It’s technically still summer until September 23, but Taylor Swift is one of many celebrities already dressing for fall.
The singer was photographed out in New York City wearing a black dress, black knee-high Christian Louboutin boots, and a Vince houndstooth coat while getting dinner with Greta Gerwig, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria on Monday.
Dern appeared in Swift’s “Bejeweled” music video last October, while Kravitz has been a longtime friend of Swift’s. (Kravitz even wrote tracks on Midnights with her.) Gerwig is a new addition to Swift’s circle—and an intriguing one, given Swift herself is set to direct her first feature film, and Gerwig just saw massive commercial success as the director and co-writer of Barbie.
Swift spoke about getting Dern to play the evil stepmother in her take on Cinderella for “Bejeweled” and how that led to a friendship.
“So basically I was thinking about Midnights, the concept, and I was like where do we hear about midnights a lot? We hear about it a lot when we talk about the Cinderella fairy tale and so I was like, what if we did a little twist on a Cinderella story and I could cast my friends?” Swift recalled when the video came out. “My best friends, the Haim sisters, what if they played the stepsisters? And I was like, what if we really shoot for the stars with the other castings. What if it was Oscar winner Laura Dern playing my stepmother? I was like, ‘Oscar winner Laura Dern, hello, I’ve written a script. It’s a one scene script in which you are going to call me a tired, tacky wench.’ And she was like, I’m down. She’s the coolest. She’s so funny. She’s another one, I’m like, ‘Friend. You are my friend now.’ Directing Oscar winner Laura Dern is like easier than anything I’ve ever done in my life. She’s just the greatest and I can’t even believe I’m saying things like this.”
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