Sometimes friends set up friends with other friends. And sometimes two of those friends are Emma Stone and Taylor Swift, and the third friend is an up-and-coming actor named Joe Alwyn. What we’re trying to say is, Emma Stone reportedly was responsible for setting up Taylor Swift and her new (rumored) beau, Joe Alwyn.
According to the Daily Mail, this whole matchmaking thing began because Stone and Alwyn, who snagged his breakout role as the star of last year’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, are filming The Favourite, a movie about the reign of Queen Anne, together in the United Kingdom. The Oscar winner introduced Swift to her eligible costar, and in the “several months”—yes, months—since, the singer has been flying to London and traipsing around the city with him in myriad disguises involving hats and scarves to keep their romance under wraps. You know, regular date stuff.
Meanwhile, because Alwyn’s entrance into the limelight happened a whole 24 hours ago, the publication has unearthed some much-anticipated intel about Swift’s mysterious new man. One painfully reductive source, who claims to be a friend of the actor, said Alwyn never had a girlfriend while at drama school because he was “committed to his craft,” yet somehow he is also “a quintessential panty-dropper. Your classic prince charming.” Yikes.
As for us, we plan to wait for Swift’s inevitable Grammy-winning album about this maybe-blossoming relationship to make up our minds about Alwyn. One thing we know for sure? She’ll always have her friends: