Taylor Swift was the voice of Audrey in the successful animated film “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”. Did you know Taylor has been reading different movie scripts for years? She’s been doing it under the radar looking for just the right part.
In this interview with Inquirer, Taylor chats her future in movies.
What kind of movies would you like to do?
I’ve been reading scripts for about five years— just kind of under the radar, asking my agents to please send me everything that might be good. In my free time I just read and read. When I look at acting careers that I really admire, I see that it’s been a precise decision-making process for these people. They make decisions based on what they love and they do only the things that they are passionate about. They play only characters that they can’t stop thinking about.
If I got a script that I thought was OK and a character that I kind of liked and could pull off but wasn’t obsessed with, that would be unfair to someone else who might be obsessed with that character. So if I do a movie, you will know I cannot think of anything other than that character. I’m such a fan of great writing and great storytelling. I’m looking for great, powerful writing behind whatever cast is surrounding it, whatever director is steering it—that would all be peripheral to the fact that the story is brilliant and has to be told.
Have you taken acting lessons?
I actually started out in theater. When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, auditioning for Broadway was my dream. I went to several auditions in New York. I was always going there for vocal and acting lessons…and for auditions, where you stand in line in a long hallway with a lot of people. (I’ve always been freakishly tall, like a giant.)
After a few years of auditioning in New York and not getting anything, I started writing songs. But I never lost my love for theater.
I’ve had an acting coach for a few years. I like getting to do things like host “Saturday Night Live.” I had a tiny part in “Valentine’s Day” where Taylor Lautner and I got to ad lib this entire scene. We got to make up our characters and everything, which was really fun. And I just feel so lucky to have been a part of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” because it’s interesting getting to do voice work.
Check out the rest of her interview here.
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