Taylor Swift’s boyfriend of five-plus years Joe Alwyn may have been a secret co-writer on her albums Folklore and Evermore during the pandemic, using the pseudonym William Bowery, but don’t consider it the start of a prolific music career. Alwyn told ELLE in a new interview that he doesn’t see himself writing more songs with Swift—or anyone. “It’s not a plan of mine [to continue writing songs], no,” Alwyn said.
Alwyn has purposely kept details about his relationship with Swift private, as has she. The actor did discuss whether he relates to his character Nick in Hulu’s upcoming series Conversations With Friends and offers a little look into his headspace.
Nick is a quiet, aloof B-list actor in love with two women in the show: his wife Melissa (played by Jemima Kirke) and student Frances (played by Alison Oliver), with whom he begins an affair. The show explores love and open relationships.
“God, I don’t really know,” Alwyn said of personally relating to Nick. “I mean, there were ways I could initially relate to him. I’m not a married, 32-year-old Irishman having an affair, but I could relate to some of his anxieties and ups and downs—perhaps accounting from his profession, being an actor. Without turning this into a therapy session, I could relate to some of his depressive moods and struggles.”
“People who are outsiders in the one sense and can’t quite communicate what’s on the inside, I always like those characters,” he added. “It’s a quality in both of them that Frances is initially drawn to.”
Alwyn recently addressed why he doesn’t talk about Swift in interviews while talking to ELLE UK about Conversations With Friends. His not talking about Swift, “It’s not really [because I] want to be guarded and private, it’s more a response to something else,” he said with a shrug. “We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive… The more you give—and frankly, even if you don’t give it—something will be taken.”
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