Taylor Swift’s most popular (and finest) song, “All Too Well,” is said to be about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. She never mentions the actor in Track Five (since what rhymes with “Gyllenhaal”? ), but come on. There’s a reason he was Swift’s No. 1 public enemy on the day Red (Taylor’s Version) was released, and “All Too Well: The Short Film” isn’t likely to change that.
Swift debuted the 13-minute video for the 10-minute song at Lincoln Center 13 in New York City on Friday, where she also performed the song live for the first time. The short film is now accessible on YouTube for everyone to watch – except Jake and Maggie, perhaps. The poignant part-music video, part-domestic drama follows the relationship between Sadie Sink as Not-Taylor and Dylan O’Brien as Not-Jake on Stranger Things, with a surprise cameo at the conclusion.
Swift, who directed the short, told Seth Meyers that if Sink had said no to the role, “I don’t think I would’ve made it. I don’t think I would’ve made the film. I think I would’ve just been like, this is a sign.”