Fans who only know Kevin McHale as bespectacled Artie Abrams on “Glee” are about to see a whole other side of the actor/singer with the release of his new music video for “Help Me Now”, his debut single released last month.
The video begins with “Modern Family” star Nolan Gould (a longtime pal of McHale) playing a video game until he opens a mysterious package containing a set of virtual reality goggles and a note that reads, “I’m sorry.”
Placing the VR goggles over his eyes, Gould enters the world of McHale’s video, in which he does some particularly wild dancing.
The video ends with Gould handing the goggles to actor Austin McKenzie (McHale’s real-life boyfriend), by which point it’s clear that McHale’s goofy dancing is masking a desperate plea to be forgiven.
“We wanted something that was not taking itself seriously,” McHale, 30, told PopSugar. “I’m not supposed to be dancing necessarily that well. It’s more like desperation. We want it to be funny and sort of me just trying a little too hard because that’s what the song’s about and what the lyrics reflect.”
As McHale explains, the contrast between the joyful, upbeat music and the plaintive lyrics is deliberate. “It makes it easier or more palatable at least for me and my personal life when you can do that, where it’s like, ‘Okay. This is not a fun conversation. I’m not proud of myself for having these thoughts. But here they are and we should talk about them. Let’s just do it.’ The desperation is unflattering,” he says. “And I think when you put it in a house with a bunch of bright colours and some goofy dancing, that makes it a little better.”
“Help Me Now” is the first single from McHale’s upcoming EP, Boy, which, he says, reflects his own journey toward adulthood.
“Lyrically [all the songs] are about me growing up in a weird way, like emotionally growing up in a weird way,” he adds. “It was sort of the break between my 20s where nobody really knows what they’re doing. It’s fun to reflect upon that and dive in deeper and dissect those things. The title Boy reflected me feeling like I was a boy then and I’m finally now starting to grow up or be an adult, as much as I hate that.”
Look for Boy to drop on May 24.