When Taylor started out appearing on the big screen in 2009, she ended up appropriately enough playing as herself in a cameo. In this case, she appeared in 3D through Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience while singing rather than being herself backstage. Taylor also made a cameo in Hannah Montana: The Movie the same year.
Then, she wisely took up TV to show off dramatic ability. With four appearances in either movies or TV in 2009, one of the highlights was a dramatic acting part in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The following year, she turned to an ensemble piece. In Valentine’s Day, Taylor had a small but memorable role as Felicia, a high school friend of Emma Roberts’ Grace character. It was during this period when Taylor was going into a major ascent in her music career, so it took two more years before she had involvement with a movie. As arbitrary as her acting career seemed, she took on a new role that gave the impression she was barely fitting it into a busy schedule.
FROM THE THE LORAX TO THE GIVER
Doing voice work in an animated film is one way to stay in film without having to physically spend lengthier times on a movie set. You got the feeling Taylor had had a lot more aspirations on doing dramatic acting, though just hadn’t had the time to focus on it. Her voice work in The Lorax might have gone unnoticed if not for her being mentioned in the credits. Her speaking voice wasn’t that familiar, and it was perhaps the message of the movie that persuaded her to take on the voice role more than anything.
Other than having a guest shot on New Girl in 2013, by 2014 it seemed like she was finally ready to take on more meaningful roles in movies. As brief as the Rosemary character is in The Giver, viewers got a chance to see a brunette Taylor emote (at the piano) in a way they hadn’t seen her do on the big screen before. The only question was what’s next and whether she’d be offered something more extensive so she could become the next powerful musical crossover into acting.
CATS AND MISS AMERICANA
However, after her fifth studio album 1989 (2014) became a massive success, Taylor put her acting plans on hold for several years, only returning to the big screen at the end of 2019. She was casted in the role of Bombalurina in the film version of the hit musical Cats. Unfortunately, this movie role turned out to be a big misstep, as the film was panned by both critics and audience members alike. Taylor course corrected quickly with her January 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana which follows her life and career over several years. It was directed by Lana Wilson, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received universal acclaim.
WINNING AN EMMY AWARD
In 2015, Taylor won the Emmy award for “Original Interactive Program” for her “AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience”, for which she served as an executive producer and, of course, star. The project was released after the debut of her “Blank Space” (2014) music video in 2014 and allowed fans to explore the video’s lavish set from all angles, thanks to a 360-degree camera.
*The biggest honor in entertainment isn’t TV’s Emmy, or Broadway’s Tony, music’s Grammy, or even film’s Oscar. It’s all four together: the EGOT. That grand combination of Hollywood’s greatest performance prizes is a rare and amazing feat. Arguably, it’s the only actual measurement of an all-around performer.