Taylor Swift Facts
Taylor Swift may not be a movie star (yet), but her talents are already known worldwide.

Since blowing up in 2008, Swift has been hard to miss, known as much for her acclaimed music as for her rather public relationships. With numerous Grammys and multi-platinum albums already under her belt, she's turning her attention to the big screen. This week, the renowned musician can be seen in the film adaptation of "The Giver," starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Meryl Streep.

From her early success as a poet to her first acting role, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Taylor Swift.

1. Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Andrea Finlay and Scott Swift.

2. She was born on a Christmas tree farm.

3. Her mother worked as a mutual fund marketing executive before becoming a homemaker, while her father is a financial adviser.

4. Swift has one sibling, Austin, who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

5. The future musician's first hobby was horse riding, which she began as just a toddler.

6. By age nine, however, Swift had developed an interest in musical theater and began performing in productions for the Berks Youth Theatre Academy.

7. Soon, the singer was interested in country music and often performed in local festivals. She won a local competition with a rendition of LeAnn Rimes's "Big Deal."

8. Inspired by Faith Hill's "Behind the Music" episode, the 11-year-old Swift journeyed to Nashville, Tennessee to make her music dreams a reality. She left her demo -- consisting of Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks karaoke covers -- to several record labels in the city. She was rejected by all of them.

9. As a result, Swift took up the guitar to distinguish herself from other aspiring country stars. She also began writing her own songs, largely spurred by her talent in poetry.

10. When she was 10, Swift won a national poetry contest for a poem titled "Monster in My Closet."

11. After she began writing and performing her own material, Swift landed an artist development deal with RCA Records.

12. Swift ended up leaving RCA when she was just 15, however, because the label wanted her to work with and write for other artists and delay the recording of her own album until she was 18.

13. She soon caught the eye of Scott Borchetta, formerly of a DreamWorks Records executive, who was forming his own label, Big Machine Records. Borchetta signed Swift to the emerging label.

14. And Swift's father bought a 3% stake in the company that has undoubtedly paid off; the label now rakes in somewhere in the high eight figures annually.

15. With the record label still only in its infancy, Swift and her mother personally helped stuff Swift's singles into envelopes to send out to radio stations.

16. She was also revolutionary in her use of social media -- Myspace, at the time -- to reach a younger audience, teenage girls much like herself.

17. Swift's eponymous debut album was released in the fall of 2006 and became a multi-platinum success.

18. Her follow-up album, "Fearless," became an even bigger hit and won Swift four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album.

19. To date, she has won seven Grammy Awards.

20. Swift was also famously interrupted by Kanye West during her acceptance speech for the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Female Video."

21. When Swift hosted "Saturday Night Live," she was the first host to ever write her own monologue.

22. Her role in "The Giver" isn't her first onscreen part. She made her acting debut as a rebellious teen on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in 2009.

23. She also voice the character of Audrey in "The Lorax" (2012).

24. Due to several high-profile relationships, Swift's personal life has been anything but private. Swift has dated singer Joe Jonas, actor Taylor Lautner, musician John Mayer, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Conor Kennedy, and One Direction singer Harry Styles.

25. Swift is also very close with actress Emma Stone and singer Selena Gomez and says they are "like sisters to [her]."

26. Lena Dunham of "Girls" fame described Swift and herself as "artistic kindred spirits."

Bonus Fact: She has two cats, one named Meredith Grey and the other named Olivia Benson. Both are named after TV characters in "Grey's Anatomy" and "SVU," respectively. Check out the cute Olivia Benson below.



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