal lives than you might expect — they mention that they have children, say, or are in education — but on the surface, the difference is subtle to say the least.Perhaps My Girl Fund wasn't quite supposed to turn out the way things were planned back in 2008.Minaj is the most globally visible female rapper of all time.This makes her something of a canary in the music coal mine, testing what can and cannot be done within the tricky, competitive landscape of pop.And I came into this one, and they said okay, well, what's our idea, our concept on it? I mean, we didn't know each other, and I always feel like I have to explain to people: it's a video, give the girl credit, Helena is a good actress. " – I know where they're going before they start – "Helena Christensen.The concept on this video is very simple: nice lighting, and you're singing this song to a girl. She wasn't having sex with me, she wasn't my girlfriend, but she put that energy out so much so that people always come up to me, to this day, guys will come up to me and they go: "Hey! I was in it, too, but that's who you want to know." But people thought that we were really lovers.
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CI: I was always very interested in the video process.
Actually, Warner Brothers had wanted to hire me to direct videos for other artists because I always came in with a lot of ideas.
It's not like there's a lot of tricks and storyline in this. She was a very good actress, a very beautiful women. I never remember her holding up anything for any reason.
But I felt really comfortable that Herb [Ritts] could take something simple like that and make it beautiful. When you think of like a beautiful supermodel, you think of people that are, you know, "I need another hour for my hair! RH: Did Ritts' preferred setting – beach with ocean backdrop – present any challenges?