Taylor Swift recounts ‘nightmare’ audition with Eddie Redmayne for ‘Les Misérables’
“I had to call them and say we were done and walk away — that felt like the end,” Swift said.
“They were laughing at me. I was like, ‘No, no, no, no,’ and then they kept calling back and saying, ‘We still want to do it, we just need to re-write this part,’ and they kept telling me, it would be better if it was a little less dramatic.”
Swift says she had to tell the producers she was done and walk away by herself as she saw how far they’d pushed her: “They gave me this big, dramatic monologue that it was going to be even more dramatic. So I had to call them and I had to tell them we were done, and walk away and walk away from this part because I got really nervous. They were joking with me and acting like it was going to be one of those things like, ‘You are going to be this big star,’ and I was like, ‘No, no, I won’t.’”
“I couldn’t believe it,” she added. “I am not sure I had a nightmare when I found out we weren’t gonna be on the show. I was fine, but when I found out they wasn’t gonna have me in the show … I mean, I almost lost it. I was like, ‘Yes, yes,’ and then they made me feel like I was never gonna have any self-confidence.”
Swift adds that producers’ actions “made me cry for three weeks” after she realized she’d be rejected.
In an episode of the show taped at London’s Odeon theater on March 13, the “Shake It Off”