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Taylor and Taylor to be the hookup of the year? Maybe
Some celebrity hookups are hardly worth the ink used to write them up in the tabloids, especially when they involve two stars who clearly shouldn’t be together, or they end quicker than a sumo wrestling match.
But then there’s Taylor and Taylor. Singer Taylor Swift, the top selling female artist of 2008, and actor Taylor Lautner, the “Twilight” teen idol, have been seen out together, first at a hockey game on Sunday and later this week in Beverly Hills, for what the media has described as a dinner date.
The two Taylors have small roles in the movie “Valentine’s Day,” which is due to come out on Feb. 12. So there’s always the possibility that the whole thing is a publicity stunt. Or not.
Taylor Swift herself spoke about the other Taylor to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air on Thursday. She said that the two share scenes in “Valentine’s Day” and that they kiss in the movie.
“So is he a good kisser?” DeGeneres said.
“What?” Swift said.
“So coy,” DeGeneres responded.
So how do the two Taylors match up?
In one corner, the 17 year-old Lautner was named by celebrity show “Access Hollywood” as having the best abdominal muscles in Hollywood. And he is giving “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson a run for his money in the teen swoon category ahead of his larger role in the sequel “New Moon” due out on Nov. 20.
In the other corner, the 19 year-old Swift was ranked last year in Maxim magazine’s hot 100 female stars list. She sells out concert dates in minutes, and of course she won the 2009 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video in that incident that will be remembered as the great Kanye West flameout of 2009.
Of course, as quick as you become hot in Hollywood, you may just as soon find yourself the subject of an embarrassing incident. In the case of Swift, that has come in the form of a photo on celebrity website TMZ.com showing Swift posing for a photograph at a Los Angeles party on Saturday with a fan wearing a shirt with a Nazi swastika painted on it. Swift’s spokeswoman, Paula Erickson, told Reuters that the photo is misleading, because Swift was in a loud and dark party with strobe lights, and that Swift could not see the swastika on the man’s shirt. “She never even looked at what he was wearing, he was one person that came up to her in a whole line of people,” Erickson said. “She took lots of pictures with lots of people very quickly.” On TMZ’s own informal poll, 75 percent of respondents said by mid-day Thursday that they thought Swift was innocent in the whole thing.
As for Taylor and Taylor, Erickson said she had no comment on whether they are dating. Maybe we’ll know by Valentine’s Day whether “TayTay” (??) will rival Brangelina and TomKat.