Hayley Orrantia is stepping out of her role as Erica Goldberg in ABC’s coming-of-age sitcom The Goldbergs and into the traditional values of the South in the music video for her song “Strong, Sweet & Southern.” Armed with her cinematographer roommate, Orrantia shares her ideas of a perfect southern gentleman in the fun, bubbly new clip.
“My roommate, Ryan Hutchins, who is a cinematographer, does that for a living. It’s convenient that he was right there so we could talk about ideas, and get everything together,” Orrantia told Sounds Like Nashville exclusively. “I filmed it in Nashville, and I wanted it to be fun. I wanted it to be colorful and kind of playful in a way. Goofy, I guess. I think it came together really well.”
Orrantia, who splits her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, knew she wanted to head down South to capture the video perfectly.
“We filmed it in Lieper’s Fork, because I happened to be visiting there. I was like, ‘wow, this would be perfect for my video,’” she explained. “I just handed all the things over to Ryan and he found a way to make them unique. We play fun games in the music video. There’s arm wrestling and beer pong and cornhole. It’s a classic outdoor southern tailgate party. He found a really cool way to make them funny and creative.”
One thing Orrantia did request, however, was that 12 South’s famous Amelia’s Flower Truck had to play a part.
“I was really, really excited that Amelia’s Flower Truck was able to be a part of the video, because I got a place near 12 South and I see it all the time. I’m in love with it. When I saw it, I was like, oh wait. You know, this might be really cute to incorporate into the video. They said that they’ve never been featured in a music video before. I was like, all right. I’m going to be the first. I really pumped up when they said that they were willing to do it.”
Check out the “Strong, Sweet & Southern” music video above. The track is available for purchase HERE.