Tom Hiddleston Amused by Liu's Swift Joke at 2024 PCA

2024 PCA Spotlights Unforgettable Celeb Moments

by Zain ul Abedin
Tom Hiddleston Amused by Liu's Swift Joke at 2024 PCA
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In a delightful twist at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards, Tom Hiddleston, renowned for his role in 'Loki' and nominated as the male TV star of the year, found himself at the center of a lighthearted moment. The awards show, a dazzling celebration of popular culture, was hosted by Simu Liu, who ingeniously blended humor and homage in his opening monologue.

Liu, the charismatic 34-year-old star of 'Shang-Chi', playfully steered the conversation towards the indomitable presence of Taylor Swift in the past year. Swift, an iconic figure in the music industry, had the nation enthralled with her 'Eras Tour' and its accompanying movie.

Adding to her cultural footprint was her high-profile romance with NFL star Travis Kelce. Liu humorously misled the audience into believing he was referring to his own film, 'Barbie', only to reveal the true subject of his praise: Swift's 'The Eras Tour' movie.

Injecting a personal touch, Liu confessed his long-standing admiration for Swift, humorously asserting his loyalty as a 'Swiftie' long before taking on his role as Ken in 'Barbie' He playfully alluded to Swift's critically acclaimed fifth studio album, '1989', a year that also marks his birth, suggesting a special bond with the singer.

Hiddleston Reflects on Swift

The camera's timely pan to Hiddleston, 43, added a layer of irony to the moment. The 'Thor: Ragnarok' actor, who had a brief but notable romance with Swift in 2016, was seen laughing during the reference.

This brief but memorable relationship, ignited at the 2016 Met Gala, was marked by whirlwind trips to Swift's homes in Rhode Island and Nashville, as well as Hiddleston's native England. Despite its three-month duration, their romance captured the public's imagination.

Hiddleston, ever the gentleman, has spoken fondly of Swift post-breakup, describing her in 2017 as "an amazing woman" and their time together as "the best time". His graciousness and respect for Swift remain evident years later.

At the awards ceremony, Hiddleston's talent was recognized as he accepted the award for Loki, which also clinched the title for best sci-fi/fantasy show. In his acceptance speech, he lovingly acknowledged his fiancée, Zawe Ashton, expressing gratitude for her unwavering support.

The 2024 People’s Choice Awards, a night filled with stars and surprises, aired live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on NBC, Peacock, and E! With Liu at the helm, the event celebrated the year's most influential cultural moments, with Hiddleston's cheerful reaction becoming a highlight of the evening.