I have good news and bad news: We’re still going to have to wait until tomorrow (Friday, November 30) to see the highly-anticipated new music video for Ariana Grande‘s single “Thank U, Next.” But on the bright side, Ari just released a three-and-a-half minute behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the video to tide you over until then.
The first trailer for the video was a total homage to the movie Mean Girls. But in it, we don’t actually see Grande, though she is much discussed by the other “students” a la Regina George. And, based on Instagram posts leading up to the big reveal, we knew that Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde would also be represented.
So, thankfully, the BTS footage gives us a little more insight into what looks like an extremely entertaining shoot. While the single plays, we get to see Grande having fun with director Hannah Lux and the cast and crew—including actress Jennifer Coolidge reprising her famous role as Paulette in Legally Blonde. There are dancers doing Elle Woods’ signature move, the Bend and Snap, and Grande’s former Victorious co-star Matt Bennett seems to be playing Jesse Bradford’s character from Bring It On. Her bestie Courtney Chipolone (credited as “That Bitch”) is in a wedding scene—with Grande in a white dress and veil. Hmm…
Also spotted: Bruiser Woods, Jenna Rink’s dollhouse, the burn book, tons of “Thank U, Next” signage, and Grande doing a perfect Elle Woods walk. Take a look, below:
Fans on social media are, obviously, pretty psyched.
The video ends with a title card reading, “Thank U, Next. Tomorrow. Bye.” So if you need us for the next however many hours, we’ll just be watching this on a loop until the actual video drops.