Fans might recognize a familiar face in Sabrina Carpenter's "Skin" video. The clip, which shows Carpenter and a love interest weathering a storm together, has fans talking for a number of reasons. Her co-star shares an uncanncy resemblance to rumored flame Joshua Bassett, but that's not the only reason he might seem familiar. For fans wondering who the boy in Sabrina Carpenter's "Skin" video is, here's the deal.
The "Skin" music video arrived on Feb. 1, just a few weeks after Carpenter got wrapped up in a slew of online drama with fellow Disney stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett. But if you're thinking "Skin" was only a response to Rodrigo's "Drivers License," think again.
"I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it," she explained on Instagram. "I was at a tipping point in my life for countless reasons. So I was inspired to do what i usually do to cope, write something that I wish I could have told myself in the past. people can only get to you if you give them the power to. and a lot of people were trying to get to me."
Carpenter didn't mention whether it was intentional to have her "Skin" co-star resemble Bassett, but fans might recognize her co-star Gavin Leatherwood from Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He starred in the series from 2018 to 2020.
You can watch Carpenter's "Skin" music video below.
Leatherwood said he was "fortunate" to have been featured in the video, which marked Carpenter's first release since announcing she signed to Island Records on Jan. 26.
Despite Carpenter insisting "Skin" wasn't a direct response to Rodrigo's "Drivers License," there were a few lines that grabbed fans' attention.
One verse went, "Maybe we could've been friends if I met you in another life / Maybe then we could pretend there's no gravity in the words we write / Maybe you didn't mean it / Maybe 'blonde' was the only rhyme."
Between the eyebrow-raising lyrics and the doppelgänger in the video, it seems that Carpenter's song was undeniably (at least in part) a response to the love triangle drama. And if she was looking to send the internet into chaos with her new video, she certainly cast the right guy.