Suki Waterhouse has released a brand new track, “Johanna” which comes with a stunning video featuring NYC nightlife legend, and David LaChapelle muse, Amanda Lepore and directed by Émilie Richard-Froozan. “Johanna” follows last month’s release of melancholic gem “Coolest Place In The World.”
“I wrote Johanna on a three day trip to Paris with Findlay and Jules Nialt to make some music. We waxed poetic, I slept on their couch and ate all of their baguettes. It was a time in my life when I was trying to organize a flood of feelings that had been bubbling up. I had a crush on someone and she wouldn’t give me the time of day. . My feels overcame me and the song has a sweeping, cinematic feel from it. She didn’t reciprocate the feelings so I, gutted, resigned myself to the sidelines.
Johanna is a cry of unrequited love. About how even if your crush doesn’t want you, sometimes you’ll find a way to stick around and be a part of their life. How maybe you’ll do anything to be there for them even if they can’t love you. When working on the video with my friend and director, Émilie Richard-Froozan, we thought a lot about that longing; that quiet fire that builds when there are words that can’t be spoken.
We had been in the middle of shooting a series featuring my alter ego, Fred, a professional bodyguard for Hollywood starlets and beauty pageant queens. A hopeless romantic. In this video, Fred is working for Johanna – our glamorous starlet. A stalker threatens her life so she is put on lockdown in her NYC penthouse. Johanna toys with Fred, knowing that he’s in love with her. In her dizzying spell, he battles with his desires, but more importantly, with his need to keep her safe. As their sexual tension builds, Johanna lets him know she’s only playing with him but he doesn’t mind – he takes out the stalker and it’s enough for him to just be there for her.
We got to collaborate with the legendary Amanda Lepore starring as Johanna. I’ve always idolized her. She manages to be impossible to pin down and so very impossible to ignore. I was beyond happy she wanted to be a part of the project. She’s an undeniable icon, a true gem, and it was such an honor, and a huge moment for everyone on set to get to work with her. The 1992 classic The Bodyguard starring the late Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was obviously a huge influence for us as well as the 1971 film, Klute, starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. I had a lot of fun making this song and the video. You’ll be seeing Fred again soon as well…”