Not too long after most of North America went into self-isolation in an attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Gal Gadot gathered some of her famous friends to “sing” John Lennon’s “Imagine” for us from the comfort of their own multi-million dollar homes. Gal probably hoped the video would unite us all, and it did – just not in the right way. We all came together and agreed it was a mess. Because being on the receiving end of “We’re all in this together!” vibes just isn’t the same when most of us aren’t self-isolating in an Olympic-sized heated saltwater infinity pool.
One of the singalong’s stars, Jamie Dornan, spoke about the video on an episode of the Tea with Me podcast (via The Mirror) this week and defended Gal by stressing that she really did have the best intentions at the time, saying “she was trying to do a good thing.” He then described how he got involved. Jamie recently worked on a film titled Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. Kristen appears in Wonder Woman 1984 with Gal. Jamie is clearly a big Target Lady fan, because when Kristen (who was asked by Gal) to film a little clip of his karaoke skills, he immediately said yes without thinking.
This is what Jamie said about how he got involved:
“Kristen and I did a movie together last summer that’s meant to be coming out on July 31 but who knows what will happen. We got on brilliantly. I would do anything for her – that’s how highly I think of her. I was the biggest fan of her before anyway. Kristen texted, “Gal and I are trying to organize this thing to lift spirits.’ So I was like: ‘Of course I’ll do it.’ Then she texted days later saying, ‘Sorry.'”
Kristen’s apology was just one of many texts clogging up his phone after the video hit the internet. Jamie’s friends let me know about everyone’s reaction to the video:
“Not being on social media, I wasn’t aware of the reaction – but was made aware by mates.”
Jamie says he was just “dragged into it,” and that he really did try to put some thought into where he would record his part. For example, while some people in the video made the grave mistake of filming in front of expensive kitchens or gorgeously manicured backyards, Jamie wanted to appeal to the common folk at home by recording from the toilet.
“I literally did mine in the toilet of my house. Quite clearly, some people had escaped to their second home. There’s too much acreage in the background, too many beautiful trees swaying in the background, clearly in front of an ocean, that sort of craic. I was quite aware of that whenever I was doing it, to make it normal.”
Sitting on a toilet in an attempt to make the video look less shitty? Oh, the irony. But Jamie shouldn’t stress too much about his participation in Gal’s video. He’s barely in it. He sings for about 1.5 seconds, and his part of “No Hell below us” doubles as the perfect set up for a joke. No Hell below us? No, Hell is here, we’re in Hell. He doesn’t vamp in 4 different tone-deaf registers like he’s auditioning for American Idol. To be honest, he kind of slides under the cringe radar. Then again, that might be because this isn’t nearly the most embarrassing video he’s ever appeared in.