Taylor Swift had a less-than-pleasant screen test with Eddie Redmayne for the 2012 movie Les Misérables—and honestly, we can feel her pain.
The singer, who recently set the internet alight with her new album Midnights, reflected on the disastrous audition while appearing on The Graham Norton Show alongside Oscar winner Redmaybe. “Basically, I was up for two roles,” Swift recalled. “I had the look of Cosette and the range vocally of Éponine, so it was established I was there for a good time but not for a long time. I wasn't going to get the role.”
Offering further context, the 32-year-old continued: “But they asked if I would like to go to London to do a screen test with Eddie, who is one of my favorite actors, and I thought, This isn't an experience I am going to get again in my life, so I said yes.”
However, once she got to the set of Tom Hooper's 2012 production, the crew put her in “full 19th-century street urchin costume” before she even had the chance to meet Redmayne.
“So I get there, and they're like, ‘Okay, so we really wanna make you look like Éponine,’” Swift said “So they were like, ‘We're actually gonna paint your teeth brown for this.’ And I'm like, ‘So you're gonna do that after I meet Eddie Redmayne, right? That's not something you do before, I get to meet people, and then you do the brown teeth.’ And they're like, ‘Oh, no, everybody's gonna meet you with the brown teeth, and we're gonna do big circles under your eyes, like you're near death,’ and I was like, ‘This has immediately become a nightmare for me…’”
Swift added that when she eventually met Redmayne, she “didn't open her mouth to speak.” Honestly, we would be mortified too!
But the superstar songwriter shouldn't have fretted because the Good Nurse actor Redmayne was also nervous while shooting for the screen test with Swift because of his own issues.
“I thought we would just be singing off each other—I didn't know we would be in each other's arms,” Eddie hilariously recounted. “My overriding memory of it is that I had had pizza and garlic dough balls beforehand, and all I could think about was my garlic breath while Taylor was dying in my arms, and I was trying to show emotion.”
Unfortunately for Taylor Swift, she bagged neither the role of Éponine nor Cosette, which later went to Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, respectively. The country turned pop singer went on to showcase her acting chops in films such as Cats and Amsterdam.
This post was originally published on Glamour UK.
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