Taylor Swift Recounts ‘Nightmare’ Audition for ‘Les Miserables’ Role


Taylor Swift remembers one audition that didn’t go over too well. The Midnight singer recalled what happened during her audition for the 2012 movie musical Les Misérables and how she was excited to meet Eddie Redmayne, who played Marius. However, an unanticipated costume change quickly turned her excitement into disappointment.”Basically, I was up for two roles. I had the look of Cosette and the range, vocally, of Éponine,”Swift stated this during T’s 28th October episodeGraham Norton Show via E! Online. “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.”

She continued, “But, they asked if I would like to go to London to do a screen test with Eddie, who is one of my favourite actors, and I thought ‘This isn’t an experience I am going to get again in my life,’ so I said yes.” Despite the singer’s best efforts, things became a bit embarrassing after she was given a less-than-ideal makeover as a dying Éponine. “When I got there they put me in full 19th Century street urchin costume and told me they were going to paint my teeth brown and I was like, ‘You are going to do that after I meet Eddie Redmayne right?’ But no, they made me look like death and it became a nightmare,”She shared her secrets. “When I met Eddie I didn’t open my mouth to speak!”

Swift was also on The Graham Norton Show with Redmayne. Swift also acknowledged that the moment had a lasting impression on him. It wasn’t his wardrobe choices, but his poor food choices that made him dread the screen-test. “I thought we would just be singing off each other,”He elaborated. “I didn’t know we would be in each other’s arms.”The Fantastic Beasts star added, “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.”

Having auditioned for the role of Éponine in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables and lost out to Samantha Barks, Swift told Variety She added that she worked with the King’s Speech director to her dream board. She immediately said yes when he asked for her in Cats. Critics and viewers lambasted the 2019 film due to its “digital fur technology” along with a laundry list of other missteps and controversies. Swift replied, “I have no regrets about my appearance.” “I had a really great time working on that weird-ass movie.” 

Swift, who took on a British accent to portray Bombalurina, was part of the film’s cast. Submitted Variety in 2020, “I’m not gonna retroactively decide that it wasn’t the best experience. I never would have met Andrew Lloyd Webber or gotten to see how he works, and now he’s my buddy. I got to work with the sickest dancers and performers. No complaints.”Swift’s comments could be interpreted as] introspection or justification, however they are consistent with her past statements about the film. “You have to dislocate the end result with your experience, and you have to commit to doing it only based on what you think the experience will be, and if the experience will teach you things that enrich your life,” Swift spoke at the moment. “So that’s exactly what I thought this would be.”

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