Coy Stewart & Nolan Gould Take on LGBT Suicide in Logic Music Video
The music video for "1-800-273-8255" by Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid tackles the subject of LGBT teen suicide using an all-star cast — and it has racked up nearly 7 million views since it dropped Thursday.
Named for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the song and video stars Coy Stewart ("Are We There Yet"), 19, as a young high school athlete who is secretly gay and experiencing his first love with a friend ("Modern Family" star Nolan Gould, 18).
In the course of the video, Coy's character's sexual orientation is discovered by his unaccepting dad (Don Cheadle), and the teens are later caught in bed by Gould's character's dad (Matthew Modine).
Stewart told Too Fab, "I have friends and family who are gay. I myself am not, but I think the best way to help them out is by something like this by spreading love and show that it's ok to be who you are no matter what the circumstance is so just that whole message in general made me really want to do it."
When things seem insurmountable, our hero almost commits suicide, but the video also contains images of what awaits him in the future — love, marriage, children and the acceptance of his family.
In spite of how powerful the acting in the video is, Stewart told Too Fab he was cast less than 24 hours before shooting began, saying, "I did not have a lot of time to prep. So I just kind of dived in, but I learned how it feels to kind of carry that weight when the world doesn't accept you and that's a scary weight to carry."
Gould told Too Fab he couldn't not be a part of the project. "I think that there is a stigma around suicide and mental illness in general," he said. "My family has a long history of mental illnesses and videos like this allow me to kind of use my platform to talk about it and discuss it and yeah, this is something that a lot of my family and friends have dealt with so it's just really close to my heart and I'm so glad to be a part of it."
He said the video was timely, and that its message should reach as many teens as possible. "With everything happening under the Trump administration, the LGBT community needs to see this video, learn about the hotline and know that there are people that care about them. They need to know they are loved and even though this a trying time, things are going to get better and we here for them.
"1-800-273-8255" is available on Logic's latest album, "Everybody," which debuted at #1 upon its release in May.