Adele Chose Tristan Wilds As Her Love Interest in 'Hello' Video to 'Send a Message About Police Brutality,' Says Director

Xavier Dolan, the director of Adele’s “Hello” video opened up about the video’s creative process in an interview with Vulture.

During his interview, he explained that Adele was adamant about casting a person of color as her love interest as a way to ‘send a message’ about race relations and police brutality.

via Fader:

The “Hello” video stars Tristan Wilds, best known for his role as Michael Lee on The Wire, and Dolan says the decision to cast Wilds was Adele’s idea. “It was her desire that we wouldn’t cast a Caucasian male in this, which I thought was great,” Dolan said. “She called me and said, “This is what I think we should do,” and if my memory serves me right … I’m going to be honest, it’s tragic not to be able to remember what exact conflict was on the news at that moment, because there are so many incidents of police brutality.”

“It was not opportunistic, she didn’t want to be hip or anything,” he continued. “She was just like, “I’m concerned with the reality of the tensions between authorities and the black community, and I want to send a message out there.'”

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