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Cailin Russo: ‘I got Butterflies Kissing Justin Bieber’ [All That Matters Girl Interview]

Justin Bieber Kissing Cailin Russo

Meet Cailin Russo, the girl who made out with and rubbed all up on Justin Bieber as his love interest in his latest music video “All That Matters.”

Since the video’s release, Cailin Russo reveals that she’s received a multitude of death threats from the beliebers. On the upside, she got private time with Justin in his trailer — and now facetimes and texts with him.

Checkout her interview with Cosmopolitan.com - all about her experience on set with Justin.

Cosmo: First of all, how old are you?
Cailin Russo: I’m 19, but I’ll be turning 20 on December 17.

Cosmo: And how did you get to be the only girl in this video?
CR: I’m with the Osbrink Agency commercially and I just got a casting one day. I’m friends with Dustin the casting director, so I went and auditioned. I didn’t know what video I was auditioning for — I thought I would be one of seven video girls. After I auditioned, Dustin moved my video up to the front of the line to be viewed first and, to my knowledge, I was the only video that they saw and decided from there.

Cosmo: What was the casting like?
CR: It was super short, just like any other music video casting. Like I said, I didn’t know what the project was for.

Cosmo: So did you freak out when you found what and who the video was for?
CR: I got the call sheet the night before the shoot and my jaw dropped when I saw that it said my name and Justin Bieber’s only. I was on a high. I knew it was going to be a big deal. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it, but I wanted to leave it as a surprise anyway.

Cosmo: Were you nervous on the day of the shoot?
CR: I didn’t have an appetite the day of, but I was so ready to do the job. In the beginning I wasn’t too nervous because Justin didn’t bring his presence until later in the day, but when he did that’s when I got nervous. I didn’t know what was going to happen because the song is super romantic, and since the shoot was set up a certain way, I didn’t even know if we would be shooting together. But the first take was us kissing!

Cosmo: Um, that’s intense. How did you feel about that?
CR: In the beginning it was kind of weird because I had never kissed anyone on set that passionately or that famous. I wasn’t a super fan of his before I did this and I just kept thinking to myself that people would kill to do this.

Cosmo: So, is he a good kisser?
CR: Yeah. Kissing him was nice — I got butterflies and I do still to this day. After the shoot wrapped it felt so surreal, I even got a speeding ticket after the shoot because I was on such a high. I guess you could say I wouldn’t mind doing it again. [Laughs]

Cosmo: Overall, what was Justin like on set?
CR: He introduced himself to everyone when he got there, and then he did his own thing and was talking to his own people. We got way more comfortable as the day went on. He was so nice to me and we were fully conversating the entire time. We would even go into the tour bus in between sets and talk, he’d play me some of his music, like the song with R. Kelly — it was fun.

Cosmo: Did you makeout more in his tour bus?
CR: [Laughs] No, we didn’t make out in his tour bus.

Cosmo: Ok, so since you were this close to him, what did he smell like?
CR: He smelled really nice, like cologne, but I couldn’t place it. And his breath was really fresh all day.

Cosmo: It would have to be with all of those sexy kissing scenes. What has the feedback been from other girls? Are you getting death threats or anything since the video dropped?

CR: I’ve gotten several death threats, none like, “I’m going to find you and kill you,” but I’ve received ones that say, “Die,” and “Kill yourself” — people seriously have no boundaries with social media, I was just doing my job. But there are lot of people defending me, too, which is nice. I’ve definitely gained some fans from this all.

Cosmo: Oh yeah?
CR: Yeah, my Twitter following tripled from 6,000 before the video came out. It’s kind of insane.

Cosmo: Speaking of the video, do you like how it turned out?
CR: I thought they made me look way classy and not trashy at all, and I was happy with how Justin and I interacted. It didn’t come out like we were shoving our tongues in each other’s mouth or anything weird like that at all.

Cosmo: Well, there was clearly chemistry between you both, which helped, right?
CR: I think so. I told myself to not hold back and give it my all, so for me, I wanted it to be as real as possible. I really let myself be in the moment.

Cosmo: Regarding the sexy clothing for the video, did Justin weigh in on the cropped overalls and leather hot pants you wore?

CR: I don’t think so. The costume director was going for an Aaliyah-type of look with the overalls. And the leather bralet and leather hot pant outfit helped to set the mood — it made me feel sexy. I was ready to do whatever they wanted me to do.
Cosmo: I know you said this was the first type of video you’ve done like this. How much of what you did was improv and how much of it was directed?

CR: I think it was 50-50. There is a scene with an ice cube and I didn’t know what to do with it. The director kept telling me to love that ice cube, so I really had to think about how I would be really loving this ice cube. [Laughs] So, I thought about sexy time, ya know? But it was freezing on set, so it was a weird thing to do. All of the lights were red though, which helped set the mood, so I was able to get into it.

