Taylor Swift steals 'Romeo and Juliet' premiere

05:00 AM, Sep 28, 2013

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Taylor Swift attend the premiere of ROMEO & JULIET on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. Eric Charbonneau Invision for Swarovski Entertainment/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Sure, the world premiere of the latest, greatest Romeo and Juliet was Tuesday night in Hollywood. And it featured a hunky Romeo (Douglas Booth) and a beautiful Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld).

Some aspiring screenwriter named William Shakespeare worked with Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes to produce the screenplay.

But all eyes were on a woman who has only managed to work Romeo into one of her songs — Taylor Swift, who showed up to support her pal Steinfeld on her big night.

We have been talking about her coming to this forever,” Steinfeld told USA TODAY on the red carpet. “I have been wanting to show her the film for so long.”

I called her, (Swift) literally had just finished her tour. The fact she came out tonight means so much,” Steinfeld added. “I am so excited.”

Swift’s presence at the premiere, Romeo-less if you must know, was never a sure thing until she touched down. The arrival of massive security after all the movie’s stars had left the carpet was a sure sign that the country star (a.k.a. the 800-pound gorilla) was making an appearance. Swift came, she pouted on the red carpet, she conquered. She didn’t talk to the media.

The two besties sat together in prime seats at the ArcLight Hollywood as Steinfeld’s Juliet fell in love and eventually died tragically on film. Swift led the rousing applause for her pal as the credits rolled.

Then the two were inseparable at the after-party at hip, ultra-exclusive Soho House in Los Angeles, partying until the wee hours of the morning.