Having just scored the first No. 1 hit she’s placed on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart — “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” currently ranked No. 2 — the young winner of numerous awards has checked out the pilot episode of ABC’s new drama series about the country-music capital that premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10. And, in part, for a reason that’s literally close to home for her.
“Hayden [Panettiere] is my neighbor, actually,” she tells Zap2it about the show’s co-star, whose role in it has been labeled by some a pseudo-Swift. “She pulled me aside and said, ‘I need to talk to you! I need to tell you that my character’s not based on you.’ And I said, ‘I know, Hayden. I saw the pilot. It’s amazing.’ I think she did an incredible job of being sinister and adorable at the same time, and we had a hilarious conversation about it.'”
If a “Nashville” guest shot awaits Swift, her schedule is too packed for it now. Her fourth album “Red” drops on Monday, Oct. 22; she’ll debut clips from its songs weekly on ABC’s “Good Morning America” starting this Monday (Sept. 24); and she also has this weekend’s iHeartRadio Festval in Las Vegas, the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards (Thursday, Nov. 1, on ABC) and the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (Sunday, Nov. 11, on MTV2) on her bursting itinerary.
“I just kind of take opportunities as they come,” Swift reasons. “Acting is something I’ve always been fascinated by, but anything that arises in my life has to be put past the crazy labyrinth of my schedule. Right now, I’m not even able to schedule painting my nails.”