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Taylor Swift's performance at the Tribeca Film Festival is a surprise for her fans

Taylor Swift loves to keep her fans on their toes more than anything else.

At the Tribeca Film Festival screening of "All Too Well: The Short Film" on Saturday, the musician with many talents was supposed to talk with director Mike Mills about her first foray into filmmaking (she directed, wrote, produced, and acted in the clip). Instead, she surprised everyone by giving a live acoustic performance at the end of the day.

Swift asked the crowd, "Do you have an extra 10 minutes?," after she said that her talk with Mills had gone on for a long time. She then sang the longer version of "All Too Well," which was on last year's "Red (Taylor's Version)," to a standing ovation.

The 32-year-old Grammy winner had more surprises in store for the "Storytellers: Taylor Swift" event at the Beacon Theatre. After talking about the idea and creative process behind her short film, Swift asked Sadie Sink and Dylan O'Brien to join her onstage. (Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, who are famous friends, were among the people in the crowd.)

“He’s not a monster, he’s just a narcissistic, egotistical child,” O’Brien said of his character, the piece’s antagonist (widely rumored to be based on Swift’s ex Jake Gyllenhaal).

Swift praised the “Teen Wolf” actor for bringing the “electric charisma that his character needed to be able to get away with all the gaslighting,” and hailed Sink as “so talented,” saying she was “clutching [her] chest” while watching the “Stranger Things” star’s scenes from behind the camera.

“I wanted it to feel like them falling together was inevitable and like them falling apart was just as inevitable,” she said of the film’s central couple.

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Taylor Swift poses with (from left) Jane Rosenthal, Sadie Sink, Paula Weinstein, Dylan O’Brien and Mike Mills.
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Mills asked Swift if she would be interested in directing a full-length movie next, and Swift said, "I would love to." This is good news for people who like Swift's directing work.

The star also released a new 11-and-a-half-minute "Short Film" version of "All Too Well" on Saturday, to go along with her Tribeca Film Festival event.

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