Shawn Mendes seems head-over-heels in love in the music video for his song, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The 18-year-old singer chases his red-headed girlfriend around the streets of Paris and Amsterdam. He gazes wistfully at her adventurous antics. He runs towards a cliff’s edge with her. All in all, I was convinced: Mendes and his co-star, 20-year-old English actress Ellie Bamber, are very good at playing reckless teenagers in love.
Now for a little thought experiment. Let’s say the video for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” wasn’t a music video, but a home video. That this wasn’t a singer and an actress, but two aesthetically-pleasing teenagers in love. That Mendes actually was inspired by his love for the red-headed woman beside him to write a song.
Here’s what you should know about Mendes’ co-star, and rising Julianne Moore, Ellie Bamber.
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