Why Hailee Steinfeld featured in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video

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The upcoming showdown between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC playoffs is not just a clash of football titans; it’s also a meeting that stirs up personal connections between two popular figures off the field – Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Adding a layer of intrigue to this matchup is the romantic involvement of two prominent women associated with each player – actress Hailee Steinfeld, who is dating Allen, and pop icon Taylor Swift, who is in a relationship with Kelce.

This off-field drama is not a recent development but rather a continuation of a longstanding connection between Hailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift. Their paths first crossed in 2010 when Steinfeld, then 16, was introduced to Swift by actress Emma Stone. A friendship blossomed, characterized by mutual respect and admiration, but one that the two chose to keep mostly out of the public eye.

The most notable collaboration between Steinfeld and Swift occurred in 2015 when Steinfeld made an appearance in the music video for Swift’s hit song “Bad Blood.” At the time, Steinfeld had already gained recognition in Hollywood, earning an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2011 film “True Grit.” The video featured a star-studded cast of talented women, including Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, and Zendaya.

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Steinfeld’s role in the “Bad Blood” video was significant, as she played “The Trinity,” a triple threat of identical clones who aided Swift’s character. The personal connection between Steinfeld and Swift added an extra layer of meaning to their collaboration. In a 2015 interview on The James Corden Show, Steinfeld revealed that she and Swift came up with the name “The Trinity” for her character, emphasizing the creative collaboration between the two friends.

Despite their friendship being mostly private, Steinfeld has expressed gratitude for being part of Swift’s creative world. In a 2022 interview with Stereogum, Steinfeld acknowledged the honor of being in Taylor’s world and being part of the “Bad Blood” video. She praised Swift’s strong artistic vision and revealed that she often references Swift as an inspiration in her own music career.

The “Bad Blood” video went on to become a massive success, winning Video of the Year at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Music Video at the 2016 Grammys. Swift and her famous co-stars, including Steinfeld, took the stage to accept the MTV award, showcasing their collective success and camaraderie.

As the Bills and Chiefs prepare to face off on the football field, the personal connections between Josh Allen and Hailee Steinfeld and between Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift add an intriguing layer of off-field dynamics to an already highly anticipated playoff matchup.