Adele is back after her four-year hiatus. The British singer has already been pulling heartstrings with the release of her “Hello” music video. She’s also made fans interested in her love interest Tristan Wilds.
The 90210 alum stars in Adele’s music video as her love interest. Social media has been buzzing about the man who’s seen in the video for her new single, both of which were released on Friday, October 23. While some may recognize Tristan Wilds from his acting and rapping career, others have grown curious about the mystery man.
According to E! News, Tristan Wilds hails from Staten Island, New York. Most may recognize him from CW’s 90210 reboot, where he played the role of Dixon Wilson, or his most notable role on HBO’s The Wire, where he plays Michael Lee.
What you may not know about Tristan Wilds is that he has experience with the music industry. In 2013, he released his debut rap album, New York: A Love Story, under his pseudonym Mack Wilds. The following year, Wilds received his first Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but he lost out to Rihanna’s Unapologetic. Wilds is currently working on his sophomore album, but the name and release date has yet to be revealed.
Tristan went on to star in big screen roles for films like Red Tails, Half Nelson, and The Secret Life of Bees. His other acting credits include episodes of Law & Order and Cold Case.
Wilds is active on his social media accounts, along with Twitter and Instagram. He has generated millions of fans due to both his acting and rap career. Wilds took to Twitter to share the following tweets in support of Adele’s new video and his surprise appearance.
— Mack™ (@MACKWILDS) October 23, 2015
Fans have been eagerly talking about Adele’s “Hello” video because it’s a very emotional ballad. In the video, she tries to reach Tristan so she can apologize for breaking his heart. The actor himself leaves an impression in the video with the flashback scenes and a shot of him giving Adele an angry face as he snaps his flip phone shut.
Now secrets about Adele’s new video are coming out of the woodwork. The video’s director, Xavier Dolan, told Billboard the reason why he chose Tristan Wilds as the singer’s love interest.
“Because I like him. I was wondering what he was doing. I hadn’t seen him in a while. I know he’s on a couple of shows in the United States but I for one hadn’t seen him in a while and have always loved him and saw that he would be a great match.”
During his interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said that the process of casting Tristan Wilds as Adele’s ex-love interest wasn’t difficult or lengthy.
“I love Tristan. I thought he was right. We connected through Skype and he was lovely. Right away, it clicked and I sent his references and photos to Adele and she liked him.”
He even revealed that Adele and Tristan were never in the same room, which is why they were never on screen together. He wanted to shoot it as though Tristan was looking through the camera and Adele was on the “other side.” Brilliant!
Dolan was known for his work on the film Mommy, which won an award at the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, nine awards at the Canadian Screen Awards, and 10 awards at the Jutra Awards.
Adele has confirmed that “Hello” will be the first single off her upcoming album, 25. Earlier this week, the often quiet singer created an Instagram account and posted that her third studio album will be released on November 20.
Check out Adele’s new music video below.
What are your thoughts on the video or Tristan Wilds? Were you just as shocked to see him? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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