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The "Crazy Idea" That Led to Taylor Swift's Role in "The Giver"

Image courtesy of Courtesy The Weinstein Company (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy The Weinstein Company (via ABC News Radio)

Most people who aren't professional actors have to audition for roles in big Hollywood films, but Taylor Swift isn't most people. The producer of Taylor's new movie The Giver says her team approached Taylor directly and offered her a role after one of the executives got a "crazy idea."

Taylor plays the small yet important role of Rosemary in the movie, which opens on Friday.  At the film's New York City premiere Monday night, producer Nikki Silver told ABC News Radio, "Taylor Swift is a very interesting story; we had actually written the part of Rosemary as a piano player even before we ever thought of [her]. Then, one of the executives at the Weinstein Company was at a Taylor Swift concert and said, 'I have this really crazy idea.'" 

"We met with her and she's just...she's fantastic," Silver added.  "Her dedication to this role, the time she spent with [her co-star] Jeff Bridges , trying to hone her craft and really learn it -- she's just an incredibly thoughtful, intelligent young woman."

So, does Silver think Taylor has what it takes to forge a real acting career?  "I think Taylor Swift has what it takes to do whatever she wants to do," she told ABC News Radio. "And I think once she puts her mind to something, there's nothing she can't do."

Another producer on the film is a guy who knows a thing or two about young singers who branch out by appearing on movies, TV and the stage: Scooter Braun .  He guides the careers of Justin Bieber , Carl Rae Jepsen and Ariana Grande , just to name a few.  He says he's all for Taylor continuing to expand her acting resume.

"I think anyone creative should have as many creative outlets as possible," Braun told ABC News Radio at the premiere. "Taylor's an incredibly talented, smart, beautiful woman and I think she has proven time and time again that she can do whatever she wants. I think she should keep doing it, but I think she should keep inspiring all the kids that she does."

One kid who Taylor inspired is Emma Tremblay , the nine-year-old actress who plays Lily, the younger sister of The Giver's main character, Jonas.  Pronouncing herself a "HUGE" Taylor Swift fan, Emma told ABC News Radio, "I'd like to see her in more movies!"

Taylor herself was at The Giver premiere in New York City as well -- after all, she lives there now.  She sported a Monique Lhuillier gown and, as always, bright red lips.  Also on hand for the premiere were OneRepublic , who performed their song "Ordinary Human," from The Giver's soundtrack.


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