Andrew Garfield Dresses in Drag for Arcade Fire's Moving 'We Exist' Video

The Amazing Spiderman 2 star becomes a different kind of heroine.

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In Dallas Buyer's Club (opens in new tab), we saw Jared Leto (opens in new tab) portray a cross-dressing AIDS patient with both grit and vulnerability. Now, Andrew Garfield (opens in new tab), star of The Amazing Spiderman 2 (opens in new tab), has brought a similar portraiture to life in Arcade Fire's (opens in new tab) new video for their powerful ballad "We Exist." In it, Garfield sheds his macho, superhero image and transforms into a young man coming to terms with his sexual identity in an oppressive small town.

The video begins with Garfield shaving his head, putting on a blonde wig, and dressing up for a night out. He heads to a local watering hole, filled with local townies, grabs a drink, and admires an old couple slow dancing on their own. A man comes over, asks for a dance, and just as Garfield's begins to feel at ease, he's attacked by a group of men.

Fortunately, things take a happier turn when Garfield segues into a dreamy dance sequence, in which he and a troupe of men put on a choreographed routine inside the bar. At the end of the video, Garfield finds himself onstage with Arcade Fire during their live set at Coachella (opens in new tab), ending the video on a truly euphoric high note.

Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.