Britney Spears – once best known for her catchy tunes and more recently for her freedom – has had an impressive career. From starring in The Mickey Mouse Club with Justin Timberlake to signing a record deal at age 15, the mega-performer has an impressive resume.
The “…Baby One More Time” singer has made numerous television appearances over the years. Glee dedicated two episodes to her, and she made a cameo as herself in the season 2 tribute episode. She also appeared in two episodes of “How I Met Your Mother,” portraying a receptionist who had a crush on the character Ted Mosby.
With Spears’ talent for singing and dancing so evident, you’d think there would be a natural transition for her into television and film. Although the singer had many opportunities to make her big break both on television and in cinema, her career did not go as far as everyone expected.
Britney Spears’ cameos didn’t get past the talk stage
Britney Spears has been rumored to have starred in a number of popular television shows including Dawson’s Creek. Unfortunately, the guest appearance didn’t make it past the “in the works” stage, but the show’s producing company has signed a development deal with her, possibly for a future TV show of her own. “She wouldn’t want to do a sitcom,” Spears’ co-manager Larry Rudolph said in a 1999 interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But (Columbia TriStar) is doing exactly the kind of drama that Britney would love to do.”
Other television shows that Spears is said to have starred in include “Freaks and Geeks” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” The appearance of “Freaks and Geeks” didn’t seem particularly well thought out either, as NBC wanted the creators to write her into an episode due to her tremendous popularity at the time, suggesting that Spears portrays a waitress, according to Page Six. Spears had a connection to Buffy The Vampire Slayer because she was friends with series executive Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the pop star didn’t appear on the show due to a scheduling conflict, according to ABC News. With all those nonexistent appearances on television, maybe that’s why Spears turned to film.
The movie star didn’t work out for Britney Spears either
Before the role was handed to Rachel McAdams, it was revealed that Britney Spears (and Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, and Jessica Simpson) auditioned for the role of Allie Hamilton on “The Notebook,” Insider. It was also revealed that it took Ryan Gosling and McAdams a while to develop a friendship (and eventually a romantic relationship) off-screen, with Gosling reportedly attempting to kick the “Mean Girls” actor out of the project.
“They really didn’t get along on set one day,” director Nick Cassavetes said in a 2014 interview with VH1. “Ryan came up to me and said, ‘Nick, come here. Would you get her out of here and bring another actress to read with me on camera?’ I said what?’ He’s like, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I just don’t get any of it.'” If the ‘Toxic’ singer had booked the role in the first place, she would have had a reunion with Gosling, who is with her in the Mickey Mouse Club was. And according to casting director Matthew Barry, it was “close,” but they ultimately settled on McAdams.
Like her television career, it appears that Spears wasn’t meant for movie stars. After her planned 2002 project Crossroads, Spears only made a handful of film cameos as herself. At least we always have the music.