Taylor Swift knows “too well” how to keep her plans top secret.
“I’m really a secret agent – people don’t find out what we’re doing while we’re doing it,” the 32-year-old singer told fans at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of “All Too Well: The Short Film. ” Saturday.
“So it was all code words and writing things in codes that only certain people knew about…I’m so weird with stuff like that.”
Swift wrote, directed and filmed the short, starring actors Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, in New York last year.
Throughout her extensive chat with filmmaker Mike Mills over the weekend – which ended in a surprise performance – Swift remained coy about former flame Jake Gyllenhaal, who allegedly inspired the heartbreaking track.
“I wanted them to feel like falling together was inevitable and just as inevitably falling apart,” she said of the couple portrayed in the film, whose estrangement Notable age reflected the nine-year difference between her and Gyllenhaal, now 41.
“I wanted to give the impression that there were forces at play and they couldn’t help but collide or be dismantled.”
O’Brien, 30, shed some light on his character when he and the 20-year-old ‘Stranger Things’ star made an appearance at the Beacon Theater on Saturday.
“I’ll never forget. You said, ‘We need this guy to be likable even if he’s going to perform some really unkind things,'” the ‘Teen Wolf’ alum recalled of his first conversation. with Swift.
“It’s such a nuanced perspective that Taylor has. It’s not black and white. It’s not a monster. He’s just a narcissistic, self-centered child,” he added, to loud applause from the crowd.
Throughout the evening, Swift also addressed her high-profile feud with music mogul Scooter Braun over the ownership of her master recordings.
“It was a very difficult time for me,” she recalls. “Many of my most difficult times and moments of extreme grief or loss have been galvanized into what my life looks like now.”