Britney Spears has dominated headlines this week after the release of her tell-all memoir The Woman In Me, but one of the most surprising tidbits from the book was the fact she was in the running to play Allie Hamilton in 2004 film The Notebook.
Britney stated in her memoir that it was down to her and Rachel McAdams for the iconic role, noting that she was glad when she wasn't offered the part after struggling with method acting and breaking out of character when playing Lucy Wagner in 2002's Crossroads.
"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," Britney wrote.
Fans have mixed reactions to Britney's audition for The Notebook
Since the admission, footage has been leaked of Britney's audition, with a teary Britney rehearsing lines with Ryan Gosling.
The audition has had mixed reactions from fans, with some loving her interpretation of Allie and others being not as fussed.
"She was positively adorable in that clip," one fan said on Reddit. "Honestly, that was way better than I expected."
"I was expecting this to be cringe and awkward and people saying that she was exaggerating in her book, but she’s actually really good," another supportive fan commented.
"She did good, not Rachel McAdams good. But she did good," one person said.
"Britney's not a bad actor as far as singer-turned-actors go but Rachel McAdams is irreplaceable in that role imo," another agreed.
"That would've been disastrous omg. She would've been great for mean girls tho," someone tweeted.
Some people felt like Britney had a missed opportunity in the acting world.
"I feel like she could’ve pulled a J-Lo with acting in rom-com comedies and having her songs being in the films' soundtrack. If only she had the infrastructure for protecting and diversifying her career," one person said.
Read more about Britney's tell-all memoir here.
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