Cosmo: So, now that the video has wrapped, do you still talk to Justin?
CR: Yeah, we still talk.

Cosmo: How is he stored in your phone?
CR: I have him under an alias. If my phone is out and I’m with people, I don’t want anyone to see if he texts me or FaceTimes me, ya know?

Cosmo: Oh, so he FaceTimes you?
CR: Yeah, we don’t do it a lot, just now and then.

Cosmo: When he texts you does he use emoticons?
CR: No, just the old-school smiley face that you make with a colon and a parenthesis.

Cosmo: How would you describe your status with him?
CR: We’re homies. We’ll hang out when he’s around and I would love to possibly write music with him someday. His music is so good, I was really intimidated when I heard him singing.

Cosmo: Are you in a relationship currently?
CR: I had a boyfriend up until the video and the drop. We broke up for about a week after, but we’re back together… for now.

Cosmo: So, what attracted-slash-surprised you most about Justin?
CR: That he was humble. He didn’t try to be all flashy and he wasn’t like check out my guns or my six pack. [Laughs.] He was down to earth on the shoot and he was so nice to everyone.

Cosmo: What is the sexiest thing about him?
CR: His voice and his smile — oh my god, it makes your heart crumble a little bit.

Cosmo: Did his harem pants turn you on?
CR: I like his style and yes, I liked his harem pants. We were both wearing them. His were leather and the ones I was wearing were my own.

Cosmo: Switching gears a bit, fans are obsessed with comparing you to Selena. What are your thoughts on that?
CR: I think it’s ridiculous. Selena is a superstar and I’m just a girl in a video. She’s his ex and I’m sure they still have feelings for each other.

Cosmo: How do you think she felt watching you in the video with him?
CR: I’m sure there might be bitterness, but I was just doing my job. She posted a picture on Instagram that said, “I thought he only liked the Latina category. Smh… #nomakeup #hatewhengirlssaythat.” It was clearly directed at him with me in the video, but like I said I was just doing my job.

Cosmo: How did you feel when he posted that picture of you kissing him on the cheek on Instagram?
CR: I didn’t know he was going to post the picture of us on set, but when I saw it I was like, “Oh shit, he just dropped that!”

Cosmo: I’m sure once people saw that your phone probably blew up. What have your friends been saying about this whole experience?
CR: People I haven’t talked to in forever are bragging about me and coming out of the woodworks, claiming my friendship and everything. It’s weird.

Cosmo: Has your life changed since the video?
CR: There hasn’t been anything too crazy — but you probably wouldn’t be calling me if I weren’t in it, so there’s that.

Cosmo: So what’s next for you?
CR: I’m going on a big trip for my birthday in Nigeria, but when I get back I hope there are a ton of opportunities waiting. We’ll see!


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  • hannah bieber

    Omg that was too much to read lol and awwwww she seems nice :)

  • Abberbieberldh

    You’re really lucky & now you’re a big bieliver not a fan

    • tabitha.morales

      I WANT 2 B THE ONLY GIRL,,,,,,,,,,,,,LUV U BAE
      TABI

  • Asdfghjkl

    I don’t like this girl.. and now a days it seems like justins always picking up girls :(
    I miss jelena, selena made him a really good person :( :’((((

    • sarah

      ok how is Justin picking up girls now-a-days? this is ridiculous! and what did she do to make you not like her? all she is doing is her job. she HAS to kiss and rub all up on Justin for the music video. Honestly this has nothing to do with selena who is on tour living her own life. everything little thing Justin does they always have to bring her up -.- but the point is Cailin did nothing wrong. she is a model who got paid to do her job.

    • aleena

      cailin seems like a nice girl and wat ever u r sayin about selena it might be right but justin is not a baby anymore he has grown up and if he really wants to change and b a good person then he can do it himself…

      • jenna

        agreed,everyone just stfu and stop being jelous.god i thought we learned from this when we first foud out about jelena! geez grow up and start acting more mature.

  • BIEBER BEAUTY

    Yho I had to skip some questions, but yeah the interview seemed nyc and she seems like a nyc girl too

  • Abberbieberldh

    Caili are you nigerian? I want to attend your birthday, i m nigerian

    • Kalani

      Yeah I don’t think so. She even says that she was born and raised in San Diego. Why would Selena dis her. They don’t even know each other. Besides cailin has a boyfriend. And besides justin and Selena broke up so last year. It’s not like there getting back together.

  • Kalani

    She seems super sweet and adorable. But she also wants to keep her phone private. And doesn’t want anyone looking At her phone. And be like woah she’s has a alias on her phone.

