Taylor Swift Acknowledges Just How Weird “Cats” Is

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Even if you know absolutely nothing about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 hit musical Cats, you at least know that it’s very weird and very 80s, and it only gets weirder once you actually see the thing. It’s like two hours of speed-dating at a furry convention . Taylor Swift is in the movie version of Cats, which is somehow more bizarre than the musical ever was. It might seem like Taylor was tricked into appearing in Cats, possibly due to thinking it was going to be a two-hour musical about how much she loves cats. But Taylor wasn’t tricked. She went into it knowing how weird it is.Taylor spoke to Sir ALW for the January 2020 issue of British Vogue, and their conversation was mostly about Beautiful Ghosts, the original song they wrote together for the movie.Taylor says her album Lover was inspired technically by live singing, because she had just come off a stadium tour and her performance in Cats. So we have Cats to thank for Lover? Oh god, are the Swifties going to send an army of feral alleycats to Scooter Braun’s house now?“I was really singing a lot at that point – I’d just come from a stadium tour, and then did Cats, which was all based on live performances – so a lot of that album is nearly whole takes. When you perform live, you’re narrating and you’re getting into the story and you’re making faces that are ugly and you’re putting a different meaning on a song every time you perform it.”Sir ALW then asked Taylor if all that singable narration made Taylor want to be an actress. Clearly he isn’t familiar with the film Valentine’s Day. But I think I know what he’s wondering. Did Taylor’s turn as a sexy shoe-wearing cat with a creepy deepfake face make her want to put the singing on hold and start seriously considering a reverse JLo move from music to acting? Taylor’s not too sure about that. What she does know is that she might only get one chance to play a cat.“As I get older, I’m learning that wisdom is learning how dumb you are compared to how much you are going to know. I really had an amazing time with Cats. I think I loved the weirdness of it. I loved how I felt I’d never get another opportunity to be like this in my life.”Oh, Taylor – I don’t think that’s true at all. I think there’s definitely at least one more opportunity like this in your future. After all, when Cats breaks every box office record on December 20th, it will probably be only a matter of seconds before Hollywood green-lights the sequel. Sure, we’ll all be flooding movie theaters because we want to see just how busted those CGI cat faces are, but ticket sales are ticket sales! So yeah, this definitely isn’t your one and only chance to be this weird.Here’s more of Taylor for British Vogue. I don’t know how serious Taylor’s acting dreams are. But these pictures tell me she’ll be very disappointed to hear that she’s about two years too late for the Sharon Tate auditions for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. View this post on Instagram “I worked as hard as I could, reached out to as many people as I could to make sure I got meetings with publishing companies and labels. They didn’t come about very easily, but once I got in the room I’d just get out my guitar and play for them.” @TaylorSwift was just 18 when her song “Love Story” became a global hit. As she makes her welcome return to #BritishVogue, the star opens up to @AndrewLloydWebber about nurturing her talent from a young age, and relishing the rewards of global stardom. Click the link in bio for @Edward_Enninful’s editor’s letter, and read the full interview in the new issue, on newsstands Friday 6 December. #TaylorSwift photographed by @CraigMcDeanStudio and styled by @Edward_Enninful, with hair by @GuidoPalau, colourist @VictoriaHunter, make-up by @PatMcGrathReal, nails by @MegumiYamamotoNYC, and set design by @MaryHoward_SetDesign.A post shared by British Vogue on Dec 1, 2019 at 9:17am PST View this post on Instagram “I was going to high school during the day and doing my songwriting sessions at night. It was a double life. I’d be writing notes in class, and my teachers never knew if they were notes for my class or if I’d gotten an idea for a song.” #BritishVogue’s January 2020 cover star @TaylorSwift’s lyrics provided the soundtrack to the last decade, and influenced an entire generation. Read her interview with @AndrewLloydWebber and see the story in full in the January 2020 issue of #BritishVogue, on newsstands Friday 6 December. #TaylorSwift photographed by @CraigMcDeanStudio and styled by @Edward_Enninful, with hair by @GuidoPalau, colourist @VictoriaHunter, make-up by @PatMcGrathReal, nails by @MegumiYamamotoNYC and set design by @MaryHoward_SetDesign.A post shared by British Vogue on Dec 1, 2019 at 10:00am PSTPic: Craig McDean/VogueDlisted