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Taylor John Smith Is Just as Romantic as His Where the Crawdads Sing Counterpart

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If you thought you recognized Taylor John Smith in Where the Crawdads Sing, it’s probably because he starred alongside Amy Adams in the gritty HBO series Sharp Objects back in 2018.

Four years later, he’s come a long way from playing John Keene, Wind Gap’s local outcast and prime murder suspect—a role he once told this writer he was almost too pretty to score. “I did not fit the bill for it,” the 27-year-old actor says of his Sharp Objects audition during our recent Zoom call. “I definitely connect much more with Tate than I did with my character in Sharp Objects, which is nice. There’s a bunch of beautiful throughlines between the kind of person he is and the kind of person I try to be.”

Tate, of course, is the tall, blond romantic lead in Where the Crawdads Sing, the syrupy Southern murder mystery starring Daisy Edgar Jones, based on the best-selling novel by controversial author Delia Owens. “He’s just kind and loving and curious,” Smith continues. “I’m always working on trying to be a better version of myself. And I think Tate does the same.”

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Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures

Smith was in Australia working on another project when he first got called in for a chemistry read for Crawdads. “I had about two or three days to read as much of the book as I could,” he recalls. “The nearest bookstore to me was closed, so I had to buy the audiobook, and I thought it would be a smart idea to listen to it at one and a half times speed. It was a big mistake. Finally, on the flight home, I got to read it cover to cover and was just blown away by the book to the point where I was a little emotional and the air stewardess had to come to check on me.”

If you found yourself falling for Taylor John Smith’s gallant Southern charm in the film, the good news is that he’s single! Even better, the actor took part in Glamour’s Inappropriate Questions column to discuss working with Jones, his love of Taylor Swift, and what he looks for in a partner.

Glamour: How did you build your on-screen chemistry with Daisy Edgar Jones?

Taylor John Smith: Every time that we weren’t working, we were hanging out, doing movie nights, or we’d go walk around town or go on nature walks. She was teaching me how to DJ at some point. We’d just sit around and drink tea and talk for hours.

What kind of tea do you drink?

Whatever way Daisy would make it for me. I usually don’t drink tea—but if she was, I was.

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Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures

Taylor Swift wrote a song for Crawdads. What’s your favorite T.Swift song?

Probably “Love Story.” She was one of the first concerts I ever went to as a kid. It was like at the Delaware State Fair when I was 12 or 13. She had that curly hair, and it was just her and a guitar. I remember being so enamored by her.

Do you have a go-to karaoke song?

“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. That’s something that the whole family can get behind. You know, everybody knows that. And you could just yell the whole time, if you don’t sound good.

You have a full day to binge-watch whatever you want. What are you watching?

Anything Taylor Sheridan wrote. Sicario, Wind River, Hell or High Water

What's your sign?

Taurus. I don't know what my superpowers are. I don't know what the different signs mean, but I know that's mine.

Do you believe in astrology at all?

I’m sure everything’s connected in one way or another but not enough to put any real meaning to it. My friends tried to get me on this app called CoStar, but I don’t know the time I was born.

What’s your favorite rom-com?

Bridesmaids.

What is the weirdest thing you do in your alone time?

I like a guilty pleasure of cutting a watermelon in half and eating it with a spoon while I watch a movie. Like, I’ll eat a whole half a watermelon to myself on the couch. That’s my hot date night. It’s just me with a spoon eating watermelon.

What’s the sexiest thing about you?

My kindness.

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Michele K. Short/Sony Pictures

What is your hangover cure?

Punishing myself on the treadmill.

Couldn’t be me. What do you listen to when you’re on the treadmill?

Usually like EDM or house music, or I have a rap playlist. I’m obsessed with the Swedish House Mafia’s new album, so I’ll just listen to that from start to finish. And then sometimes I get in weird moods where I want to listen to sad music while I work out. I’ll listen to Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler—sad acoustic music. I’m weird.

What's something everybody loves that you don't like?

When people do random acts of kindness and film it. Your left hand should never know what your right hand is doing. I think it should be between you and the person you're helping out. I like that people are being helped, but there's something about it that bothers me.

What do you look for in a partner?

Consistency.

I love it when my partner____?

Calls. I love a good phone call or FaceTime.

What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?

For three and a half years I drove every weekend, from Thursday to Monday, to Vegas from California to be with my girlfriend. Just consistently, every weekend, making the time.

What’s a relationship rule you think is bullshit?

You’re not allowed to have your own life outside of the relationship. You should have your own things going on. I think you should have mutual friends and then should also have your own friends and, you know, mutual interests and things you do together, but you should have your me time. I think it’s very important for both people.

You can’t make the other person the adventure. You have to go on the adventure together. I think that builds a healthy relationship.

You can see Where the Crawdads Sing in theaters now. Emily Tannenbaum is an entertainment editor, critic, and screenwriter living in Los AngelesFollow her on Twitter @ectannenbaum.

Originally Appeared on Glamour