Paint the town red! On Thursday, Taylor Swift guested on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers to celebrate the November 12 release of her album Red (Taylor’s Version). During her appearances, the musician discussed the process of turning the 10-minute version of her song “All Too Well” into a short film starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, and briefly alluded to the ex-boyfriend her breakup anthem has long been rumored to be about: Jake Gyllenhaal.
Swift told Fallon that although she knew “All Too Well” was her favorite song on the 2012 album while making it, it never became a single or got its own video… until now. “What happened on [Red (Taylor’s Version)] was that this song became the fans’ favorite on its own,” she said. “My favorite song and their favorite song aligned.”
One of the buzziest tracks on Red (Taylor’s Version) is the original, never-before-heard 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” As if that wasn’t enough, Swift also wrote and directed a short film version of the “new” song.
On Late Night, Swift told Seth Meyers that Sink and O’Brien were “the only two people I imagined playing [these roles].” She added that she’s a huge fan of O’Brien’s work, and that if Sink had said no, “I don’t think I would’ve made it.”
“I like working with friends or people who I think would be excited about working with me,” she said. “I’ve never made a short film before. I needed to reach out to people who would maybe believe that I was capable with it. I’m just blown away by what they did — they went out and left it all on the field.”
While Swift hasn’t addressed Gyllenhaal directly while promoting “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” she briefly alluded to him when Meyers asked her if the album’s re-release might be “far, far worse” for people who may have inspired it.
“I haven’t thought about their experience once,” she replied, as the audience erupted in cheers. In Meyers’ words: “That’s the biggest burn.”
All Too Well: The Short Film premieres on YouTube at 7 p.m. ET on November 12.