Introducing Holden Nowell… I Mean, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

What have I been listening to lately? Besides “We Are Young” by Fun, I’ve been constantly replaying “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. You can watch the music video here.

In the video, Jepsen kind of creepily stalks, er, watches her next-door neighbor... but it's in the name of love, so it's okay.

“Call Me Maybe” doesn’t possess much depth, but it is an extraordinarily cute song about a girl who is head-over-heels in love with a guy and is waiting for him to call her. Compared to all the other club/drugs/sex-centered songs on the radio nowadays, “Call Me Maybe” offers a refreshing respite coupled with a catchy chorus and well-written verses. It’s the antithesis of trashy and meretricious – it’s fun and lighthearted, sort of like a love at first sight type of thing.

The amazingly attractive male model in the video is none other than Holden Nowell... I Googled him just for the purpose of writing this post.

The video itself consists of Jepsen fawning over and falling for her stunningly beautiful neighbor. After admiring him from afar, she attempts to seduce him by washing her car in his presence.

I can safely say I've learned a new method of seduction thanks to watching this video.

She then falls off of her car and passes out, awakening to Nowell’s smiling face. They laugh about her clumsiness, and he watches her sing for him. After her performance, she tries to give him her number…

... but Nowell decides to ask one of her band members out instead. Shocker! I mean, who wouldn't want Nowell's number? Anyway...

And that pretty much sums up the entire video. One of my friends pointed out that Jepsen is actually 26, yet in the video she manages to pull off a much younger-looking persona. Also, I’m curious as to whether Holden Nowell is actually gay in real life. Not like it matters – it wouldn’t affect his attractiveness or anything – but there have been online rumors though no solid confirmation from him.

And I will end the post with a final picture of Holden Nowell. Does anyone find his muscles a little scary? They look nice, but, maybe if they didn't bulge so much... (I'm not jealous, I swear)

Would anyone like to share their thoughts on “Call Me Maybe” – either about the song itself or for the music video? If the only reason you read this post was for Holden Nowell, you can comment about him too. So I pretty much spent my morning collecting screenshots of a shirtless guy… well. Time to volunteer. See you guys next time!

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60 responses to “Introducing Holden Nowell… I Mean, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

  1. Now I have that song stuck in my head -_-
    I’ll admit, when I first heard the song on the radio it was a little too bubbly and ‘pop’ sounding, but now I feel like the cute appeal works for it. The song kind of sounds like a song from the 90’s, which is cool.
    The music video itself was actually refreshingly one of the best I’ve been in a while. Although at first glance it seems to focus on sex appeal, it’s actually very cute and I busted out laughing half way through. Now I see the whole thing as bubbly in a good way; and the ending was awesome (:
    By the way, I actually think his muscles are fine…but that might be because when you told me they bulged, I was expecting extreme weight-lifter muscles o_0

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, curry! I agree with what you’ve said, the song’s cuteness is one of its strong selling points. And like you told me in real life, the violins work well too. (:

  2. i think the song was amazing and cool. i liked the story ! (a girl falls in love with a pretty gay boy) it happens a lot .me too i loved a lesbian and she didn t tell until i ve found it out by myself! for holden wether is gay or not? i guess he ie gay , cause if he was not gay he would never accept to take the role being gay !

  3. Aishiteru ningyou

    that guy is totally HOT..<3 lol..

  4. Hey thanks for checking out my blog!
    I’m not a massive book reader myself so that’s why I am commenting on this post. πŸ˜› haha
    I don’t actually find Call Me Maybe that bad to be honest. Carly Rae Jepsen is definitely more talented then Rebecca Black in my opinion. I’d definitely listen to more of Carly’s songs! πŸ˜€

    • No problem! And I’m sure 99.99% of the population will agree with you that Carly Rae Jepsen is more talented than Rebecca Black… I’m looking forward to hearing her next hit too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. Thanks for blogging about this!
    Carly looks so pretty and Holden is so cute. I just didn’t expect that kind of ending. Anyway, these comments on youtube are quite enjoyable to read, haha.

    • Yep, the ending surprised me and quite a few of my friends. The comments on Youtube are always entertaining, I agree. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. AHAHAH 5 stars for this post just because of the tags “I need a life” and “shirtless guys.” [insert applause]

  7. Logan

    he is gay there is a picture of him making out with a guy and he is said to be out and proud

    • Oh, really? That’s intriguing. I personally don’t need proof but I’m sure others who read this would like evidence of your claim (especially because other commenters have contradicted your statement entirely).

