Usually, when a country artist is casting for a video, they audition all kinds of really beautiful people. But this time, when Jake Owen was getting ready to make his video for “What We Ain’t Got,” it sounds like he wanted beautifully real people.
The other actors who show up in the video aren’t actors, either.
“The lady without hair, the girl in the wheelchair — it was real important to have real people and real scenarios in the song to help with the message of it as opposed to it just being me,” Owen said.
Owen has said before how much he loved Meadows’ song and wanted to record it even though he’d never struggled with addiction or illness himself.
“There was one line in the song — ’I wanted the world until my whole world stopped’ — that hit me. As a 33-year-old man that is married with a child, I try to balance my life out on the road,” he admitted. “I’ve noticed that my chase of wanting to be better and wanting to win awards sometimes clouds my vision of what is real on a day-to-day basis.”