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Q&A with Britney Spears & Anson Mount at the Premiere of "Crossroads"

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• Taryn Manning and Justin Long
• Marguerite Moreau, Melissa Joan Hart and Jon Voight
• Additional Interviews with Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning
• Photos from the Premiere
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"Crossroads" is the story of three childhood friends, Lucy (Britney Spears), Kit (Zoe Saldana) and Mimi (Taryn Manning), who, after eight years apart, rediscover their friendship on a cross-country trip. With barely a plan, practically no money but plenty of dreams, the girls catch a lift with Mimi's handsome, mysterious friend Ben (Anson Mount) in his '73 Buick convertible. Along the way they not only gather experiences that will change their lives forever, but they also discover how important it is to hold onto their hearts' desires.


Is this a dream come true?
Yes, ever since I was a little girl this is what I wanted to do so this is a surreal night. It's very cool.

Are you satisfied with the film?
Oh yeah, very satisfied. Definitely.

Did you ask for some profanity to be removed from the script?
Yes, because of the kids, I didn't think we should say anything like that.

How do you deal with critics?
It seems everything they like, I hate and everything they hate, I like (laughing).


What was it like playing opposite Britney in this film?
It was fantastic working with all three of those actresses, this one especially (smiling at Zoe Saldana who was being interviewed next to Anson). Working with Britney was great. She was very, very, very easy to work with because she's a natural.

Any qualms about being in a movie with a pop star?
No, no. Britney's a smart girl and she knew that she needed to focus which required pushing the singing aside for a few months. She gave us the focus that was going to give her a good product. I think she got one.

What do you think of her as an actress?
I think that she could have a big future, if she wants one.

How was it kissing Britney?
It's always a little strange with whoever it is. But you get the giggles out of the way, you check in with the other person, and you just - with a hundred people watching - you kiss.

How did Justin react to your onscreen kissing scenes?
I've met Justin a couple of times. He's a good guy, and a good sport about the whole thing.

Is it true Robert DeNiro ran Britney's lines with you for practice?
That has been the single most popular question in the last week. It's been blown way out of proportion. I was on set for "City by the Sea" and he saw me with the script. He said, "What is that?" and I showed him. I told him, "It's this Britney Spears movie. I don't know if I'm going to do it." He said, "Why not? She's great." And I said, "Alright, help me out here." So he ran the lines for a couple of minutes. He played Lucy (Britney) to my Ben.

Do you think it's tough for a musician to make the transition?
I think that at the end of the day you've either got that relaxed focus you need to turn out a good performance, or you don't. We've seen a lot of people who don't, but Britney does.

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