It is now known that Britney Spears started as a member of Disney The Mickey Mouse ClubThe show didn’t catapult her into a superstar right away. Spears was practically unknown when she released her first single “… Baby One More Time” in 1998. Needless to say, this anonymity didn’t last.
Spears quickly became the figurehead of pop music around the turn of the century, redefining the genre with ensemble dance numbers, a not-so-innocent person on stage, and the occasional Burmese python. From her brief stint on Broadway to her groundbreaking Las Vegas residency, here are 10 facts about the star who inspired an entire generation of kids to choreograph dance routines during the overnight stays.
. Britney Spears was an Off-Broadway understudy at the age of 10.
In 1992, Joel Paley and Marvin Laird were busy playing hopefuls Inconsiderate!, a fake off-Broadway musical about a young girl willing to kill her competition for a lead role in a school production. They’d already cast their leading lady – future Broadway heavyweight Laura Bell Bundy – and feared an equally talented understudy might prove impossible. “And then we found Britney Spears,” said Paley New York Post. The then 10-year-old Spears was a triple threat of “confidence and a great mom.” She stayed on the show for about eight months before the repetition began to bore her. Her successor was another future star: Natalie Portman.
2. Britney Spears was a normal child again afterwards the Mickey Mouse Club completed.
Spears auditioned first The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 8, but the producers told her she was too young for the show. Her second tryout was successful and she joined Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and a few other budding entertainers as Disney’s new class of mouse keteers in 1993. When the program ended two years later, Spears didn’t go to Hollywood. Instead, she went to Louisiana and enrolled in high school.
“I was so bored,” said Spears Rolling Stone in 2011. “I was the point guard on the basketball team. I had my boyfriend and I went home and for Christmas. But I wanted more. I mean, it was fun while it lasted, but then I got the record deal and left. “
3. Britney Spears almost led a girl band.
Before embarking on a solo career, Spears briefly fronted a girl band called Innosense, founded by Backstreet Boys and * NSYNC manager Lou Pearlman. The group – which also belonged to Embarrassing Star Nikki DeLoach – originally supposed to be America’s answer to the Spice Girls, but Spears left before the project got off the ground and the band never garnered a very large fan base. However, Innosense opened for Spears at a few concerts in 2000.
4. The music video for “… Baby One More Time” was the brainchild of Spears.
Nigel Dick’s original idea for the “… Baby One More Time” video was when Spears stepped out of a spaceship and started a dance routine on the Martian surface, which Spears immediately vetoed. Instead, she threw one fat-inspired scene with a group of bored students dancing around their school. Dick and the studio managers decided their teenage starlet probably knew exactly what other teenagers would appeal to, and they went along with it. Spears also came up with the idea of wearing school uniforms – Dick had planned to dress them in simple T-shirts and jeans. The director’s original idea eventually made it off the cutting room floor; Spears’ Oops! … I did it again video, also filmed by Dick, takes place on Mars.
5. Britney Spears has auditioned The notebook.
Spears is no stranger to the screen. In addition to unforgettable guest appearances joy, Sabrina the teenage witch, Jane the Virgin, Will & Graceand other shows, she starred in romantic comedy in 2002 crossing (written by Shonda Rhimes). Not long after its release, she was in the running to play alongside her mouseketeer Ryan Gosling in 2004 The notebook. “She did a really great job,” said Gosling of her audition. The role of Allie Hamilton eventually went to Rachel McAdams, who impressed Gosling and director Nick Cassavetes with her assertiveness and emotional breadth.
6. Britney Spears had a short-lived long-distance relationship with Prince William.
According to Spears, reports of her romance with the future King of England ran pretty wide, and the couple never actually met. During an interview on The Frank Skinner Show In 2002, Spears admitted that Prince William was technically responsible for their missed connection. “We exchanged a little e-mail and he should visit me somewhere,” she said, “but it didn’t work out, so it was.” When Skinner expressed mocked indignation that William had raised her, Spears declined. “He’s a very busy guy,” she said.
7. Britney Spears often travels under a pseudonym.
As one of the most outstanding pop stars of the 21st century, Spears creates a media hype with virtually every move she makes. To get a little anonymity, she doesn’t always book hotel rooms under her own name. But her pseudonyms, which she often invents on the spot, aren’t exactly under the radar. During “Carpool Karaoke,” James Corden announced that she was Alotta Warmheart, Anita Dick, and Chastity Montgomery in the past. Biographer Steve Dennis claimed she also used Ms. Diana Prince (a nod to Princess Diana), Ms. Abra Cadabra, and Queen of the Fairy Dance.
8. Britney Spears inspired a Barry Manilow album.
The paparazzi have ruthlessly documented Spears’ personal life in a way that many consider viciously exploitative. The escalation of their struggle for privacy in 2007 inspired Barry Manilow’s 2011 album 15 years. “She couldn’t have a life without it [the paparazzi] I stop next to her car and follow her and drive her crazy, “said Manilow Los Angeles times. “We all looked at it in horror and [my collaborator Enoch Anderson] and I said, “Is that what happens these days?” So it seemed like one thing to write an album about it. “
In another area of the entertainment industry, screenwriter / director Shana Feste watched with similar horror, which inspired her to develop the film in 2010 Country strong. In it, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a country music star who navigates the many pitfalls of fame.
9. Britney Spears ‘”Do Somethin'” music video has been banned in France.
In 2005, Spears released a very imaginative video for her single “Do Somethin ‘” in which she and her friends fly through the clouds in a bright pink lobster. Obviously, they also envisioned that Louis Vuitton wouldn’t have a problem with Hummer’s upholstery looking suspiciously like Louis Vuitton’s cherry blossom pattern. Unfortunately, the Paris-based brand has sued the record label. “We don’t do dashboards,” said a spokesman. The case was settled, but Sony BMG had to pay more than $ 117,000 and France was banned from broadcasting the video. In the version currently available on YouTube, there is hardly a cherry blossom in sight.
10. Las Vegas dedicated a day to Britney Spears.
Before Celine Dion came to town at the height of her career, the Las Vegas Strip had a reputation for being the place where “musicians die,” that is, where aging musicians can put on a whole series of concerts without the hassle of traveling are required for a tour. Spears increased the stakes in 2013 with a dynamic, high budget residence that includes a ring of fire, acrobatics, giant hamster wheels, and many other gaspable effects. The spectacle attracted a younger than usual crowd and set a new precedent for Vegas shows; Since then, the city has attracted artists like Lady Gaga, Drake and Cardi B, who are currently ruling the charts. In order to recognize the impact of Spears and to express gratitude, Las Vegas declared November 5, 2014 “Britney Day”. Spears was given a key to town, and the first 100 people named “Britney” who came to the celebration were given free tickets to see their show.