Britney Spears’s Unearthed Audition for ‘The Notebook’ Left Everyone’s ‘Jaws on the Floor’

The Princess of Pop just released a memoir that details her acting stints, in addition to her tumultuous recent years.
Britney Spears

Britney Spears.

Britney Spears fans are in for a treat they never expected. Nearly two decades after The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, was released on big screens, footage of the Grammy Award-winner auditioning for lead role Allie Hamilton has surfaced—and it’s a pretty impressive video.

Even the film’s casting director Michael Barry admitted that it was a “tough decision” to choose between actress Rachel McAdams (who ended up being cast alongside Ryan Gosling) and the “Oops!…I Did It Again” singer.

“Britney wasn’t just good—she was phenomenal,” he recalledBritney blew us all away. Our jaws were on the floor. I was blown away. Absolutely blown away. She brought her A-game that day.”

The original video, which was shared by Daily Mail on YouTube on Oct. 23, has since been removed, but in the two-minute clip from 2002, the Princess of Pop read an emotional part in the script when Allie tells her old lover, Gosling’s character, Noah Calhoun, that she is marrying Lon Hammond (played by James Marsden).

“I can’t be here. Not the way I feel about you, it’s not fair to Lon,” the 41-year-old said. “Noah, you can’t marry two people. And I’m marrying Lon, so I should go, O.K.?”

Spears, who starred in the 2002 film Crossroads alongside Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning, released her memoir, The Woman in Me, on Oct. 24. In it, she opens up about not landing the role in The Notebook and getting to focus on music, in addition to topics like freedom, fame, motherhood and personal faith.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.