  8. Batmaanszz BiTcHHh

    OOHHMMYYYGGGOOODDD!!! DOES AAAANNYYOONEEE KNOW WHAT THE NAME OF THE BLOND HAIRED DUDE THAT THE GAY GUY ASKS OUT?!??! IVE BEEN SEARCHING EVERYWHERE AND CANT GET A NAME… ITS DRIVING ME INSANE!!!! o-O O_______O AARAQRRRGTGGGGHFJDKGSFJLGBVKD;FX

  9. Shay

    One interesting critique to your description/review, the number given to the band number was Holden’s, and yes he is straight.

  10. This song just leaves me feeling all light and happy. Definitely addictive. I read somewhere why the ending was so perfect was because it ends the video on an innocent note, compared to her lustful thoughts at the beginning of the video, and how the whole thing makes it less pressurizing for young girls. Also while it’s not a sad ending, it’s refreshing to see that **spoiler alert** the girl and guy don’t ‘get together’.

    • I totally agree with this, especially how it is less pressurizing for young females. Usually there’s this expectation that the girl has to get the guy and seduce him with her sexiness and what not, but here that’s not the case, which, like you said, is quite refreshing. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  11. Alba

    As you said, not much depth, but extraordinarily cute, and I can’t get it out of my head! But must be honest, I’ve replayed the video over and over, and it was just because of him! WOW, for me, that’s PERFECTION! So yeah, the only reason I read this post was for Holden Nowell =) I don’t feel like it matter if he’s gay or not, STILL PERFECT, but I’m CONFESSING, I came here googling “Holden Nowell gay?”, and, dammit, every time I hear that some GOD is gay, I can not help thinking “Why, Hell, WHY?” Silly me, As if, if not gay, I had a chance! Definitely, I NEED A LIFE! =)
    PD What a shame I can’t share an image, for those who need a proof, just google it, don’t know if it was “script requirement” or what, but STILL HOT.

    • I suppose Carly Rae Jepsen or whoever produced the video made a smart move by including Holden Nowell in it then. (: And while it’s true that there are a myriad of attractive gay guys out there, there are plenty of attractive straight guys out there too – and you will find the right one eventually! πŸ˜€

      Don’t worry though, you’re not the only one who has replayed the video just to watch Nowell mow his lawn… not like I’m implicating myself of such an action… anyway. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  12. oh man.. he is HOT… but alas… he is gay…!!! 😦
    and yeah… sometimes even i think… “why… oh why… do they have to be gay…?!?”

    but if ye really want to know about some good looking straight guys (as in model :P) i know one… Joshua Kloss… he was feat in Katy Perry’s teenage dreams…!!! he is mouthwatering, i mean his biceps and all…!!! *slurrrrp*

    πŸ˜‰

    • Like I just said in response to another comment, there are an abundance of attractive straight males out there too! You’ve already listened one, apparently, so the loss of Holden Nowell (in terms of his sexuality not coinciding with your interests) is not such a big deal. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  13. my roomie showed me this song and this video she was like you have to see this hottie and when it turn put to be gay i was like typical he was to good to be truth anyway cute song

    • Ha ha… it’s sad that there are those who are still homophobic though, even when it’s clear that gay men are capable of being masculine and smart and kind and all of those wonderful things. I agree, it is an extraordinarily cute song. Thank you for stopping by!

  14. numan

    im not gay but i got to give him props he is fit

  15. VANS

    First time i saw the video, i was laughing halfway through..it was a fun video..Carly’s stalker antics were hilarious..^_^ And Holden is so hot..i Googled him afterwards and was definitely disappointed that he’s gay..there is a huge pic of him kissing a guy.. 😦 But it still doesn’t lessen the cuteness of the video..i had LSS (last song syndrome) after watching it..been playing in my head for a few days now.. ^_^

    • Alba

      Oh my God THAT pic! I swear I can not help but think that is sexy. LOL this sounds terribly sick πŸ˜‰

      • VANS, I don’t think I know one person who has outright said the song isn’t catchy – so you are not in the minority when you say that the song is playing in your head. (: And while I don’t exactly endorse looking at pictures of people kissing each other, I suppose it’s alright to admire his attractiveness as long as you don’t get too obsessed – he is a model, after all.

