News John Travolta Explained What Happened During His VMAs Mix-Up "I thought it was so funny the way it was interpreted." By De Elizabeth De Elizabeth De is a journalist specializing in pop culture, mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, and motherhood. She has written for InStyle, Teen Vogue, Glamour, MTV News, Allure, Refinery29, and more. She currently writes for Netflix's editorial team, and previously was the Weekend Editor at Teen Vogue. She also writes YA and adult fiction in the genres of horror, thriller, and dark fantasy. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on August 30, 2019 @ 06:25AM Pin Share Tweet Email The internet had a field day during the MTV VMAs when it appeared as though John Travolta mistakenly offered up Taylor Swift’s Video of the Year award to Jade Jolie, a Swift impersonator and drag queen who appeared in the singer’s star-studded “You Need to Calm Down” video. The memes were flying, the reaction gifs were abundant, and rest assured: there were plenty of “Adele Dazeem” references to be found. Now, the actor is speaking out about the viral moment — and he’s choosing to laugh it off. Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images During a radio appearance on Hot 93.3, Travolta explained: “There's so many people that bombarded the stage, that I was looking for [Swift]. So the video has me trying to find her, and you know, I thought it was so funny the way it was interpreted, and it was cool, I didn’t care.” The actor added that he knew Jolie wasn’t the real Taylor Swift, but what if he had actually given her the award instead? “Sometimes I fantasize what if I had given it to [Jolie]?” he quipped. “That would have been awesome.” People Think John Travolta Mistakenly Offered Taylor Swift's VMA to Drag Queen Jade Jolie For Travolta, having a sense of humor about things like this is the only answer — especially given how big of a celebrity he is. “If I shave my head it’s headlines,” he said. “If I mispronounce something, that’s headlines, and I know that about me.” Travolta apparently wasn’t the only one who found the exchange funny; according to Swift’s BFF Todrick Hall (who also co-executive produced the “YNTCD” video), the singer-songwriter had a good laugh. “He was so confident that it was her,” Hall said on the Jerry O show, per Entertainment Tonight. “I loved it, I saw it and we talked about it backstage. Taylor thought it was hilarious.” John Travolta's Teenage Daughter Looks *So* Much Like Him Jolie was just as tickled as Hall and Swift; in a video posted to Instagram, she joked: “Almost got my first award tonight thanks to @johntravolta.” To be fair, Jolie looks an awful lot like Swift — and in the midst of a high-pressure moment, it’s pretty understandable to make that mistake! As Hall himself put it: “Everybody knows that [Jolie] is the Taylor Swift doppelgänger, so I think that was the highest compliment he could pay her.” And that's that on that!