Maddie explains that Sia first reached out over Twitter. The 12-year-old told Entertainment Weekly, “I met Sia last year. She tweeted me, and she was like, ‘I’m a big fan of [Dance Moms], and I would like you to be in the video for my new song, Chandelier.”
Maddie adds of getting to do the video and learn the Chandelier choreography at short notice, “I actually flew to L.A., like, two weeks later. It was real. I didn’t even know if I could do it, because we’re filming our show, Dance Moms. But it was amazing. They gave me four days to learn the dance, because they were like, ‘She won’t be able to learn it in less than that.’ So they gave me four days, and I learned it in three hours, I think?”
Maddie continues of how her life has changed since being in a video that got 442,000,000 views on YouTube, “It’s crazy. I don’t even know… [but] I’m surprised people recognize me. People used to say, ‘Oh you’re Maddie from Dance Moms,’ but now, most people are like, ‘Oh, you’re the girl from the Chandelier video!'”
Her friends and family wanted all the gossip from the set, but there was none: “When I came back from filming the Chandelier video, everyone was like, ‘So what’d you wear? What did the room look like? How many chandeliers were there?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I wore a blond wig, a nude leotard, the room was dirty, and there was no chandelier.’ And they were like, ‘Whaaat? That doesn’t make any sense at all.’ I didn’t even know what to say.”
She adds of getting the chance to work with Sia on a second music video, Elastic Heart, “Getting to do another Sia video is just crazy. It’s been a lot of fun, and definitely a lot more special appearances and cool performances with Sia. I didn’t get to do that before.”
So how was it on set? Still dirty? Yes!
Maddie recalls, “The story behind [Elastic Heart] is a lot different than the Chandelier video. When I did Elastic Heart obviously it was the same concept with my leotard and wig, but we were really dirty. I’m going to be honest with you, it was the most dirty I’ve ever been in my whole entire life. My shower was disgusting, and the water was like…ugh. I was disgusted. We had to rehearse in the cage, so we could get used to it, and we just kept getting dirtier and dirtier. And I brought wipes and everything and a change of clothes for when we left, and I was like, ‘Shia, you’re gonna need these,’ and I kept giving him wipes. But he was like, fine with it, and I was like, ‘Ewwww! I don’t like being dirty!'”
She said, “[Some of the dirt in Elastic Heart] was makeup, but we also had real dirt from the floor. I don’t know, boys are different—they don’t care about being dirty. And girls are just like, ‘Ew, I don’t like this!'”
Maddie adds, co-star Shia LaBeouf was very sweet and took her family to dinner before shooting the video.
Sia has reacted to the backlash to the Elastic Heart music video by apologising to anyone triggered by it (Maddie, 12, dancing closely with Shia, 28). Sia adds, anyone shocked will really have something to complain about when she releases the behind-the-scenes footage.
In response to some former Dance Moms stars calling the video inappropriate, Sia tweeted “I anticipated some ‘pedophelia!!!’ Cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play.” She also tweeted, “I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”