Aliens mistake Zooey Deschanel for Katy Perry in 'Not the End of the World' music video
In the music video for Perry’s “Not the End of the World,” which the pop singer dropped Monday morning, a spaceship full of benevolent blue-skinned aliens abducts Deschanel thinking she’s Perry, whom they revere and wish to rescue before our exhausted planet comes to its untimely demise. Ever the quick thinker, the New Girl star plays along, trying on Teenage Dream-era costumes and props in hopes that she and her fellow space travelers can save Earth.
Perry teased the video on her social media channels on Sunday and will host an Instagram Live along with Deschanel to discuss the clip at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, followed by a group meditation. An astrology enthusiast (and Scorpio), Perry appears to have intentionally timed the video release to coincide with Monday’s “Great Conjunction,” in which Jupiter and Saturn have both entered Aquarius, coming closer together than the two planets have been in almost 400 years. Many astrologers cite the conjunction as an energetic turning point, kicking off a new Age of Aquarius.
“Not the End of the World” is from Perry’s fifth studio album, Smile, which came out at the end of the summer. Leading up to the release, singles “Smile,” “Daisies,” and “Never Really Over” (the latter of which initially came out as a stand-alone single in 2019) all got dedicated videos. In the weeks after Smile’s release, Perry shared new videos for seven of its 12 songs in what she called “The Smile Video Series,” each rendered in a distinct style, mostly in different animation techniques. Following that series, she released a video for "Teary Eyes" consisting of behind-the-scenes footage ("Behind the Smile," as she labeled it), a video for a remix of "Resilient," and now the Deschanel-starring "Not the End of the World."
This year marked a new era for Perry in more ways than one: Mere days before the release of Smile, the singer gave birth to her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom, a daughter named Daisy Dove. Perry had previously announced her pregnancy as only she could: By pointedly cradling her belly at the end of the music video for “Never Worn White.”
Check out the “Not the End of the World” video above.