Friday, July 18, 2014

The Girl in the Video: “Stay the Night” (1984)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “Stay the Night” by Chicago.

The girl-now-woman: Ingrid Anderson.

How old were you when you appeared in the “Stay the Night” video?


Where were you living at the time?

West Los Angeles.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

I had modeled, done many commercials, and done a few guest appearances on TV shows. I was one of the Old Spice girls. That dates me!

How were you cast?

I went to a general casting. I was selected from photos. When I met Peter Cetera for the final approval, I was wearing a loose silk blouse that caught the wind. I remember a funny look on his face and then he smiled and said the way the blouse had looked for a moment [made him think] I was pregnant. He was relieved and approved me when he told me this. He had a great sense of humor. They were so nice.

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

I was excited to do it because I had been a fan of the band and had seen them in concert growing up in northern California.

Where was the video filmed?

Downtown Los Angeles.

How long was the shoot?

We shot for over a week.

How did you feel making the video?

It was so much fun! They were all very friendly and professional.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

The hardest part was driving with him hanging on the car. Most of the driving was done with a stunt double [Debbie Evans]. Apparently they didn’t trust my driving!

How was it to work with Chicago? What were they like? Did any of them hit on you?

It was fun to work with them. This was the ‘80s and I was new to Hollywood. At night, I went out to clubs with my boyfriend and friends and the band was very family oriented. They had their families there. I expected them to be rock and roll types. The first morning I saw Peter in jogging shorts. He had taken a jog. It seemed out of character to me at that time in my life.

Any funny stories from the shoot?

Well, when I kept having to hit him in the face, the director wanted it to be real. For some reason there was a camera problem and [I had to hit] this poor guy over and over! I felt badly about hitting him so hard that he almost was bruising. Finally his face was red and he said, “Okay, now it’s hurting…just give it all you’ve got one last time!”

Anything go wrong on the shoot?

We had car problems. Other than that it was pretty smooth.

What did you think of the video?

I liked it. I thought I looked fat, but I always thought that! Ha ha.

What did your parents think of it?

I don’t think they saw it.

What did your friends think of it?

Everyone else loved it.

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

I was in Europe when it premiered.

Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

I had gone to Springfield, MO for the holidays with my boyfriend at the time. He was a model and his father was a Southern Baptist minister. The family was very conservative. I had just come back from Milan and was dressed a little wild for the area. Suddenly someone yelled, “Ingrid is on TV!” That was awkward. I don’t think they were impressed. It’s amazing that at that time, the video was considered provocative! It’s hard to believe now.

Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?

I got lots of fan mail but I don’t have any of it.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?

There was no controversy that I know of.

What were you paid?

I believe it was $10,000.

Were you ever recognized in public?

I was recognized all of the time. One night I was at a restaurant in L.A. when a tipsy woman walked up and said, “That’s the bitch from the video.” She slapped me and poured her drink on my head! They escorted her out but I told them not to call the cops.

Did you appear in other music videos after that?

No, I didn’t. Shortly after, I worked on a TV show, Cover Up.

Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?

I used to be friends with Tawny Kitaen. We had lots of fun together.

If you went to college, where and what did you study?

I had a full scholarship to Berkeley, but I graduated young and my mother wouldn’t let me go. She thought I would get in trouble in Berkley. So I worked, saved money, and went to a junior college in Stockton. I wanted to go into medicine. As soon as I could, I went to L.A. I walked into an open casting at a model agency with a Polaroid. They signed me and I traveled all over the world. I’ve seen almost every country.

What are you doing these days?

I recently lost my mother to Alzheimer’s and I had an accident and hurt my back. Now my father is ill. I came back to northern California to be with him and it looks like I’ll be having back surgery shortly. Then I can carry on with my life!


Where do you live?

Right now I’m in northern California, in the country surrounded by orchards, but I really miss the city!

If you are/were married, what was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video?

I was married to Steven Bauer. Everyone knows him from Scarface. I stopped working when we got married. We are still really good friends.


I have my one wonderful son, Dylan Bauer. He is 23.

What does he think of the video?

He only recently saw it and he loved it!

What did you think when you first heard from me?

I was happy and surprised. I’m really sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. There has been so much going on with my father and my favorite antidepressant is exercise. I love to run. About the time you contacted me was when I had just found out that I must have this surgery.

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?

No, not that I recall specifically.

Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?

No, I haven’t. I definitely would.

Did you stay in touch with anyone else from the video?

No, I haven’t stayed in touch with anyone. I had an invitation to a Chicago event where they were playing the video, but I was out of the country at the time.

How do you look back on the experience?

It was a lot of fun. I hadn’t looked at it in ages, until you contacted me.

Anything you’d like to add?

People are always surprised when I tell them my age.

Bonus fact:

Debbie Evans, who was the stunt driver in “Stay the Night,” was also the stunt faller (Alice’s double) in “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”

Tweet about this interview to @chicagotheband @tweetercetera!

Next: Don Henley, “The Boys of Summer” (1984)...again.


DB Cooper said...

I loved this the first time I saw it..peters acting the romatic comedian and the very beautiful evil woman torturing him while driving that kind of car I wish I had.

Jeff gomes said...

Best video perfect girl perfect car the 80's rule

DesScorp said...

Just now discovered this, and I've gotta say... thanks. Believe it or not, I spent the better part of a decade looking for "who that Chicago video girl is!" in the 2000's only to give up (everyone seemed to think it was the stunt double). Only recently found her identity, and that was unconfirmed until now. The last remaining Google mystery has now been solved. She's as lovely as ever. Hope her surgery goes well.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Glad you appreciate, DesCorp! Actually, the last remaining Google mystery is here:

Jason Christensen said...

Loved this video when it came out. The beautiful girl, the 442 , and a great Chicago song! What more do you want??

Willendorf said...

Big Chicago/ Cetera fan here. She looks good! Loved the video, knowing I would have had fun In it, too! Good luck with surgery, IngrId. :)

Willendorf said...

Big Chicago/ Cetera fan here. She looks good! Loved the video, knowing I would have had fun In it, too! Good luck with surgery, IngrId. :)

NBA cares..... said...

Big muscle car fan/Chicago 17 ,made me a fan,forever... Grew up watching this video,yes it was provocative ,in the times. Become a lifetime Chicago Authority fan forever, because of this album/video. You were( and the Google photos show..),still a very attractive woman. Thank You!

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