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Taylor Swift attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.

Taylor Swift puts a lot of thought into her songs. From the lyrics to how she conceptualizes her music videos, the award-winning musician gives her fans the ultimate experience. Swift likes to drop Easter eggs in her music videos and she occasionally recruits her celebrity friends to take them to the next level. The artist has directed a ton of her music videos, as well, earning awards for “The Man” (2020) and “All Too Well (The Short Film)” (2022). Since 2019, Taylor has pretty much taken the reigns on the direction for her music videos.

Per Billboard, her directorial journey started years before that. In 2010, Swift teamed up with Roman White (director of “You Belong With Me” and “Fifteen” music videos) for the making of “Mine.” Swift has 13 music videos that she self-directed; she’s released five documentaries, three video albums, and a short film.

RELATED: Taylor Swift Will Be Directing Her First Feature Film

As we previously reported, Swift said last September, “I’d like to keep taking baby steps forward and I’m at a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step. It would be committing to making a film and I feel like I would absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise, because I absolutely adore telling stories this way.” While at the Toronto Film Festival for her “All Too Well (The Short Film),” she added that she “always want to tell human stories about human emotion.”

Take a look below at all the celebrities that have made cameos in Taylor Swift’s music videos:

  • You Need To Calm Down

    Swift’s 2019 music video was filled with cameos. Adam Lambert tattoos Ellen DeGeneres, the Queer Eye cast has a tea party, Ryan Reynolds paints, RuPaul tosses a beauty pageant crown in the air, Laverne Cox makes her neighbor Chester Lockhart swoon, Ciara officiates Jesse Tyler Ferguson and real-life husband Justin Mikita’s wedding, Todrick Hall dances with Swift, Billy Porter declares peace, and Katy Perry dresses as a burger to go with Swift’s fries.

  • Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

    Another fun, cameo-filled music video: Selena Gomez betrays Swift as Arsyn, Kendrick Lamar is Welvin Da Great, Lena Dunham is the cigar-smoking Lucky Fiori, Hailee Steinfeld is The Trinity, Serayah is Dilemma, Gigi Hadid is Slay-Z, Ellie Goulding is Destructa X, Martha Hunt is Homeslice, Cara Delevingne is Mother Chucker, Zendaya is Cutthroat, Hayley Williams is a play on The Fifth Element‘s Leeloo Dallas as The Crimson Curse, Lily Aldridge is Frostbyte, Karlie Kloss is Knock Out, Jessica Alba is Domino, Ellen Pompeo is Luna, and Cindy Crawford is Headmistress. And Mariska Hargitay, is Justice (of course). Taylor probably geeked out extra hard over that one: one of her cats is named “Olivia Benson.”

  • Wildest Dreams

    Wrath of Man‘s Scott Eastwood starred as a fictional actor named Robert Kingsley, who was also Swift’s love interest. Taylor stars as Majorie Finn in the video.

  • ME! ft. Brendon Urie

    Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendan Urie joined Swift in this video. The clip sees the two argue in French together. Also making an adorable cameo are Swift’s cats, Benjamin Button, Olivia Benson, and Meredith Grey.

  • End Game ft. Ed Sheeran

    Song features don’t always guarantee a music video appearance, but Future hangs out with Swift throughout the whole video as they party and drive cars; Sheeran comes in later to sing his verse and party in Tokyo and London.

  • I Knew You Were Trouble

    Reeve Carney is best known for playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, and Dorian Gray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, played Swift’s bad-boy love interest in this 2012 video. Fun fact: Carney was a musician before he was an actor. He used to play rhythm guitar in blues rocker Jonny Lang’s band.

  • You Belong With Me

    Lucas Till, who is best known for his role as Havok X-Men: First Class), The Spy Next Door, and the MacGyver television series, played Swift’s love interest. The pair met while on set of Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2008. In the Disney movie, Till played a character named Travis Brody, Hannah’s (Miley Cyrus) childhood friend, while Swift played herself.

  • Teardrops on My Guitar

    Singer/actor Tyler Hilton portrayed Drew, Swift’s love interest. He is best known for his role as Chris Keller on One Tree Hill and in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line as Elvis Presley.

  • Ours

    Friday Night Lights actor Zach Gilford plays her love interest.He adds color to Swift’s life and her character clearly misses him. Spoiler alert: she reunites with him at the end.

  • I Can See You (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)

    Twilight alum Taylor Lautner, who dated the singer for a few months in 2009, joins Swift as a character that is on a mission to save Swift and her 2010 Speak Now album alongside Bullet Train actress Joey King.

  • Bejeweled

    Laura Dern stars as Swift’s evil “Stepmommy,” who hilariously calls her a “tired tacky wench” and forbids her from attending the ball. The Haim sisters portray Swift’s treacherous stepsisters. Meanwhile, Dita Von Teese teaches Swift a burlesque routine on stage in a super-sized martini glass. Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath appears as Queen Pat. Finally, frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff plays Prince Jack, who proposes to Swift, but she ghosts him and keeps the castle.

  • Anti-Hero

    Taylor Swift had a lot of fun in this one, having two versions of herself. The video features Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), and comedians John Early (Search Party) and Mike Birbiglia (A Man Called Otto) as mourners at Swift’s funeral. Also, in the beginning, there are a bunch of “ghosts” dressed in patterned cloths and sunglasses. Funnily enough, a fan attended her Eras Tour show in a recreation of the outfit!

  • I Bet You Think About Me

    In this re-recording of her 2012 Red track, Swift enlisted Miles Teller to star as the groom, and his real-life wife, Keleigh Sperry Teller, played the bride. Blake Lively co-wrote and directed the song’s music video, which sees Swift crashing an ex’s big wedding day.

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