Penn Badgley Is the Object of Ariana Grande’s Obsession in the Video for “The Boy Is Mine”

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Whether you’re a regular-degular plebeian or a pop superstar with a reported net worth reported of half a billion dollars, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Penn Badgley is “so hot.”

Ariana Grande says so herself in the video for her new single, “The Boy Is Mine.” The six-minute-plus visual not only recruits the You star to play an attractive young mayor presiding over a Gotham City–esque municipality, but also ropes in R&B stars Brandy and Monica, who released the original 1998 hit that inspired Grande’s Eternal Sunshine track of the same name.

The Christian Breslauer-directed video, which begins with an opening shot of a garbage man getting attacked by a trash-dwelling rat, sets the scene with Grande brewing a love potion for Mayor Max Starling (Badgley) as a TV set broadcasts the news in the background. Two anchors (Brandy and Monica) discuss their high hopes for the newly-elected mayor, who promises to eviscerate the city's rat problem by unleashing a gang of hungry stray cats. “That's fucking brilliant,” Grande mutters to her TV set. “So hot.”

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Grande, who worships at an altar of Max Starling-themed effigies, then embarks on a mission to inject her love potion into the mayor. In doing so, she puts on a costume not so dissimilar from that of Catwoman, complete with a glossy black leather minidress, a transparent patchwork turtleneck, and a black gauzy cap adorned with kitten ears.

Upon zeroing in on the mayor's location, Grande attempts to serve him a dose of her elixir—but he rejects it. Instead, he tenderly lifts the mask over Grande's face and throws the bottle against the wall. Alas, she never needed a concoction to make the mayor fall in love with her after all!

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Badgley isn't the only Internet boyfriend to have entered the Grande cinematic universe. The pop star previously enlisted Evan Peters to play an ex-boyfriend in the music video for “We Can't Be Friends,” which dropped on March 8.


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