Britney Spears Regrets Passing on Role in ‘Chicago’: “I Should’ve Done It”

Britney Spear's book "the woman in me"

In her recently released memoir, The Woman In Me, Britney Spears shares some candid reflections on her career choices, and one revelation stands out: she turned down a role in the Oscar-winning movie Chicago, and she wishes she hadn’t.

Known for her role in the 2002 film Crossroads and almost taking the lead in The Notebook, Britney reveals that the opportunity to be part of the Chicago cast slipped through her fingers. Executives from the movie, based on the hit Broadway show, attended one of her shows and extended an offer she now deeply regrets declining.

“I should’ve done it. I had power back then; I wish I’d used it more thoughtfully, been more rebellious,” she writes. “Chicago would have been fun. It’s all dance pieces — my favorite kind: prissy, girly follies Pussycat Doll-like, serve-off-your-corset moves. I wish I’d taken that offer.”

Britney’s description of the role she would’ve played in Chicago adds intrigue. She says, “I would’ve played a villain who kills a man, and sings and dances while doing it, too.” Given the multiple characters in the movie that fit this description, it’s uncertain which role Britney might have taken on.

Reflecting on her past decisions, Britney acknowledges her commitment to staying in her comfort zone. “If only I’d been brave enough not to stay in my safe zone, done more things that weren’t just within what I knew,” she writes. “But I was committed to not rocking the boat and not complaining even when something upset me.”

Chicago, the iconic film that starred Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, and more, went on to claim six Oscars, including the coveted Best Picture award.

Britney’s revelation serves as a reminder of the what-ifs and opportunities that have shaped her career, and leaves us wondering how her presence might have added a unique twist to the beloved movie Chicago.



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