The 2012 film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables had numerous big stars, but not Taylor Swift, though that apparently could have happened. She auditioned to play a task, but in accordance with her it was a “nightmare” experience. Swift recounted the moment while on an episode of The Graham Norton Show with actor Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne was her scene partner in her audition and he or she was so embarrassed by how things unfolded in front of him.
“Principally, I used to be up for 2 roles … I had the look of Cosette and the range, vocally, of Eponine, so it was established I used to be there for a very good time but not for a very long time — I wasn’t going to get the role,” she said. She added that she was asked to come back to London and was thrilled to listen to she’d meet Redmayne, because she’s an enormous fan.
Swift said, “I assumed, ‘This isn’t an experience I’m going to get again in my life,’ so I said yes.”
She was right, but not the way in which she thought.
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The filmmakers wanted Swift in “full nineteenth Century street urchin costume” for her screen test and even painted her teeth brown.
“I used to be like, ‘You will do this after I meet Eddie Redmayne right?’” Swift recalled. “But no, they made me appear like near death and it immediately became a nightmare for me… After I met Eddie I didn’t open my mouth to talk!”
Oddly, Redmayne was also having mouth problems at the identical time.
“My overwhelming memory of it’s that I had just been to Pizza Express beforehand and had garlic dough balls beforehand … and all I could take into consideration was my garlic breath,” he joked.
“You were weeping and I assumed it was due to how I looked,” Swift replied. “It’s nice to listen to we were each struggling in that moment.”
Eponine eventually went to actress Samantha Barks, and Redmayne was forged as Marius. While Swift didn’t get to be in her dream role, she has definitely done another exciting projects since.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, might be released by Dial Press in February 2022.