Taylor Swift is having a blast with her Midnights era, creating her version of Cinderella with “a little twist” through the “Bejeweled” music video.
While appearing on The Tonight Show Monday (October 24), Swift told host Jimmy Fallon that she enlisted her best friends HAIM to play her wicked stepsisters. Playing the role of her wicked stepmother, Swift wanted to “shoot for the stars” and got Oscar-winner Laura Dern (Marriage Story) to take on the role. The fairy goddess (not godmother) is played by one of her “favorite performers,” burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. Meanwhile “genius, legendary” makeup artist Pat McGrath plays the Queen and frequent music collaborator Jack Antonoff plays Prince Jack.
When asked by Fallon, “How did you get in touch with Laura Dern?” Swift replied, “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.'” Since Swift directed this music video as well, Fallon asked how it was to direct the Oscar winner, to which she replied, “It’s easier than anything I’ve ever done in my life.”
Swift is giving the fans exactly what they want in her Midnights video drops so far, with this one featuring “a psychotic amount” of Easter eggs throughout the video. In fact, Swift said, she has “a PDF file for the Easter eggs in this video because there are so many, we could not keep track.”
Hours before the music video release, the singer-songwriter shared about the “Bejeweled” music video, “Midnight, what a storied and fabled hour,” she wrote on Instagram. “On this sparkling evening I’ll be releasing my twist on a fairytale we all know. The one about the girl and her step sisters and the clock striking 12… This video is wild, whimsical and created SPECIFICALLY for you, my beloved fans who have paved this shimmering path. Look out for some dazzling cameos! Join us later for a very Bejeweled premiere.”
Today, Swift shared a hilarious clip on Instagram alongside Antonoff (both in full costume from the music video), “So, uh, we were born in the wrong time.” While checking himself out in the mirror and taking a sip of what looks to be wine, he adds, “‘Cause we look f—ing great.” She captioned the short clip, “We’re the problem.”
Watch the music video for “Bejeweled” below: