But we have a particularly soft spot in our Hough-loving hearts for his music video work, especially when he's both behind and in front of the camera. Yesterday, Hough released what he describes as a "passion project" of a video: a cover of Breaking Benjamin's "Ashes of Eden," sung, directed by and starring Mr. Hough himself. And because no Houghian project is complete without dance, there's also a corps of contemporary powerhouses blazing through choreo by Rudy Abreu (RUDY! We've missed you!).
There's extremely full-out improv.
There are dramatic moments involving gauzy curtains.
There are aggressive, slow-motion showers of leaves.
There are lingering closeups of Derek's face.
There is SO MUCH BEAUTIFUL ANGST.
Basically, there's everything you ever needed from a Derek Hough project. Enjoy, friends.