Julia Stiles in “Crime Tip” Music Video From Leisure Cruise
Julia Stiles first met Leah Siegel—half of synth-pop duo Leisure Cruise and daughter of NPR’s Robert Siegel—back in 2012, when the two of them performed together in Sarah Sophie Flicker and Karen Elson’s The Citizens Band. Siegel ran into Dave Hodge, the other half of Leisure Cruise and a frequent Feist collaborator, at a café not long later. After Siegel and Hodge decided to write and record together, Stiles became the new band’s very first fan. And that’s how the three of them came to film the video for Leisure Cruise’s toe-tappy song “Crime Tip,” premiering today exclusively on Vogue.com.
The video finds Stiles inhabiting the character of a dangerous film noir seductress who happens to be the object of affection of a Scotch-drinking P.I. played by performance artist Jon Morris (of Fuerzabruta). As one might expect, she turns the tables on him, and then the glitter comes out, and things get really weird. Director Michael McQuilken conceived of the script with Stiles in mind, and she didn’t hesitate to take on the part. “A film noir–turns–twisted fairy-tale nightmare? Red lips and gold lamé? Yes please!” Stiles told us by email. “I just wish I could audition to play the tambourine for them.” So do we, Julia. So do we.