A long, long time ago, before Madonna had her own kids — the pop star sometimes danced with them in her music videos. She did that perhaps most famously in the video for “Open Your Heart,” in which one boy — who could pass for a young Leonardo DiCaprio — waits patiently for Madonna after her show so the two can happily bust a few moves in the street. It’s a classic hit that we find ourselves fighting the urge to jump and dance to every time it pops onto our playlist.
Since we know for a fact that said young boy wasn’t actually DiCaprio, the question remains — who was that kid, and whatever happened to him?
After doing a little research, we discovered his name is Felix Howard! He was a 13-year-old boy from the UK when he won the opportunity to appear opposite Madonna in the music video. As it turns out, music has remained an important part of his life.
As his IMDB page explains, Howard grew up to be a musician and songwriter, penning tunes for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and the Sugababes. He’s even helped produce a music video for Sia! In more recent years, he has risen through the ranks at EMI Music in the UK. After acting as VP of A&R for the label, he is now overseeing the U.S. operations in a new A&R executive position, based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Translation: The kid who once tried to sneak into Madonna’s show is now a major player in deciding which artists make it big in the music biz. Not too shabby for a once-upon-a-time teen dancer, wouldn’t you agree?