Taylor Swift’s ‘CSI’ Performance Is Enthusiastic, If Not Emmy-Worthy

The singer's dyed-brown hair does most of the acting as she plays a dead rebellious teen.

Like [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist], [artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist] and [artist id="1624630"]Jesse McCartney[/artist] before her, on Thursday night, [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] joined the illustrious ranks of musicians who have made cameo appearances on popular crime dramas.

Swift got to live her dream of playing the dead girl on “CSI.” Told mostly in flashbacks to a year before Swift’s character, Haley, was found murdered outside the motel her parents run, the episode took on the twists and turns expected from the CBS detective show.

Swift, a longtime “CSI” fan , was in the majority of the episode, but she spent most of her screen time either standing around or sharing a few quick lines here and there with Detective Nick Stokes, played by George Eads. The two struck up a friendship a year before her death, when he came to the motel to investigate the death of two people at the hotel. The story quickly became more about Haley and her family.

Swift was lucky enough to have her hair color do a lot of the acting for her. She wasn’t bad, but unlike Diddy, Ludacris and McCartney, who have had more acting experience than Swift, she is definitely still learning. Her dialogue, for the most part, was kept short and sweet. Her character, on the other hand, wasn’t sweet at all. She was a slightly rebellious teenager, who we learn was adopted by a woman who was still struggling with the loss of her daughter before Haley was born. (SPOILER! In the end, we learn that Haley’s mom accidentally killed Haley with scissors in a heated argument.)

Judging by the enthusiasm she brought to the role, this probably won’t be the last time Swift fans get a chance to see her act. Next up for the budding actress will be a cameo alongside BFF Miley Cyrus in “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”