Just a few weeks after Sir Patrick and the "Blank Space" songstress struck up a very unexpected Twitter friendship, the actor now tells me he's going to see her in concert!
"She's coming to town," Stewart told me tonight at the premiere of his new Starz series, Blunt Talk (more on that in a minute). "I think we're working on that. I mean, she's invited us into her squad!"
That would be us as in Stewart and his BFF Sir Ian McKellen.
It was just three weeks ago that, McKellen, 76, was shown giving a dramatic reading of Swift's latest hit "Bad Blood" in a Yahoo! video while NPR released a video of Stewart, 75, reciting her scorned love anthem "Blank Space."
In a tweet to Swift, Stewart asked if he and McKellen can join her squad.
Swift responded, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals." She included a collage of photos showing the two actors' long-term bromance.
"OMG I DIE!!! (no really, I might. I'm old.)," Stewart replied. "I hope this means I can finally wear leather pants in public..."
Stewart couldn't be happier. "She's sensational!" he told me. "I'm thrilled."
As for the leather pants, Stewart cracked, "Whatever I wear I'm sure it will be outshone by Sir Ian—I can promise you that."
Swift begins the first of five concerts in L.A. on Aug. 21.
In Blunt Talk, Stewart plays Walter Blunt, a hard drinking, drug taking British newscaster trying to conquer cable news in the U.S.
Executive producer Seth MacFarlane suggested that he and Stewart team up for a new series after working together for 11 seasons on American Dad. "It was the morning after he hosted the Academy Awards," Stewart remembered. "In two minutes, he pitched the idea and in 30 seconds, I said yes and then we moved onto other things."
A few weeks later, writer Jonathan Ames came up with the premise of the show after watching Piers Morgan on CNN.
"This is a new world for me," Stewart said. "I've played some bad guys, some difficult characters, but never anyone who has such a colorful life as Walter Blunt."
In fact, in the premiere episode—SPOILER ALERT!—Walter gets busted by police after being caught in a compromised position with a transgender hooker in his car.
Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver plays Stewart's producer.
"I knew it was going to be raunchy and risqué because it's on cable TV," Weaver said. "My character does do a lot of swearing...I didn't know until the show what motorboating was. It's not as though my generation didn't do it, we just didn't have the name for it."
And no, we're not going to describe what motorboating is. Google has plenty of info on the NFSW activity.
Blunt Talk premieres on Aug. 22 on Starz.