Fun fact: Britney Spears auditioned for the role that went to Rachel McAdams in 2002’s The Notebook. Her audition has just been released 21 years later and the casting director called it “phenomenal”. Casting director Matthew Berry told the Daily Mail: “Britney beat out several of the top female actresses at the time. Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Kate Bosworth, Amy Adams, Jamie King and Mandy Moore auditioned for this role. Britney beat out all of them. Everybody who was anybody that year wanted this part.”
But Britney revealed she was “glad” her acting career ended with Crossroads because she got a little too deep into Method acting. She said “My problem wasn’t with anyone involved in the production but with what acting did to my mind. I think I started Method acting — only I didn’t know how to break out of my character. I really became this other person. Some people do Method acting, but they’re usually aware of the fact that they’re doing it. But I didn’t have any separation at all.”
Although she said it would have been “fun to reconnect” with Gosling after their time on the “Mickey Mouse Club”, she went on to say “I hope I never get close to that occupational hazard again.” “Living that way, being half yourself and half a fictional character, is messed up. After a while you don’t know what’s real anymore.” Full video below!
Britney Spears’ audition for ‘The Notebook’ obtained by Daily Mail.
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 23, 2023