OFFSTAGE: Sheryl Crow Kisses Smith Jerrod

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The kiss is maybe 10 seconds long. And it’s at the very end of Sheryl Crow’s new “Easy” video. But still. It is sexy, sexy, sexy. So I asked her co-star, Jason Lewis (who played the boy toy Smith Jerrod in the Sex and the City TV show and movies) what it was like.

“Ain’t nothing wrong with kissing pretty girls and being paid for it,” Lewis told me. “Sheryl’s incredibly decent and personable and humble and fun to be with.”

In the video, Lewis plays the same kind of charming boyfriend that he played on Sex in the City. And he says he doesn’t mind it. “There’s nothing wrong with it, per se. But there’s certainly more I’d like to do than be a sex symbol,” Lewis admitted.

Lewis and Crow shot the video in Nashville, and while he plays the ukulele in the video, he does not play one in real life. Only a little bit of guitar, he said. And he likes Crow’s music, especially because he digs her back story. In the late ’80s, Crow was a background vocalist for artists like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder before making a name for herself as a solo artist.

“I’ve been a fan since she broke out a long time ago. She’s got a great story, having been a backup singer for so long and then coming to the forefront herself,” he said.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.