Earlier than Rachel McAdams made The Pocket book the preeminent movie of the cinematic romance style with Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears was a high contender for the leading-lady function. Now, many years after the pop star first learn the script, we are able to lastly watch her full audition tape.
The Each day Mail completely shared the audition footage, which reveals a then 21-year-old Spears finishing a display take a look at as Allie reverse Gosling’s Noah again in 2002. Casting director Matthew Barry reportedly informed the outlet that Spears was a front-runner for the function, edging out different now A-listers like Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Claire Danes, and Jessica Biel.
The tape reveals Spears, wearing a lacy white high and a pearl choker necklace, performing out a scene through which Allie tells Noah that she’s planning on going ahead together with her wedding ceremony plans, regardless of nonetheless being in love with him.
“Look, Noah, I can’t be right here. Not the best way I really feel about you—it’s not truthful to Lon,” Spears says in character.
The singer begins to visibly break down into tears because the audition progresses. “I prayed so that you can die within the warfare. Actually,” she emotionally says. “I might have felt fully horrible for those who would have died, however I simply—I kinda didn’t need you to be alive anymore as a result of I couldn’t bear the considered you being with another person or …”
“Britney wasn’t simply good—she was phenomenal,” Barry recalled to the Mail. “It was a tricky determination. Britney blew us all away. Our jaws have been on the ground. I used to be blown away. Completely blown away. She introduced her A recreation that day.”
The casting crew narrowed down their selections to Spears and the then comparatively unknown McAdams, with the latter in the end nabbing the half. Spears, whose main performing function was starring within the 2002 dramedy Crossroads, mirrored on shedding out on The Pocket book in her new memoir, The Girl in Me.
“The Pocket book casting got here right down to me and Rachel McAdams, and though it will have been enjoyable to reconnect with Ryan Gosling after our time on the Mickey Mouse Membership, I’m glad I didn’t do it,” she wrote. “If I had, as an alternative of engaged on my album Within the Zone, I’d have been performing like a Forties heiress day and evening.”