  16. Leah

    Hes goregous! To be honest, so is the band member he gives his number to πŸ˜› Anyone know his name? Google images calls… πŸ˜›

  17. Chris

    IF he is straight, why couldn’t they choose a model who is actually gay? I’m sure there are quite a few. Not that his sexual orientation matters. I guess I’m just so into this guy right now, I’m very curious. And some people claim that there is a picture of him kissing a guy. I need to see the proof πŸ™‚

    • Well, in a lot of music videos and films straight actors play gay characters, and vice versa. An actor’s sexuality is not that difficult to mask when they are acting. I think there is a picture, you can probably pull it up by using Google and the right search terms. (:

  18. Liz Dallton

    no offense man-
    i hate that song.
    not cause its stupid or anything just because everyone at school sings it constantly. no. you dont understand. none of them can sing. it is ANNOYING.

    • Aw, I’m sorry! It is unfortunate when a song becomes too repetitive – a few of my friends dislike Adele’s music because they believe it has become overplayed, which is unfortunate because she is one of the best artists around. Thanks for reading and commenting though!

  19. He is sooooo cute of corse hes’ NOT gay

    • I’m sorry, this comment doesn’t make any sense to me… there’s no correlation between one’s attractiveness and one’s sexuality. Thanks for stopping by though!

  20. Jenna

    the first time i watched it about melted. holden nowell is totally hot. i wouldbnt mind going out qith him. i bet he is also great in bed11 i looked him up after watching the video and had instant orgasims

  21. laia.maskus@web.de

    So first, forgive me because my english is very bad πŸ˜‰
    Now my question:
    I only want so know what the name from the person in the “shocked picture” is.
    Thank you for answering πŸ™‚

  22. Delilah Brandon

    Your illustrations and description are awesome, kudos. πŸ˜€
    My favourite part of all of it though was the tag, Shirtless Guys.
    Nowell and this catchy song are certainly in my way!!

    Cheers.

  23. JRW

    Hi Thomas,
    Came to your blog by way of Wikipedia πŸ™‚ as you are one of two references listed for Nowell!
    While I reviewed your blog briefly, I would like to say I enjoy your humor as it is translated through your words… that is such a gift!! …and as a teacher, I enjoy your excellent writing skills πŸ™‚ So many blogs use slang and other forms of writing; it is refreshing to see someone blog using our language in its finest form! Thank you!
    Finally (the purpose of my post)… Thanks for the info (as limited as it seems to be on the internet) on the young man in the video. Actually, the tattoo on his side is what interested me the most as I watched the video. I keep listening to the video because I love the strings with the keyboard… but this young man is stunning! However, I would also like to know exactly what his tattoo says!
    While I am not able to read blogs daily (teaching and being a student myself doesn’t give me much “me” time) when I can enjoy some time on the computer, I will come back to your blog… and share it with others!
    Good luck to you young man in your academic endeavors and all others!

    • Hello JRW,

      I noticed that people were finding my blog via Nowell’s Wikipedia page, I am thankful for that and I find it somewhat funny at the same time.

      You shouldn’t have to thank me for writing without using slang, there are myriad blogs out there in which writers utilize beautiful language and writing styles better than mine. However, I’m glad that you were able to appreciate my humor – sometimes it’s difficult to convey funny things through the written word.

      One of my friends who doesn’t really enjoy listening to pop music also likes the song because of the strings with the keyboard. Nowell is a model for a reason, and I am curious as to what his tattoo says as well.

      I understand how your time is limited, and thank you for checking out this post and others on my blog. Also, thank you for wishing me luck with my academics – I will try my hardest to succeed!

  24. Like the last comment, I arrived here looking for info on Holden Nowell’s tattoo. I think I followed a tumblr link. Anyway, thanks to this review, I now like this song. I thought it was kinda silly before. The video gives it much needed context. It’s actually quite cute. As is Mr. Nowell. πŸ˜‰

    Curiously, I have read a couple book reviews on your blog and never connected you back to this post. Small world, even on the ‘net.

    • Several people I’ve spoken to have said that the song without the video didn’t click – I’m glad that you like the song more now after watching the video!

      Ha, it is a small world. Maybe it’s because one wouldn’t expect a post about “Call Me Maybe” and book review posts to appear on the same blog. Either way, thanks for connecting everything together and for leaving a comment!

  25. Dalton Likins

    Carly Rae Jepsen won’t be returning any more calls from the Boy Scouts.Last summer’s breakout singing star has canceled her scheduled appearance at this July’s Boy Scouts of America Jamboree, citing the organization’s controversial ban on gay members. .

    • Interesting, I heard that Train is doing that as well – I suppose it’s a good sign as she is fighting for progress in our country. Progress that hopefully will come soon. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Robert

    was fΓΌr ein Auto repariert der Kerl?

  27. Babacar Haidara

    Is he gay

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