When it comes to sibling rivalry, Taylor and Austin Swift don't even have the term in their vocabulary. They're all about support, not competition, which definitely just makes us love them more.
You'd think it would be difficult growing up with big-time star Taylor Swift as an older sister, but Austin isn't bothered by her having most of the spotlight. He actually says it helped shape his own career.
Speaking of his own career, the 25-year-old is now on his way to becoming a big name in the world of film. After graduating from University of Notre Dame in 2015, he filmed alongside Pierce Brosnan in the thriller film I.T.. Then, upon arriving in Los Angeles, he interned at Lionsgate, where he made and sent out DVD screeners. Just recently, he appeared in Ben Affleck's crime drama Live by Night, and co-starred in Todd Berger’s Cover Versions, which comes out later this year.
He admires Taylor, in the way any younger sibling would, and described his journey to acting as very different than his sister's journey to singing.
“She found singing, and I knew from very early on that that was her direction. She was never going to quit; that was her thing, that was her life . . . and I was always a little bit, you know, doing this, doing that.”
His love of film, however, goes back to high school. He weighed 250 pounds and didn't really have any friends, so he found refuge at the cinema. The rest, as they say, is history.
Watching Taylor's path to stardom inspired Austin and taught him many things. The most important thing she taught him? R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
“Something I learned myself, and learned through watching her, is respect. You just respect everyone’s time, everyone that you’re working with. They’re all there, it’s all their lives, and you need to put the work in to be worth that.”
You can catch Mr. Austin Swift in Cover Versions, which wrapped up filming in April, and of course, alongside his big sis at most award shows.
For now, here's an adorable picture of the siblings as children.