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Taylor Swift Cameo Request Denied by 'Twilight' Director

By Amanda Caroline  •  August 18, 2022  •  67

Triwer – The 2009 film "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" became one of the most anticipated films of the year after the box office success of 2008's "Twilight." But with Taylor Swift's star power, the sequel might have been even more successful. The Grammy Award-winning musician wanted to be a part of "New Moon," but the film's director, Chris Weitz, told her no.

During an interview with Ashley Greene and Melanie Howe for the podcast "The Twilight Effect," Weitz remarked, "The craziest one of all those was to hear that Taylor Swift was a huge Twi-hard. And Taylor Swift and I had the same agent at the time, and he said, 'Taylor would like to be in this movie - not because of you, but she's a Twi-hard.'"

The "New Moon" director claimed that Swift was open to playing any kind of part. He recalls his agent telling him, "'She would be someone at the cafeteria or the diner or whatever, but she just wants to be in this movie.' " He declined her request, though, out of concern that the "Shake It Off" hitmaker's stardom would overshadow the story.

The "American Pie" director admitted that he later regretted his choice, saying, "The hardest thing for me was to be like, the moment that Taylor Swift goes onto the screen, for about five minutes, nobody is going to be able to comprehend anything." 'Wow, I could've been hanging out with Taylor Swift,' I thought. 'We could have been pals.' I also kick myself for it.

The 52-year-old continued, "She must have been like, 'Who is this jerk?'" in reference to Swift. He continued, "But sometimes you make judgments thinking this is for the interest of the picture," believing it to be best for "New Moon."

With a worldwide gross of $709.8 million, "New Moon" surpassed numerous box office records even without Swift.

The country-turned-pop diva has appeared in films like "Valentine's Day," in which she co-stars with "Twilight Saga" movie heartthrob Taylor Lautner, "The Lorax," and "Cats," proving that she never runs out of cinematic roles to play. She will next be seen in the group movie "Amsterdam" by David O. Russell.