WHAT DOES MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER ‘GIRLFRIEND’ LOOK LIKE YEARS LATER

WHAT DOES MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER ‘GIRLFRIEND’ LOOK LIKE YEARS LATER

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” may just be the most recognizable music video on the planet. When it premiered in 1983, the nearly 14-minute epic transformed everyone’s perceptions about what a music video should be through its cinematic storyline. It was part film, part music video and all Michael Jackson. According to Rolling Stone, it was also the most expensive music video ever made at the time and aired alongside a making-of documentary.

Though Jackson obviously stunned throughout, it’s hard to forget Jackson’s adorable, dance-happy, on-screen girlfriend played by Ola Ray. According to Yahoo, the actress landed the role “after Flashdance actress Jennifer Beals turned it down”, but she almost didn’t get the part because of a Playboy centerfold she posed for in 1980. On set, Ray fell in love with King of Pop. In an interview with ABC, she revealed that she never told him about her true feelings.

These days, Ray, who is now a mother living in Sacramento, Calif., looks nothing like she did in the video. After a decades-long hiatus, she jumped back into the acting world with a smattering of projects slated for 2019.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” may just be the most recognizable music video on the planet. When it premiered in 1983, the nearly 14-minute epic transformed everyone’s perceptions about what a music video should be through its cinematic storyline. It was part film, part music video and all Michael Jackson. According to Rolling Stone, it was also the most expensive music video ever made at the time and aired alongside a making-of documentary.

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