Josh Charles Says Role in Taylor Swift’s ‘Fortnight’ Video ‘Was Hard’ to Keep Secret: 'Didn’t Even Tell My Kids'

Charles and his 'Dead Poets Society' costar Ethan Hawke delighted fans with cameos in Swift's latest music video

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Josh Charles and Ethan Hawke in Taylor Swift's music video for "Fortnight"

When Taylor Swift asks you to keep a secret, you keep it!

Josh Charles, who surprised fans with a cameo in the singer's “Fortnight" music video along with Ethan Hawke, reflected on the fun the duo had reuniting for the lead single off Swift’s newly released The Tortured Poets Department — while also admitting it was “hard” keeping it to himself.

“Little debrief about yesterday: I don’t like keeping secrets so that was hard. I didn’t even tell my kids until the other day!” Charles, 52, wrote in the caption of an Instagram post as he shared a selfie with Hawke, 53, from the airport and a photo of them in The Dead Poets Society in the next slide.

“Here’s a couple of tortured old poets about to board an early flight to be pop stars for a day. Been through a lot with this dude over the years, but safe to say this was a most memorable day," he continued.

Charles then raved that Swift, 34, and “her crew” treated him and Hawke with “such class” during the shoot for the single, which features Post Malone, adding, “What I’ll remember most was the laughter. There was a lot of it. Like we were 17 all over again. #TSTTPD.”

In a comment, Hawke joked that he and Charles should “keep it rolling” and continue to reprise their roles as Todd and Knox from the 1989 film. “Maybe Todd & Knox start appearing mysteriously in the background of all the world’s great poets!”

Related: Post Malone Raves About Taylor Swift After The Tortured Poets Department Feature on 'Fortnight': 'I Am Floored by Your Heart'

<p>Josh Charles/Instagram</p> Josh Charles and Ethan Hawke pose for a selfie

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Josh Charles and Ethan Hawke pose for a selfie

Following the release of the music video on April 19, Hawke shared some photos from the set on Instagram — along with a throwback shot from the film — as he referenced one of the movie’s most famous scenes.

“‘Todd’ & ‘Knox’ from DEAD POETS SOCIETY are now PhDs in THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT. It’s quite an honor,” he wrote in the caption. “Thank you @taylorswift for the opportunity to be in the music video for your song FORTNIGHT feat. @postmalone. carpe diem!”

Swift also shouted out the actors in her own post celebrating the video’s release, writing, “I’m still laughing from getting to work with the coolest guys on earth, @ethanhawke and @mrjoshcharles (tortured poets, meet your colleagues from down the hall, the dead poets).”

Related: Gwyneth Paltrow Jokes She Wishes She Would've Kissed More 'Dead Poets Society' Cast Members

In the video, Swift wakes up in what appears to be a mental asylum as it's revealed through a montage of her memories that she used to work with Malone, 28, who she has a romantic entanglement with.

Charles and Hawke star as scientists working in a lab as the 14-time Grammy winner is hooked to an upright table reminiscent of a scene from Frankenstein.

Malone then returns to the lab as a scientist before cutting in and saving Swift from the experiments.

<p>taylor swift</p> Taylor Swift, Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles in the music video for "Fortnight"

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Taylor Swift, Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles in the music video for "Fortnight"

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Reflecting on the video in her Instagram post, Swift wrote, "When I was writing the Fortnight music video, I wanted to show you the worlds I saw in my head that served as the backdrop for making this music. Pretty much everything in it is a metaphor or a reference to one corner of the album or another."

She continued, "For me, this video turned out to be the perfect visual representation of this record and the stories I tell in it. @postmalone blew me away on set as our tortured tragic hero and I’m so grateful to him for everything he put into this collaboration."

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