Taylor Swift penned a heartfelt essay about Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list Tuesday night (Sept. 22). And just like everyone else, she still can’t get enough of her 2019 Emmys glam shot.
The one where Waller-Bridge is casually smoking a cigarette in one hand and holding a cocktail in the other while sitting in her Monique Lhuillier gown on a sun lounger at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. And the Emmys for her British comedy-drama series are casually lounging right beside her.
“It was, to paraphrase pretty much everyone who saw it, iconic,” Swift wrote. “But an image alone doesn’t evoke this kind of passionate response without a story behind it. The reason this picture feels so good to see is that before this moment, there were seemingly endless drafts and rewrites and deadlines. There were countless times this writer was up at all hours of the night, not celebrating in the delicious glow of the light bouncing off her golden trophies, but racking her brain to try and stick a literary landing.”
Swift marveled at the 35-year-old award-winning star’s accomplishments, from being the executive producer and showrunner of Killing Eve to adapting her one-woman play Fleabag into a show to co-writing the new Bond film No Time to Die.
“It’s magical to see that all the rehearsals, baby steps, false starts and dead ends can lead to an extremely driven and unfathomably talented woman unwinding in a lounge chair surrounded by her winnings,” Swift concluded in her essay. “Phoebe Waller-Bridge and all that she has achieved is, indeed, a big mood.”
The two formally united on the stage of Studio 8H for an episode of Saturday Night Live last October, where Waller-Bridge made her hosting debut and Swift reprised her role as the show’s musical guest.
See the “iconic” Emmys photo T-Swift was talking about (if you haven’t already) here.