Eddie Redmayne was on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night. And someone called in to ask him about whether or not it was true that he dated Taylor Swift. It’s a visit to the Gossip Archives!
Here’s how Eddie responded:
That is a lot of fidgeting, non? I mean, Andy’s face when Eddie denies the rumours says it all:
Whatever. I’m not sure it matters whether or not they really dated because, clearly, it was not of consequence. I’d rather revisit the story about Taylor auditioning for Les Miserables. Initially it was reported that Taylor was offered the role of Eponine. As I wrote at the time, she then went to London which, presumably, is when she auditioned. Then, days later, it was revealed that it would be Samantha Barks playing Eponine. And I wondered whether or not the leak that Taylor got the part came from Taylor herself – a not uncommon move by actors in the running for coveted parts, to head off the competition. It happens all the time. That was way back in 2012. Think of how much more we know about Taylor now, all the other sides of her that we’ve seen, how many Taylor Swift Dramas have gone down since then, how we’ve watched her strategically navigate her career, indulge her ambition and shadow it at the same time, and apply this updated perspective to that Les Miserables situation. If it was a power move then, sure, it may not have been successful. But it shows you how bad she wanted it…even though she denied it afterwards.
Thing is, Taylor wasn’t the only one who didn’t make the cut. You’ll recall, there were several names on the shortlist: Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood, Scarlett Johansson. It was actually incorrectly reported initially that Scarlett was up for Eponine too. In fact, as she confirmed herself later on, she auditioned for Fantine, which ended up going to Anne Hathaway, for which she won an Oscar. Unlike Taylor, Scarlett was pretty straight up about the fact that she went for it, hard, and didn’t get it. “I sang my little heart out” is how she described it, only to acknowledge that “there’s no possible way I ever could have topped that performance [by Anne Hathaway]”. I mean, being in the same company as Scarlett Johansson isn’t so bad, is it? If it all went down today, would Taylor answer differently?