She's five feet 10, but she looks much taller, even with her lanky legs wrapped underneath her like a pretzel twist.
"I need lunch like, whoa," Swift says, and an assistant tells her there's a sushi order happening. "Get a boatload."The video is for Swift's soon-to-be-Number One single, "Shake It Off," which she'll perform for the first time at the VMAs later this summer, but which at this point only a handful of people outside the room even know exists. Or" – she holds up her cellphone – "they can turn this on, right? We don't even know."Swift says she never feels completely safe, especially when it comes to her privacy.
(Swift also bought the unit across the hall, for about million; she uses it to house her security team.) It took a lot of work just to see it: It belonged to the director Peter Jackson, who had an actor friend crashing here, so the brokers didn't want to bother him much. "I think once you're Gandalf, you can always just stay in Peter Jackson's house."Swift leads the way into one of her four guest bedrooms.
When one girl posted a photo of her invitation, she was quickly uninvited, then presumably renditioned to whatever CIA black site holds Swift's enemies.(Jack Antonoff, of Bleachers and fun., who has recently co-written several songs with Swift, says that "just having her songs on my hard drive makes me feel like I have Russian secrets or something.Every doorway and stairwell is guarded, and every window is blacked out. In 2014, a Swift shoot requires the kind of operational secrecy and logistical complexity rarely seen outside of a SEAL raid.Before Project Sparrow – the code name chosen by the video's director, Mark Romanek – there was Project Cardinal, a multiweek mission where Swift's social-media team scoured the Web for a representative group of fans to appear in the video.' But the other half was going, ' What if he just wants to walk around with a cat on his head, and not have his picture taken all day?
'" For Swift – four-time multiplatinum-album-maker, seven-time Grammy winner and billion-time gossip-blog subject – being famous is a lot like walking around with a cat on your head. "But at the end of the day, I can't be ungrateful, because I chose this.She went on Twitter to follow Dunham, and coincidentally saw that Dunham had just tweeted admiringly about Swift."I was really scared she was being ironic, but I decided to follow her anyway, just in case. "Shoshanna gets excited about things, she's really girly.It's terrifying.")At the moment, Swift is in a makeup chair in her dressing room, getting false eyelashes applied.She's wearing a black miniskirt, black tights and a fuzzy pink top with a cartoon drawing of a cat, and her wavy blond hair is pinned back tight.The Beatles, Elvis, Elton John, Michael Jackson and ABBA featured heavily in the chart with a whopping 17 Beatles songs featuring in total.