Taylor Swift is taking a bite out of the Big Apple this weekend as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 10. Taking a quick break from rehearsals, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter talks about growing up with the show, bawling her eyes out for her new music video and not believing everything the record label president tells her.
CMT: Did you know you’re the youngest country artist to ever perform on Saturday Night Live?
Swift: I was just told that. I can’t believe it. That never occurred to me that that statistic was there. It feels like everything in the last couple of months was a dream and I’m just walking around in it. I can’t believe it.
Are you a big Saturday Night Live fan?
I’m a huge Saturday Night Live fan. When I was younger — when I was about 10 or 11 — I was part of a children’s theater group and we would always have this little sketch thing that we’d put together, and it was all basically off of Saturday Night Live. So I used to watch every episode. I cannot believe that I get to be here and actually do this. This is one of those dreams that I put up here on a shelf and I never thought I’d get to do.
What can you tell us about your new video, “White Horse”?
The video was directed by Trey Fanjoy. She’s done all my videos, and it’s been really fun working with her. This video’s a lot different than the other videos we’ve made because usually we’ve gone for bright colors and me looking straight into the camera and singing. But this one, it’s a little more introspective. There’s a pretty emotional scene in there where I had to cry for like three hours, like bawl my eyes out for three hours. It was really interesting and sort of a new thing for me. Stephen Colletti’s in it, so I’m really excited about that. … I saw him on One Tree Hill and thought he was really awesome on that. I thought he had the look we were going for, for the video guy. This guy in the video is supposed to look really sweet, and someone who looks like he’d never lie to you — but then he does. So I thought he’d be perfect for it and he actually does an amazing job.
You’re still the No. 1 artist on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
I cannot believe that! I get a phone call from my record label president every single week and he’s telling me something new, starting out with “You’re not going to believe this, but … it’s No. 1 again.” And I honestly can’t believe that. The fans have been so good to me. I spent two years making this album and writing it and putting everything I have into it. The fact that people actually like it, somehow I can’t believe it.