Joe Alwyn has spoken about co-writing songs on his girlfriend Taylor Swift‘s album Folklore but insisted he doesn’t plan to write more music despite his success.
The Conversations With Friends actor, 31, cowrote two songs on Taylor’s 2020 record under the pseudonym William Bowery.
Speaking to ELLE for its May 2022 Rising Star Issue, Joe said there may be no more songs from him as he will instead focus on his acting, despite Folklore’s success in winning a Grammy for Album of the Year.
Music: Joe Alwyn (pictured with co-star Alison Oliver) has spoken to Elle Magazine about co-writing songs on his girlfriend Taylor Swift’s album Folklore
When asked if he will write more music, he told the publication: ‘It’s not a plan of mine, no.’
As well as his songwriting venture, Joe has found success as an actor and is starring in the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s hit book Conversations With Friends.
For Elle’s latest issue, the co-stars posed for stylish outdoor snaps, with Joe cutting a smart figure in a black suit with a green shirt.
In the series, the actor stars as Nick in the adaptation alongside Alison Oliver, who plays the character of Frances.
Couple: Speaking to ELLE for its May 2022 Rising Star Issue, Joe said there may be no more songs from him and Taylor as a duo as he will instead focus on his acting
The series follows a mysterious married couple, Nick and Melissa (Jemima Kirke), and their attraction to two younger women, Frances and Bobbi.
Frances embarks on an affair with Nick, while trying to reconcile her feelings for best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi, played by Utiopia actress Sasha Lane, 25, whom she is in love with.
Speaking about his role, Joe also reflected on trying to find happiness in ‘unconventional’ ways.
He said: ‘If we are able to [find love] outside of the constructs that we’ve created for ourselves of friendships and of marriages and of conventional relationships, can we find happiness in more unconventional ways?
‘Maybe challenging the idea of this one archaic way to find love or happiness, that’s what I took away from it.’
Venture: The actor stars as Nick in the adaptation alongside Alison Oliver, who plays the character of Frances
Joe also joked that although he could not relate to Nick being married and Irish, he could connect to some of his character’s ‘anxieties’.
‘I could relate to some of his anxieties and ups and downs—perhaps accounting from his profession, being an actor,’ he explained.
‘Without turning this into a therapy session, I could relate to some of his depressive moods and struggles.’
Joe admitted that he likes characters who are in some way ‘outsiders’ and struggle to communicate their feelings, although he said they can be challenging to play.
His comments come after he said he doesn’t want to be ‘private’ about his relationship with his singer girlfriend Taylor.
Story: Frances embarks on an affair with Nick, while trying to reconcile her feelings for best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi, played by Utiopia actress Sasha Lane, whom she is in love with
Role: Joe also joked that although he could not relate to Nick being married and Irish, he could connect to some of his character’s ‘anxieties’ (he is pictured with co-star Alison)
The actor has been dating the pop songstress for some time now, but he insists he doesn’t want to be ‘guarded’ about their romance, but in a world that’s so ‘increasingly intrusive’, he enjoys keeping things between them.
‘It’s not really because I want to be guarded and private, it’s more a response to something else,’ he explained. ‘We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive. The more you give and frankly, even if you don’t give it, something will be taken.’
It comes after Taylor revealed Joe helped her open up about politics.
She said previously: ‘As a country musician, I was always told it’s better to stay out of [politics]. The Trump presidency forced me to lean in and educate myself.
Dream team: His comments come after he said he doesn’t want to be ‘private’ about his relationship with his singer girlfriend Taylor (pictured 2019)
‘I found myself talking about government and the presidency and policy with my boyfriend [actor Joe Alwyn], who supported me in speaking out.
‘I started talking to my family and friends about politics and learning as much as I could about where I stand. I’m proud to have moved past fear and self-doubt, and to endorse and support leadership that moves us beyond this divisive, heartbreaking moment in time.’
Taylor also revealed how she and Joe ‘bonded over’ sad songs.
She previously added: ‘Joe and I really love sad songs. We’ve always bonded over music. We write the saddest [songs]. We just really love sad songs. What can I say? It was a surprise that we started writing together. But in a way, it wasn’t because we have always bonded over music and had the same musical tastes.
‘He’s always the person who’s showing me songs by artists and then they become my favorite songs.’
Joe and Taylor started dating several years ago but, because of the private nature of their relationship, it’s not totally certain when they first got together.
They spent time together back in 2016, but dating reports officially began the following year. They were photographed together in Nashville in June of that year.
While they have each acknowledged their relationship, they’ve chosen to keep the details of their love private.
Music fans: Taylor also said Joe is ‘always the person who’s showing me songs by artists and then they become my favorite songs’ (pictured 2021)