Taylor Swift says she loved the process of creating an animated character for the new film "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which required her to talk to herself.
The movie was released on Friday, March 2, on what would have been the 108th birthday of Seuss. The writer and poet, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, died at age 87 in 1991. "The Lorax" film is based on his 1971 book. Swift, 22, portrays a girl named Audrey, which is also the name of the writer's widow.
Swift's part in "The Lorax" marks her third acting role. The singer-songwriter had previously appeared in the 2010 film "Valentine's Day" and starred in a 2009 episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." She explained to OnTheRedCarpet.com the very solitary but enjoyable process of filming her first animated movie.
"You know I think that for me it was really interesting jumping into the whole animated film process because I've always wanted to know what that would be like," Swift told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the recent Los Angeles premiere for "The Lorax."
"I always wanted to know how they put that together," she added. "It turns out you're in the studio all by yourself, talking to yourself, and creating a character based on what her voice sounds like, which is a really interesting place to start - I just loved it, I thought it was wonderful."
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is a film that chronicles 12-year-old Ted, played by Zac Efron, on his search for something that will help him win the girl of his dreams, Audrey. In his search, he discovers the Lorax, voiced by Danny DeVito, who is a grumpy yet charming creature who is fighting to protect his world.
The actress and singer, known for her music career with songs such as "Love Song" and her recently released single "Safe & Sound" from the "Hunger Games" soundtrack has said that Seuss' books marked her first exposure to poetry.
"The Lorax" is set in a whimsical world. A businessman named the Once-ler, who is portrayed by Ed Helms, has caused the destruction of Truffula trees due to revolutionary technology he has invented.
Zac Efron plays Ted, who aims to help Audrey fulfill her dream of seeing a real tree and discovers that their city, Thneed-Ville, has been closed off. Ted meets the Once-ler, who tells him a story about the land's guardian, The Lorax, played by Danny DeVito. Ted then sets off to remind the world about the importance of nature but runs into opposition from the city's mayor, portrayed by Rob Riggle.
Swift said on her Twitter page earlier this month that "The Lorax" is "filled with adorable-ness." She also says the movie has a deeper meaning.
"I was so happy because I was in this movie thinking, I just felt so lucky to get be a part of something like this," she said. "It's such a fun movie and its going to be so great for families and for people to see this, and then you know they're going to walk out of the theater thinking about their lives, and how to better preserve the environment."Reporting by Jason Marshall, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).