  • Zoey

    I like Caitlin after reading this interview!

  • Azaria

    I’m sorry but if you call yourself a fan and say things like “die” or “go kill yourself” you’re just a bit obsessive and probably need some help. I don’t care if they’re famous or not, you should never say that to anyone. That could literally drive someone to commit suicide. I hate how obsessive some fans are to the point if he dates someone or even just kisses them in a video they all want to send threatening or hurtful things. You know how awful that is? Imagine getting told that yourself? Reevaluate yourself if you’ve said that to her or anyone for that matter. She was doing the job she was hired for and didn’t even know she was doing said job until she got it.

  • essie j

    she just wants attention damn why would she say that she texts justin wtf

  • AmyheArt

    She’s single she said on her twitter you guys no nothing I hope her and justin get together

  • sara

    I think they look cute together. All the haters can shut their mouth’s. Justin is his own person and can do what he want’s

  • ♥belieber&jelenator♥

    REally ” What did he smell like ” CREEPYY but im getting use to her now

  • iwujb

    plzzz come in India…at least once plzzx

  • rb

    The woman ‘Cailin Russo ‘ has class; she didn’t trash Justin or Selena in her interview with Cosmopolitan. She made it clear that Selena is his ex and she is sure they still have feelings for each other. Selena have also kissed on set while filming.

    • Kim

      And she also made it clear that she has,a boyfriend

      • Kalani

        Even though she has a boyfriend. They can still keep in touch. I’m sure justin has friends under alias names. I’m sure Justin keeps his phone private. So no one sees his phone.

  • Kim

    Yea kalani i totally agree with you she is just friends with Justin but Hollywood life is starting up drama by saying that they are more than friends i just can’t believe the media always making up crap after she made it pretty clear that she has a boyfriend

    • Kalani

      They broke up. But got back together. She even says she has justin under a alias name. I wonder what he has her under. Justin is smoking hot. Can you believe he was cussing at the police. Justin has every right to defend his friend.

      • Kalani

        Oops, I meant to say was the Australian federal police found weed in one of Justin’s friend. But then Justin was cussing at the police. Why would they make up stories about Justin. That was way before thsnksgiving.

  • Monica

    I like her for him i just want Justin to have someone sweet and hot. She’s a pretty girl and she seems like she likes Justin. I would ship it but you know nothing too serious too soon baby steps. She seem really sweet and down to Earth, why would people hate on her.

  • munas

    i don’t think justin will ever love a girl like the way he loves selena and that is so sad but i can’t blamed him if i was a boy i will also go crazy about her I’m not selena fan but i think she is must beautiful girl ever and elegant she really knows how to dress

    • honey

      He won’t even think about Gomez when he gets married and people please stop talking about the past

      • Sinthia

        I know right it gets pretty much annoying.

  • Sinthia

    They ask so much questions that they have to know about.Well nobody can’t hate on her now cause her Birthday is on December 17.

    • Sinthia

      She also didn’t know that the video was going to be romantic man could see that he love kissing girls in every video huh :) not a problem with me as long is not you who which im not going to say her name.

  • Melina

    I have never had a problem with Cailin, like she said, she’s just doing her job.

  • Jennifer

    Its true she is doing her gob and I like her she’s funny.

  • hannah bieber

    She’s not a bad person she was just doing her job and she made it clear that she had a boyfriend.I don’t know why people are hating on her for she seems really nice and sweet:)

  • julie

    THe girl in the video misread it because she assumed. The caption is saying what Selena herself hears OTHERS saying “I thought he only liked latinas” She hates it when girls say that….note the Hashtag. im above everyones age here and not a fan…just nobel. selena is more mature than to say that herself. she’s responding to ALL the female comenters who bring ethnicity into the equation…maybe it bugs her because its a dig for someone to say that ethnicity played a part in the their relationship.

    • Kalani

      Selena is stupid. She acts like she’s miss goody goody. Fool.

      • julie

        the Fools are the one’s who take someones words and rearranges them. I don’t even like selena or justin dont know them don’t care. I do like social media and witnessing cahoons make comments like they know left from right. Again, selena gomez is clearly saying she hates it when girls say justin stupid bieber only likes latinas. its offensive like saying someone likes you for your ethnicity and not just “you”. again tho im speaking to 13 yearolds.

  • nicki

    I WILL HAVE BUTTERFLIES TOO IF I WAS IN A VIDEO WITH JUSTIN AND KISSED HIM! I LUV JUSTIN!

    • Kalani

      I know right. I’ve watched the video like 5 times. I love the video. Justin must be a good kisser if he kissed Caitlin and other girls. He must be a sweet talker.

  • hey

    i like her. she seems nice.