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Eddie Redmayne says directing Taylor Swift is ‘an actor’s dream’

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Taylor Swift is famous for her musical skills. But during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the pop star got to talk about some of her other creative endeavors. The singer writes and directs many of her music videos. And actor Eddie Redmayne praised Swift, calling her “an actor’s dream.”

Swift has been writing and directing her own music videos on a regular basis since her early days Lover Epoch. The singer has directed music videos for “Me!”, “You Need To Calm Down”, “Lover”, “The Man”, “Cardigan”, “Willow”, “Anti-Hero” and “Bejeweled”.

One of her most critically acclaimed videos is the short film for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version). The track was originally much shorter and was released in 2012 Red Album. When Swift re-recorded the album, she finally gave fans the 10-minute version of the song she’d teased fans about for years.

Swift spoke about jumping back into the director’s chair and how much fun it was working with Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink. Norton asked what kind of director she was when it came to reading the line verbatim or improvising.

The singer said she does a little bit of both, explaining: “[I’ll] say, “Okay, let’s do it like the script says,” but then [say] ‘Let’s make a freedom game where you can do anything, however you would interpret it.’”

Redmayne, who was a guest on The Graham Norton ShowHe was quick to praise Swift’s directing approach.

“What you just said is basically every actor’s dream,” he said. The actor shared that when “a director has faith in you,” it’s a really pleasant initial experience to play around with. Redmayne ended the plea to Swift: “Please cast me.”

If Redmayne appears in one of Swift’s future music videos, the collaboration will be a long time coming. During the talk show, Swift opened up about the couple once being screened together for a movie.

Swift was asked to do a screen test for the role of Eponine in the 2012 film version pathetic. Redmayne portrayed Marius, Eponine and Cosette’s love interest, played by Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, respectively.

The pop star obviously didn’t get the role. But there were no hard feelings. “I had more of the look of Cosette,” Swift said. “But I had the vocal range of Eponine. So it was established that I was there for a good time, not for long.”

She knew she wouldn’t get the part. But when casting directors asked her to come to London and screen test Redmayne, Swift jumped at the chance. However, things didn’t go as she planned — instead of doing her best to meet Redmayne, Swift’s teeth were covered in brown paint and makeup artists put dark shadows under her eyes.

To make matters worse, Redmayne was wearing normal clothes! However, he had his own concerns. The actor had eaten garlic bread before the screen test and was concerned about the smell of his breath. Upon hearing his side of the story, Swift laughed, “It’s nice to hear that we were both struggling at that moment.”

RELATED: Taylor Swift ready to direct feature film: ‘If it were the right thing, it would be such a privilege’

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