A Who's Who Guide to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Music Video
By John Boone
Raise your hand if you’re not in the new Taylor Swift music video?
So, no one then? We’re all in it?
It certainly seems like Taylor has enlisted every actress, model, and singer in Hollywood to appear in her “Bad Blood” music video, which, at this point, will probably be three minutes of music video and 15 minutes of credits.
Before the music video -- or short film? -- premieres during Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, check out our definitive guide to who’s who and how each ended up with “Bad Blood.”
Name: Jessica Alba Occupation: Lifestyle guru, Maxim’s Hottest Woman 2001, star of Good Luck Chuck How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Alba is the rando of the group. The two have met before -- Alba presented Taylor with the Best Country Female award at the 2010 AMAs -- but she’s never even made a cameo in a Taylor Swiftagram. Weird.
Name: Lily Aldridge Occupation: Victoria’s Secret Angel, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Actual friends. At some point, Taylor started collecting Victoria’s Secret models (most likely after her first time performing at the V.S. fashion show) and Aldridge was one of the OGs.
Name: Cindy Crawford Occupation: Cindy Crawford How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Who knows! Are they friends?!
Name: Cara Delevingne Occupation: Model, star of your next favorite Y.A. movie, budding superhero How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Cara is another Victoria’s Secret Angel that Taylor befriended at the 2013 V.S. Fashion Show and they’ve kept up their friendship over the years (despite the time Cara spent dating Harry Styles).
Name: Lena Dunham Occupation: Auteur, professional Girl How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Lena and Taylor’s friendship started as all Millennial relationships start: Online. But they took it off Twitter and are now besties who say they turn to each other for advice and creative inspiration.
Name: Ellie Goulding Occupation: The voice singing every song you hear on the radio How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Goulding runs in that same Sarah Hyland-Jamie King-sometimes Kelly Osbourne group that Taylor is a fixture in, so they’ve been friends for years. The two have even collaborated on Taylor’s past tours.
Name: Gigi Hadid Occupation: Baby Guess model, daughter of a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Gigi likely started as a model friend of a model friend to Taylor, but the two seem to have bonded enough that they have dinner parties and help decorate each other’s apartments.
Name: Mariska Hargitay Occupation: Detective How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Friends might be a stretch, but Taylor has never been shy about how big of a fan she is of Hargitay. She even named her second cat, Olivia Benson, after Hargitay’s character on Law & Order: SVU.
Name: Martha Hunt Occupation: Victoria’s Secret Angel, once played herself on 2 Broke Girls How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Dinner party friends, which is as close as two people can be in Taylor’s world! As for how they met, ditto every model connection already explained.
Name Karlie Kloss Occupation: (Actual) Top Model, human manifestation of perfection How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Best friends. They met at the 2013 V.S. fashion show, but even a year before that, Taylor told Vogue that she wanted to be best friends with Kloss. Now they are: Road tripping, selfie taking, having-rooms-in-each-others-apartments best friends.
Name: Kendrick Lamar Occupation: The hottest MC in the game How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! More like mutual fans. Swift made it known first that she was a big fan of K.Dot. Later, Kendrick returned the love and proved he meant it by not only singing along to “Shake It Off” on the radio, but freestyling a special remix!
Name: Ellen Pompeo Occupation: Doctor How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Before there was Olivia Benson, there was Taylor’s first cat, Meredith Gray, named after Pompeo’s character on Grey’s Anatomy. And when Taylor posted this Instagram...
Pomeo responded, "This is awkward because my namesake did this but as your doctor please keep that scratch clean! Yours truly, the real Dr. Grey."
Name: Serayah Occupation: Basically plays Rihanna on the juggernaut TV show Empire How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Serayah is the newest addition to Taylor’s group of friends that includes Lorde and the Haim sisters. No word on how they met (most logical guess? Taylor is just friends with every successful woman in her 20s) but they became close enough that Taylor included her in the video.
Name: Hailee Steinfeld Occupation: Academy Award Nominee (AT THE AGE OF 14!) How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Taylor and Hailee met through mutual friend Emma Stone and, even with the influx of supermodels over the years, has remained a staple on Taylor’s carousel of squad members.
Name: Hayley Williams Occupation: She’s in Paramore How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Hayley and Taylor actually have one of the oldest friendships of the bunch, having met some six-or-so years ago. Hayley apparently is also Taylor’s cyber security.
Name: Zendaya Occupation: One of the stars from Dancing With the Stars How Good of Friends Are They ACTUALLY?! Surprisingly, not as BFF of Fs as you might assume, considering Taylor likes to curate her group of friends with inspiring women, and how Zendaya handled her controversy this year cemented her as a thoughtful, smart teen.
NOT PICTURED (because they weren’t included?!): Best friend and foot-holder Lorde, long-time best friend Selena Gomez, the HAIM sisters, mother of her impending godchild Jamie King, the girls in Fifth Harmony, and Beyoncé.
Speaking of Taylor Swift’s music, hear what she told ET about the “amazing” collaboration she’ll do with...Kanye West?!