Not only has Joe Alwyn been dating Taylor Swift for a year and a half, but he nearly starred in Love Actually, one of her favorite movies.
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The 27-year-old’s near-casting was a result of his childhood obsession with Zorro, as he revealed on Live With Kelly and Ryan Opens a New Window. on Monday, December 3. Wanting to emulate the masked sword-fighter character, he was taking fencing lessons at a local community center when a casting director showed up looking for talent.
“It meant that I got time off of school to go to this audition, so I went to it,” Alwyn explained. “And they had me back for another one and another one. And there was a whole series of workshops. I didn’t get in, obviously, but I do remember meeting Hugh Grant and [writer-director] Richard Curtis and sitting down and reading some scenes.
In an interview with GQ Opens a New Window. last month, Alwyn revealed he had auditioned for the part of Sam, the lovestruck son of Liam Neeson’s character. The part eventually went to Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
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Swift, whose relationship with the actor made headlines last year, raved about the Christmas flick in a 2014 Teen Vogue interview Opens a New Window. : “Did you ever watch the movie Love Actually, where Hugh Grant’s voiceover says, ‘If you look around, love actually is all around’? That’s my favorite motto.”
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Though Alwyn didn’t get the part in the 2003 romantic comedy, he became a star more than a decade later with the lead role in the 2016 drama Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk. He’s also appeared in four films this year alone: Operation Finale, The Favourite, Boy Erased and Mary Queen of Scots. And in September, he was cast in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet.
Meanwhile, the London-born actor is the leading man in Swift’s life. “She finds Joe to be one of the coolest guys,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly last month. “He’s extremely chill, laid-back and unconditionally supports her.