Taylor Swift could have had a role in Twilight: why the director rejected her application at the time?
Sylvie Claire / August 21, 2022
Sometimes being a fan isn't enough. After the release of the first installment of the Twilight saga in 2009, singer Taylor Swift, then 19 years old, became a fan of vampires and werewolves, which were the rage of all young adult pop culture fans. So much so that she wanted to appear in the second movie, Twilight Chapter II: Temptation.
On Tuesday, in a new episode of The Twilight Effect poscast, co-hosted by actress Ashley Green - who plays Alice Cullen in the saga - the director of Temptation returned to the singer's candidacy. Taylor Swift was a huge Twilight fan, and we had the same agent at the time, says Weitz. He said, 'Taylor would love to be in this movie, not because you're directing, but because she's a Twi-hard. According to their mutual agent, the singer was willing to take on an extra role, including a silhouette in the cafeteria or in a restaurant.
Even then, Taylor Swift was a global star, with two solo albums to her credit and a few guest star appearances on the small screen. A notoriety that could have hindered the Twilight movie and its shooting, according to the director: The most complicated thing for me was to know that, as soon as Taylor Swift appeared on screen, nobody would be able to do anything for at least five minutes. While he's sure the singer's presence would have drawn all eyes, Chris Weitz regrets being so adamant: I kicked myself for that, because I was like, 'Wow, I could have hung out with Taylor Swift. We could have been friends. [...] She had to be like, 'Who's this jerk? but sometimes you make decisions thinking it's the best thing for the movie.
This vain attempt has not prevented Tayor Swift from making a name for herself outside the song, in the movies. She will be in the next film of David O. Russell, Amsterdam, alongside, among others, Margot Robbie and Christian Bale.