OK, this is a video of me in a tuxedo and tails ballroom dancing in a fantasy sequence with the Golden Globe winning actress Chloë Sevigny. No big deal. And yep, that’s Peter Brant, Jr. playing the part of a talkative, self obsessed waiter. (Type casting, surely.) It’s the directorial debut of the lovely and amazing Dasha Zhukova, the art museum founder and Garage magazine editor, too.
Now let me tell you how it went down: A few months ago, Dasha rang me up and said that she wanted to make a movie as part of the photographer Nick Knight’s ongoing ‘fashion fetish’ video series for his website SHOWStudio. She had a few ideas, and a few references, and wanted knew she wanted some dancing and a black and white fantasy sequence. I sort of thought she was joking when she said she wanted me to be the suavemente dance partner, but who am I to turn down a friend? (And a chance to dance on film with Chloë Sevigny? Or to do anything on film with Chloë Sevigny for that matter?) But, the next thing I knew, I was in a rehearsal space in Midtown learning my right foot from my left foot. Dasha is one of those girls who doesn’t mess around when she wants to do something. A couple days later we were filming, and now it’s out in the world, and I’m thinking of how I can campaign for a spot on next season’s Dancing With The Stars. I mean, if Heather Mills can do it, can’t I? Who thought ballroom dancing could have been so fun? (Now I regret not going to finishing school.) And at the very least, Chloë and I have a really sick party trick the next time we’re out together.