Actor Joe Alwyn has said he is proud of the music he and girlfriend Taylor Swift wrote together in lockdown.
The 31-year-old London-born star has been dating singer-songwriter Swift, 32, since at least 2017, but the pair have remained extremely private about their relationship.
Alvin will next appear in the BBC series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s debut novel Conversations with Friends, which airs on BBC Three and iPlayer from 15 May.
He worked with Swift on her surprise eighth studio album Folklore, written under the pseudonym William Bowery, and co-wrote several songs on the follow-up sister album, Evermore.
He told GQ Hype about writing songs in lockdown: “It was actually the most accidental thing to happen in lockdown. It was not like, ‘It’s three o’clock, it’s time to write a song!’.
“It was just messing around on a piano and singing badly and being heard and then thinking, you know, what if we tried to end this together?”
The actor – who gained recognition after starring in the 2016 war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was directed by Ang Lee and also starred Kristen Stewart – said of writing with Swift: It was fun to do with, and I was proud of it.
“It’s nice to have such a positive reception.”
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Conversation with Friends follows two Dublin college students, Francis and Bobby, as they form a strange and unexpected relationship with married couple Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and Nick (Alwyn).
The 12-part series is being produced by the makers of Normal People, the hit series based on other books by Irish author Rooney.
Alvin said of Nick’s accent: “I listened to people like Andrew Scott and Tom Vaughan-Lawler and that kind of middle-class South Dublin accent.
“(Nick’s) is quite English, the thought was that he may have gone to drama school in London and has a British wife and so maybe some of those voices have softened as well.”
The screen adaptation of Normal People was a huge hit and its stars – Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones – received critical acclaim.
The full GQ Hype interview with Joe Alvin is available online.