Britney Spears’ Crossroads is a movie about friendship. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the young cast members naturally bonded during the filming of the 2002 dramedy. Spears detailed how the cast helped and supported each other on set — and made the movie’s friendship even more authentic along the way.
The pop star said her co-stars gave her advice on the set of ‘Crossroads’
Spears admits that she was nervous the first time she set foot on the set of Crossroads.
However, she also says that her co-stars were highly supportive. In a 2002 interview with MTV, she explained.
“Oh definitely, throughout the whole thing!” Spears told MTV when asked if the cast bonded. “I mean, they gave me their advice on things, and they’d say ‘that was a good scene, Britney,’ you know? Because I’m new at this, and I’d want to know. And if something happened with them, I’d be like ‘that was really real!’ We were totally there for each other.”
Crossroads follows the adventures of three childhood friends from Georgia. Lucy (Spears) is an overachiever and people-pleaser. Mimi (Taryn Manning) is a troubled pregnant teen hoping to get out of town and follow her dreams. And finally, Kit (Zoe Saldana) responds to her mother’s impossibly high expectations by simply being snooty.
Together, they unearth tokens from their past. Moreover, they head out on a spontaneous road trip to Los Angeles. Their ride, Ben (Anson Mount), is Lucy’s love interest.
Britney Spears says the lead cast ‘hit it off’ from the beginning
In the same interview, Spears said it was easy to get comfortable with her co-stars from the very beginning. “So, the team of people that were working with me were amazing,” she said. “Tamra, the director. And the cast that was with me, Taryn and Zoe, the girls. And we just hit it off; it was cool.”
Furthermore, writer Shonda Rhimes said she observed the cast having a great time. “She was very cheerful, very fun,” Rhimes told Broadly for a 2016 retrospective. “I think it was so different from being on the road and doing concerts—being able to stay in one place and be with the same group of people all the time. It was the first time I think she had hung out with people her own age. When she was on the road, it was her and a team of people, but this was her, and Taryn, and Zoe, and Anson. They were all sort of the same age, and I think they had fun together.”
Zoe Saldana once said Britney Spears was ‘humble’ on the set of ‘Crossroads’
The friendships forged on the set of Crossroads evidently endure. In a 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Saldana shared how Spears treated her costars at the time.
“I have a huge amount of respect for Britney Spears,” said Saldana. “I’ve always said this, and I always will continue to say it: She was the one big, big celebrity that I met when I was starting to work in Hollywood who literally was humble. Whatever was going on in her mind or in her world, it was never about hating her neighbor.”
Manning also had good things to say about Spears and her other co-stars.
“We spent months in the car that we took ‘cross country’ sharing stories, joking, laughing and had a friendship for years, especially while filming,” Manning told Us Weekly in September 2021.
In short, a road trip movie is almost always about friendship. And there’s no shortage of friendship behind Britney Spears’ Crossroads.
Source: mtv and cheatsheet