The season 2 finale of New Girl will be Taylor-made.
Taylor Swift is guest-starring in the May 14 episode of the Fox comedy, EW has learned. The country pop star will play a character named Elaine, who is an “important guest” at the wedding of Cece (Hannah Simone) and Shivrang (Satya Bhabha).
The singer-songwriter and New Girl fan has been name-checked multiple times on the show this season: In one episode, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) sent Cece a text in which he said he was going through a “Taylor Swift-like range of emotions,” while in another, Nick (Jake Johnson) tried to cheer up a heartbroken Jess (Zooey Deschanel) with unfortunate dance moves while she moaned, “I just wanted to listen to Taylor Swift alone,” and “22″ played in the background.
Swift, who has hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-starred in an episode of CSI and appeared in the romantic comedy film Valentine’s Day, will be on set next week to shoot her part.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, Olivia Munn, Nick Kroll, Parker Posey, and Margo Martindale are among the other celebrities who have appeared on New Girl this season.
With it’s big production and slashing chorus, Taylor Swift‘s single “I Knew You Were Trouble”–from her 2012 album Red–takes the singer in a very different direction from almost anything she’s done before.
The video for the song, too, is new ground for Taylor.
In a series of behind-the-scenes clips from the video shoot that were released this week, Taylor talks about what some of her thoughts were regarding the look and feel of the video. “The song sounds different from anything I’ve done before, so I thought, why not make this video unlike anything we’ve done before?”
The male love interest (played by Reeve Carney) is, as Taylor describes him, “a force.” And Taylor’s character “will do anything to fit into his world.”
As for her different look, she says, “I knew that in this video I wanted to look like someone else. I wanted to play a character.”
“I guess the pink hair is my fault,” Reeve says to Taylor at one point during the shoot, about their characters. “But it does look good on you.”
The final clip focuses on the festival scene in the video. It was shot in the California desert, a setting that Taylor says is “gorgeous. The perfect place to shoot a tragic love story.” As Reeve explains, they’re shooting in Acton, Calif., a tiny town between Lancaster and Los Angeles.
Reeve says his ‘bad boy’ character was a stretch for him. But he’s having fun with it. He also has nice things to say about Taylor. “She’s a sweetheart. And for all the success she’s had, she handles herself very well.”
The “I Knew You Were Trouble” video was directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s also done videos for Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Lana Del Rey, among others. As Taylor says, “I reached out to Anthony because I’d loved his videos he’d done in the past. He knows how to push limits.”
“We took a lot of chances,” Mandler says, “and we pushed the Taylor Swift world into a place maybe nobody’s seen her. And I think she pushed herself.”
I’ve added 4HQ stills of Taylor on the Spanish TV Show El Hormiguero a few days ago. Also, check out a highlights video of her on the show.
I haven’t posted Taylor’s interview with Sunrise yet, so here it is:
If anyone should be giving advice about dressing up, it’s red carpet pro Taylor Swift.
TheFIX’s Adam Bub caught up with Taylor on her second day in Sydney for a friendly chat that she said afterwards “didn’t feel like an interview”.
We got talking about it being school formal (or prom) season, and the 22-year-old ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ singer volunteered her own experiences as well as a strict guide as to “what not to wear”. Listen up, teenage Taylor fans!
She also takes a dig at people who think they’re too cool (read: hipsters!), and explains how “uncool” she thinks she is. We’re sure a few people out there would disagree, right?
Taylor’s new album Red is out now.
The 22-year-old musician opened up about love, fame, bad boys, living in the public eye, and more. Check it:
On one of her fave culinary specialties: “I make raspberry jam. When I was younger we had a grape arbor, and my mom would go out and pick grapes and make grape jam in the sink—boil it, put it in jars, and give it away as gifts. So I started making raspberry jam, and it is so good. You can put it on anything; you can dip pretzels into it. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s so good you could just eat it with a spoon.”
On falling in love: “I don’t think there’s an option for me to fall in love slowly, or at medium speed. I either do or I don’t. I don’t think it through, really, which is a good thing and a bad thing. You don’t look before you leap, which is like, ‘Yay, this is awesome! Let’s not think twice!’ And then you’re like, ‘We used to be flying. Now we’re falling. What’s happening?’”
On the difficulty of living in the public eye: “I don’t know necessarily how much privacy I’m entitled to, but I know I don’t get much of it. At the same time, I asked for this. I could be playing in a coffee house. I’d be happy doing that, [but] not as happy, probably. Knowing that people are going to hear the music I make is the most amazing feeling. Knowing that there are dudes waiting outside my house with cameras, hiding in the bushes, is a less awesome feeling.
EDIT: I’ve added HQ Screencaps of Taylor in the video above. Check them out in the gallery – link is below. Enjoy!
Proving she has grown into a beautiful young woman, Taylor Swift was chosen to cover the December/January 2012-2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Dressing up in designer garb from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada, the 22-year-old singer looked stunning for the Paola Kudacki shot front page while opening up about everything from dating to her favorite thing to wear:
On why a dress is her go-to outfit:
“There’s just something so feminine about a dress. Whether it’s a summertime dress that makes me feel carefree, an evening cocktail dress that makes me feel fancy, or a vintage dress that makes me feel like a ’50s housewife—which I enjoy feeling like, for some reason—I just really like dresses.”
On what she craves in a relationship:
“It needs to be equal. If I feel too much like I’m wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up. It’s wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with.”
On having to adjust her life because of fame:
“What I had to learn to do, in order to maintain a general happiness in my life, was to stop reading everything, and then it gets really bad if you go through a breakup and those blogs have these polls asking, ‘Who should they date next?’ And you’re just sitting there staring at the laptop bawling. But you can live in a normal world where a breakup is just a breakup if you don’t expose yourself to what’s being speculated about yourself. That’s where I live now.”
Check out Taylor recieving her VEVOcertified award.
Check out Taylor’s interview with VEVO about making music videos.