Jasmine Villegas has transformed into a young woman right before our eyes since her breakthrough appearances on Justin Bieber's music video, "Baby" and Kanye West's video, "Jesus Walks." The 18-year-old songstress is slowly conquering the music industry since the release of her successful mix tape, She Believed. Villegas recently premiered the first interactive video of its kind for her new single about making up and breaking up titled, "Just a Friend."
She chatted with Latina.com exclusively about filming the new video, recording her new album, singing in Spanish, and more! Check it all out below:
How did you come up with the concept for the new video “Just a Friend”?
"I’m really connected to my fans. When we came up with the idea for the video we decided to ask them for ideas, and came up of this cool interactive way to make it all work. We partnered up with Microsoft and IED and it came out amazing. My fans loved it! I’m so happy that we got to do a video like this."
What was it like filming the video?
"Oh my God, it was so much fun! All the time we were filming the video I was like ‘man I just want to see the video but I don’t even get to choose it.’ It was really cool because they just knew me from the get go. My friends came out to support me, my family is in the video, and my brother played the DJ. It was really funny!"
What were your fans reactions once the video premiered?
"I got a couple of calls from my fans when it first came out and I asked them what their favorite part of the video was and all of them said the same thing. They all told me that they love the part where I get to push the guy in the pool, which was actually my favorite part to play. They loved the fact that they get to play my best friend and help me get a boyfriend and break up."
Your fans are called the Jasminators? How did that come about?
"A long time ago we would start getting on Twitter and talking to my fans. To be honest I really don’t like to call my fans “fans” so we wanted to come up with a name that we could call them all the time. So we started to ask what we could call ourselves and we came up with the Jasminators. It’s definitely funny how it came about but it was worth it, and now we’re a big family a million followers later."
You’re half Mexican and half Filipino, how does your background influence you as an artist?
"It always influences me. I feel everybody should embrace his or her culture, and I do. It’s part of who I am and it’s part of my music and I’m definitely going to keep putting that into my music. I’m going to keep reaching out to my Spanish fans, and my Filipino fans and my Mexican fans, everything because I feel like that’s a big part of who I am. I’m going to start singing in Spanish soon."
Has it been difficult singing in Spanish?
"Well actually it has and I’ve tried a couple of times. It’s not really that bad it just takes some time getting used to but I’m excited to do it. I can’t wait."
How is your new album going to be different from your mix tape, She Believed?
"Yes, when I was singing on my mix tape it had a sad break-up theme to it and now that I have an album it’s going to be up-tempo -- it’s going to be happy! I always have themes for everything I do. It’s going to be relatable to my fans; it’s going to be a lot more edgy now that I’m 18 so it’s going to be really awesome."
Do you have a slated date for the release?
What do you hope for your career in the next five years?
"I hope I can really affect people in a good way and still be around making a lot of music. That’s definitely what I want to do. I want to see more and more of my fans and pursue singing in Spanish a lot more."
Are you excited to hear her new album?