Zoe Saldana Rates Crossroads Costar Britney Spears' Acting Chops

Entertainment Dec. 6, 2013 AT 5:30PM
Taryn Manning, Britney Spears and Zoe Saldana in Crossroads Zoe Saldana was asked to rate Britney Spears' acting ability in their 2002 movie Crossroads Credit: hotos12.com / Polaris

Oh, what a difference a decade makes. Zoe Saldana may be an acclaimed, blockbuster-worthy star now, but long before she graced the screen in huge films like Star Trek and Avatar, she was just Britney Spears' sidekick in Crossroads. Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Dec. 5, the recently married Star Trek Into Darkness actress was asked what it was like to work with Spears more than 10 years ago.

"Zoe has starred in some major blockbusters, but there's one film that stands out among the rest as my fave. That's right -- Crossroads, with Miss Britney Jean Spears!" host Andy Cohen announced on the show. He then proceeded to play a clip from the 2002 coming-of-age comedy-drama, in which the "Hold It Against Me" singer and two high school friends take a cross-country road trip together.

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"We're going to put 30 seconds on the clock, and I'm just going ask Zoe everything I can about Brit-Brit," Cohen said after the video. His first question? "Who did Britney bond with the most on the set?"

"Taryn," Saldana replied quickly, referring to Taryn Manning (now starring on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black).

Cohen: "When was the last time you spoke to Britney?"

Saldana: "Oh, God. Years and years ago." 

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Cohen: "Did J.T. [Justin Timberlake] come and visit her on the set?" (Fellow former Mouseketeer and N'SYNC boy band Timberlake dated Spears from 1999 to 2002.)

Saldana: "Yes."

Cohen: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how country is Britney?"

Saldana: "Country!"

Cohen: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate her acting chops?" 

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Saldana: "Very good."

Cohen then asked the Guardians of the Galaxy actress for a number. "Oh, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being super fabulous?" she replied. "Um, I would say a six? A seven? Eight-ish?"

Written by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Crossroads grossed a total of $61 million worldwide but was received poorly by critics. In addition to Saldana, Spears, and Manning, the flick starred Anson Mount (as the singer's love interest), Kim Cattrall (as her mother), and Dan Aykroyd (as her father). The movie was Spears' only starring role in a feature film, though she has since appeared as a guest star on How I Met Your Mother and Will & Grace.

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