The video: “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf.
The girl-now-woman: Dana Patrick.
Of all the women in this series (including the first round), Dana is the only one who lip syncs in the video.
The person I contacted to reach Dana endearingly wrote me, “I am both Dana’s booking agent and her mom.” She was an absolute pleasure to correspond with, as was Dana.
How old were you when you appeared in the “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” video?
Where were you living at the time?
What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?
Dana with Roseann, her best friend since childhood 1991
How were you cast in “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”?
I was in L.A. for a shoot. I auditioned for a Levi’s commercial and had to ad-lib. [Director] Michael Bay had looked at hundreds of girls for the part of “beauty” and called my agent to see if she had anyone that she thought he would like. They sent over the Levi’s tape and it was a done deal.
Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?
Um, honestly not that interested because I had no idea who Michael Bay was and music videos usually don’t pay well. I was like, “I better get a good rate or no deal.” Lord, I sound like such an ass.
Were you a Meat Loaf fan?
I actually was a Meat loaf fan. I think he is extremely talented as a songwriter/vocalist and a really stellar actor.
Where was the video filmed?
Greystone Mansion [in Beverly Hills, CA].
How long was the shoot?
Two very long days and into the night.
How did you feel making the video?
Out of my element.
What was the hardest part of the shoot?
Michael Bay’s outbursts, which he did with everyone. However, [he and I] had to come to an understanding—I don’t do well with a lot of screaming. He was actually quite sweet, just very passionate.
How was it to work with Meat Loaf? What was he like? Did he hit on you?
Meat was amazing! Very much the family man and a true gentleman. He knew I had no idea what I was doing and was extremely supportive and kind.
Any funny stories from the shoot?
I am afraid of heights, so in the couch floating scene, I had to buck up while glancing at a cue card as I was lip-syncing to the song that I did not know the words to. I was trying to be all sexy and all the while I was terrified. Thank God I am a good multitasker. The lip-syncing was okay, not sure I nailed the sexy.
Not really wrong, but during the bed scene where the girls were crawling up my body, one of them got a little over zealous so I kept yelling “Cut!” Ha! I didn’t know that it wasn’t my place to decide when we were to stop rolling film.
What did you think of the video?
I thought it was beautiful. I was amazed at the talent of Michael Bay to do such an elaborate video in such a short amount of time. However, I have to admit that I have seen it only a handful of times. Just too weird to see myself.
They were thrilled.
Another first for the series: I was able to ask this question directly to the parent of a video ingénue, Dana’s mom Marty. Her response:
I loved it! I loved the subliminals of Dana’s face, especially in the beginning. As a rather conservative mom, the only part of the video story that I found difficult to relate to was the [suggestive] part with the other two beautiful actors. When I showed the video to Dana’s very conservative grandparents, I explained that segment as kinda like Cinderella and the two stepsisters. I felt that it was all about creative license and personal interpretation and that was the best interpretation I could muster. I feel Meat Loaf was right when, in an interview, he said that it was Dana who made the video such a success since it was #1 on MTV long before the song became so popular. I loved the staging, lighting, costuming…I thought it was all beautiful and I love the song.
What did your friends think of it?
One time during show season in Milan, a group of girls broke out in [the] song when I entered the room. Friends like to tease me, but everyone seemed to genuinely like it.
Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?
This is awful, but I did not. I had no idea what a big deal it was going to be. I was oblivious.
Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?
No. not really. I was dating someone at the time.
Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?
I did, but my agency went through it. I never saw any of the letters.
Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?
Not that I know of.
What were you paid?
A good amount, more than the usual. Don’t really want to say, sorry.
Were you ever recognized in public?
Surprisingly I was, which shocked the hell out of me. Sort of became some teenage boys’ wet dream (which totally cracks me up), but what was really cool was a lot of women were fans. I felt proud of that.
Did you appear in other music videos after that?
Just a follow up video by another director [“I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth)”], wasn’t the same.
Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?
Just some fellow models. [Dana is good friends with Audie Lenkov of “The Boys of Summer,” and Audie mentioning that was what prompted me to find and include Dana in round 2.]
Dana and Audie mirror selfie
If you went to college, where and what did you study?
Never went to college. Actually I have never been a good student—too impatient.
What are you doing these days?
I am a photographer—self-taught, of course. Again, terrible student.
Los Angeles, CA.
If you are/were married, what was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video?
I am married to an amazing man and he thought it was awesome because he thought I was actually singing! Trust me when I say he knows better now.
No kids, just a Myma cat and a Grace dog.
What did you think when you first heard from me?
Honestly? “Ugh.” But then I read your email and saw your work and now I’m a fan.
Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?
At the time, I was asked to do The Howard Stern Show, but that was never going to happen.
Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?
No fan conventions and no, I wouldn’t be comfortable with that.
Did you stay in touch with Meat Loaf?
For a while there. He wanted me to be on his softball team but it never happened; at the time I was traveling so much.
When was the last time you were in touch?
Last time we spoke was at least 15 years ago.
How do you look back on the experience?
I look back and realize that it was an amazing and unique experience. I am grateful.
...of round 2.