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Cindy Crawford, Chris Evans, Rami Malek & More Remember the Late Musician Prince

Cindy Crawford, Nate Parker, Melissa Benoist, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Evans share their memories of the legendary Prince.

Released on 6/6/2016

Credits

Starring: Cindy Crawford, Nate Parker, Melissa Benoist, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Evans
Director: Lynn Hirschberg
Producer: Nickolas James, Evan T. Cohen, Nick Perron-Siegel, and Marcelo Lessa
Editor: Chris Dawson
Production Assistant: Patrick Linberg

Transcript

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[Woman Off-Screen] So, let's talk about Prince,
00:01
because you have a great Prince story.
00:06
I was out at this club called Nell's,
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on 14th Street in New York,
00:10
dancing with my friend,
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and all of a sudden, there was this littler person
00:17
that came and started dancing with me.
00:21
And it was like, oh, that's Prince. So cool.
00:26
Cut to, I don't know, not that long afterwards,
00:30
someone was like,
00:30
Do you know Prince wrote a song about you?
00:33
And it's on The Black Album, which I still have,
00:34
and it had a song on it called Cindy C.
00:37
[Lynn] It's pretty racy, too.
00:38
Yes, and now I know what was going through his mind
00:40
as we were dancing.
00:42
I saw him maybe a month and a half ago,
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at a Warriors game.
00:48
He came in, and they were like,
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Ladies and gentlemen, Prince!
00:50
And he came in, and he had on,
00:52
I wanna say it was a purple ice skating suit or something
00:56
with collar zipped all the way up to the top,
00:57
and he had on these peacock green heels.
01:02
And he came in with his cane and he sat down,
01:05
and he looked out the side,
01:06
and he looked out the other side.
01:07
You know, Prince does this thing,
01:08
he has this smile that lets you know he's in on the joke.
01:11
He knows. You know what I mean?
01:12
Yeah, he's fly, he's cool.
01:13
But he also knows his performing.
01:14
He knows it, you know it.
01:15
The energy he just emanated,
01:18
it permeated everything he did.
01:22
His persona, his music, the way he dressed,
01:26
the way he looked, the way he spoke.
01:29
It was just...
01:30
[Lynn] He was an artist.
01:31
Yeah. He was a genius.
01:33
Two years ago, I was Prince for Halloween,
01:36
and I had everything.
01:38
It was so much fun picking it out.
01:40
I mostly wore women's clothing.
01:42
I took a women's lace shirt,
01:45
and cut it up in all types of pieces,
01:47
and ended up wrapping that around my forehead,
01:51
and then around my sleeves.
01:53
I mean, there was just lace popping out of every crevice
01:56
of whatever I was wearing.
01:58
[Lynn] Did you feel differently when you were Prince?
01:59
Did you change your mood as yourself?
02:02
It didn't so much change my mood
02:04
as the people around me.
02:07
I felt like I was more accessible to a number of people
02:11
that I wasn't in the past.
02:14
One of my best friends, Chloe,
02:17
when she first heard I had never heard of Prince,
02:20
she played me Purple Rain
02:21
whilst doing an interpretive dance to it.
02:25
Really, really loud.
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She just blared it on turntable,
02:28
and then just started kind of, you know...
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All of this was happening.
02:33
And I was like, wow.
02:34
If Prince can make you do that,
02:35
Prince has power. So much power.
02:39
I, luckily, was able to,
02:41
I saw him a couple times.
02:43
One time, I met him.
02:45
We went to a show in L.A., small show.
02:47
And afterwards, I got to go backstage
02:50
and talk to him per a little bit.
02:52
[Lynn] Was he nice?
02:53
The nicest guy in the world.
02:56
Really sweet, very soft spoken,
02:57
but just kind.
02:58
Had no air of pretentiousness about him
03:00
or anything like that,
03:01
and you just walk away being like,
03:03
Man, Prince is awesome. Prince is cool as Hell.