Davis was initially reluctant to work on the film, but it was Britney who changed her mind. Davis remembers their first meeting, in Vegas: "I knocked on her hotel room door, and she opened it up, and she was wearing, like, a little pink T-shirt and little shorts, and she was just hilarious. She opened the door and she was like, 'Man, I was hammered last night!' I was like, 'What! You're Britney Spears, and you were hammered last night?' She was, like, the funniest, really good girlfriend-y type of girl."But Davis was impressed with more than Britney's humor: "I realized she was this very sweet Southern girl with incredible manners, but she was running the whole thing," she tells me as she remembers watching Britney work a Vegas event. "I loved watching her [be] in the center of this circle, and there wasn't a guy in there telling her what to do. She was in command of the whole thing."
It wasn't that it was important to show people from diverse backgrounds—it just felt like the movie should look normal.
Although Britney's contract called for expensive trailers and personal trainers (to set a precedent for future films), Carli recalls her team being very understanding of Crossroads's small-budget constraints. Britney had only two requests while on set: tuna Lunchables and edamame. She had production pick her up a half an hour early each day so she could go to Starbucks and get coffee. When Carli offered to have the coffee waiting for her on set when she arrived, Britney declined. "She said, 'I don't mind. I actually like going in and getting to decide.'"
I loved watching her [be] in the center of this circle, and there wasn't a guy in there telling her what to do. She was in command of the whole thing.
I have the book. All she was writing was 'Britney and Justin,' all these little curlicues. It was like looking at a teenage girl's musings—hearts and butterflies and Justin's name.