Taylor Swift, we’re completely envious of you. And it’s not because you’re the biggest star in the world (even though that’s pretty awesome) – it’s because you got to star alongside Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes and more in the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver! But by the sounds of it, Taylor knows she was in good company while filming her supporting role in South Africa last month.

“I couldn’t believe it was happening to me,” she told Access Hollywood. “I still can’t believe I shot in South Africa and shot all my scenes with Jeff Bridges. It was unreal.”

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Taylor has had a little bit of acting experience, from the 2010 comedy Valentine’s Day to her cameo in season two of New Girl. Jumping into The Giver was all about honing her craft, saying, “I just tried to work as hard as I could and just throw myself into that environment as much as I possibly could.”

Taylor added that while there were “really long hours,” it was “one of the most amazing experiences” of her life. “I learned so much,” she said. “It’s crazy how educational just getting into a situation and doing it [is]. You learn so much more… I have taken acting classes and read as much as I possibly can on it and done theater before all this started, [but] you learn more by actually doing it than you could ever learn in preparation.”

The Giver is set to hit theaters in August 2014.

Are you excited to see Taylor in The Giver?