Why Britney Spears Helped ‘Fight For’ Sex Scene in ‘Crossroads’

Britney Spears manufactured her massive screen debut in 2002’s Crossroads, but specified scenes almost didn’t make the slice.

“We definitely experienced to struggle for some stuff,” the director of Crossroads, Tamra Davis, recalled to Enjoyment Weekly on Friday, Oct 20, specifically referring to a intercourse scene among Spears’ Lucy and Anson Mount’s Ben. “She desired to [challenge] that graphic that she’s this eternally virgin lady.”

Crossroads, written by Shonda Rhimes, adopted 3 significant-school graduates — performed by Spears, 41, Zoe Saldaña and Taryn Manning — as they highway-tripped from their Louisiana hometown to Los Angeles. Together the way, Spears’ Lucy related with Ben, who was driving the ladies for the period of the journey. Their sex scene, which seems towards the finish of the film, was accomplished “tastefully” according to Davis. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

“A child would not know what the heck is going on!” Davis, 61, quipped to EW. “That was a fight I’m content we won.”

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Amid Britney Spears’ rise to the pop charts, she made her attribute film debut in 2002’s Crossroads. “I was a lot extra intrigued in the young female that I achieved than the impression that people had of her,” screenwriter Shonda Rhimes — who authored the script prior to her Grey’s Anatomy and Bridgerton fame — recalled to […]

Prior to Crossroads, Spears experienced designed a identify as a pop star and for her relationship with ‘NSync singer Justin Timberlake. The pair dated between 1999 and 2002 prior to splitting over infidelity rumors. On their breakup, Timberlake, 42, infamously hinted that he realized that Spears was not a virgin in spite of her general public picture in the course of an interview with Barbara Walters.

'Crossroads' Director Says Britney Spears Fought for Sex Scene to Challenge 'Forever Virgin' Image

Anson Mount as Ben and Britney Spears as Lucy in ‘Crossroads.’
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Again in 2003, Spears instructed W magazine that she experienced only slept with “one person my whole existence,” insinuating that it was Timberlake.

Us Weekly verified previously this thirty day period that Spears reveals in her The Lady in Me memoir who she dropped her virginity to — and it was not Timberlake. According to her ebook, she experienced sexual intercourse for the 1st time with the childhood greatest good friend of her brother, Bryan Spears. (Timberlake has not dealt with her memoir statements, while a source informed Us that he’s “trying to length himself” from the convey to-all.)

Britney was relationship Timberlake when she filmed Crossroads.

I would have to go knock on her resort place doorway in the morning often and be like, ‘OK, Britney, time to go,’ and Justin would be there,” Davis recalled to EW. “It was through the peak of, ‘Is Britney a virgin?’ I wasn’t even likely to talk to! Even waking her up in the lodge space, I was like, no matter what is likely on in your personal everyday living, which is personal.”

'Crossroads' Director Says Britney Spears Fought for Sex Scene to Challenge 'Forever Virgin' Image

Taryn Manning as Mimi, Anson Mount as Ben, Zoe Saldana as Kit, and Britney Spears as Lucy in ‘Crossroads.’
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Davis — who thought the Grammy winners were being the “cutest couple” at the time — even added a temporary ‘NSync reference in the movie. Lucy and her besties notably belted out the band’s “Bye Bye Bye” when they drove Ben’s car away from a gasoline station as he took a nap in the backseat.

“The scene encapsulated what was going on with the audio scene at that time,” Davis stated on Friday. “It was this combination of what audio [Ben] wanted to listen to, which was Nirvana and alt-grunge, as opposed to what the ladies wished to pay attention to, which was ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys and boy bands. We beloved that distinction of radio. I really do not know if it was precisely in the script. I feel up to the previous minute, we did not know if we would have the legal rights mainly because it was a gigantic tune.”

Crossroads returns to theaters nationwide on Monday, Oct 23, and Wednesday, Oct 25.

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