Shawn Levy Shares His Top Taylor Swift Track - The Choice Might Shock You!

Director Shawn Levy shares insights on family and fame

by Zain ul Abedin
Shawn Levy Shares His Top Taylor Swift Track - The Choice Might Shock You!
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Shawn Levy, the acclaimed director known for his work on blockbusters such as "The Adam Project," "Free Guy," and the "Night at the Museum" series, shared a touching personal revelation about his favorite Taylor Swift song in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE.

Speaking at the Big Screen Achievement Awards held during CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas, Levy, 55, discussed his deep connection to Swift's music, particularly the song "Never Grow Up" from her third studio album, "Speak Now." As a father of four daughters, ages 12 to 24, Levy's choice is steeped in nostalgia and emotion.

"I am a father of four girls, so I'm going old school: 'Never Grow Up,'" he explained. "It has me on the floor crying every time. It's a throwback," he added, highlighting the emotional resonance the song holds for him. Levy's relationship with Swift extends beyond just admiration for her music.

He first met the 34-year-old singer-songwriter through mutual friends Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. This connection led to a unique opportunity when Swift, who directed the critically acclaimed "All Too Well: The Short Film," asked Levy to play her father in the project.

This collaboration brought him closer to Swift's work and earned him significant "dad cred" with his daughters, as he shared in a previous conversation with PEOPLE.

Levy's Swift Connection

"Their only shared idol throughout their lives has been Taylor Swift," Levy said, expressing pride and amusement at the full-circle moment provided by their shared admiration for the artist.

"When she asked me to appear in her video, and I could bring all my daughters along, it was a memorable experience that earned me dad cred for life," he remarked. In addition to his cinematic achievements and familial anecdotes, Levy recounted an outing with Swift to a Jets-Chiefs NFL game, where they watched Swift's boyfriend, Travis Kelce, play.

"I have never witnessed, and will likely never again witness, anything like I saw when I went to the football game with Taylor Swift," he commented, reflecting on the intense fame and frenzy surrounding the pop star. Levy also took a moment to praise Swift's role as a creative force and a positive influence.

"As a dad, the mild obsession my girls have with Taylor is fine by me because she's a good role model," he noted. "She's a true generational creative genius, having written all those songs herself. She's a force - and also a really fun hang." Through his insights and experiences, Levy not only highlights his connection with Swift's music but also underscores the profound impact her work has had on his family and fans across generations.

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