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Taylor Swift Opens Up About Being a ‘Careful’ Role Model on ‘Live! With Kelly’

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Friday morning (March 23), Taylor Swift appearance on Kelly Ripa’s show ‘Live! With Kelly’ re-aired, with the singer talking about the upcoming 2012 ACM Awards, the shiny trophies she already has on her shelf and what it’s like to be a role model for millions of young girls.

Swift just wrapped the second leg of her international Speak Now Tour, making appearances in Australia and New Zealand. Though she’s keeping super busy, we’re hoping the star at least took the time before her interview to catch a showing of ‘The Hunger Games‘ and see her songs spinning behind the soon-to-be blockbuster.

Speaking to Ripa about the awards she’s netted — there are six Grammys in the bunch — Swift says people always ask her if she’s counted all of her awards. “It makes me think maybe I should count them,” she tells Ripa (quotes via the Boot). “And then I’m like, No. I don’t want to be that girl that goes, ‘OK, how many of you guys are there?’ And then I’d start naming them.” When the topic of this year’s ACMs came up, Swift gave a little insight into what’s going on in her mind when she hears her name from any awards stage.

“I don’t know who’s going to win any awards,” she says, confirming that her shocked reactions are always authentic. “Nobody knows who’s going to win until they say somebody’s name. That’s why, when I’ve won awards in the past, I get up there and [fakes sobs] and it doesn’t make any sense and I black out. Then afterwards, I’m like, ‘What did I say? Was it English?’”

During the interview, which originally aired in October, the 2011 Billboard Woman of the Year also dished on how she tries to communicate with her international audience. While traveling the globe on her recent tour, Swift says she did her best to learn some of the language wherever she went.

“I would say different things in either Spanish or German or French or Japanese or Chinese, and I would retain [about] five different phrases throughout the night so I could keep it going for anyone who didn’t speak English who was there, which was like 95 percent of the people,” she remembers. When Ripa asked her about her place as a role model for young girls, Swift seemed quite level-headed and mature about the whole thing.

“I’m not uncomfortable with it,” she explains. “You have to be conscious of that. If you’re choosing to put out music and be out there in the public, you have to be conscious of the fact that you are a part of the raising of the next generation and you do have an impact on that. So, choose your outfits and your words and your actions carefully. I think it matters. I think it really does. You can pretend it doesn’t, but it does.”

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