'Crossroads' by Britney Spears: How the Singer Convinced Tamra Davis to Direct
Britney Spears' teen cult classic Crossroads didn't have a director attached to it at first.
Then Tamra Davis came across her.
Britney's performance impressed the former music video director so much that she decided to direct the 2002 drama.
Tamra Davis had no intention of becoming the director of Britney Spears' Crossroads.
Davis, the wife of Mike D of The Beastie Boys and a well-known music video director, had plenty of experience.
In 2001, however, she was already in talks to direct another film.
Davis said in the MTV docuseries Making the Movie, "I was brought the project by Ann Carli, the producer, who is a very good friend of mine."
"I could tell she was thinking of it as a vehicle project for Britney."
Davis, on the other hand, was unsure.
"I was in the middle of negotiating for another film when Ann said, 'Will you just go meet her before you say no?'" Davis recalled.
"And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to meet Britney Spears,' because who in their right mind wouldn't want to meet her?"
When Davis met the world-famous pop star, she was pleasantly surprised, she said.
"She was exactly â I don't want to say the polar opposite of the person I thought she could be," Davis said in the 2002 documentary. "I just thought she was the coolest girl, and totally loved her."
"I thought she was a really smart 19-year-old girl," she continued, "and she was funny, nice, and she was like a real person."
"She didn't seem to take herself too seriously and appeared to be a lot of fun to work with."
Davis also claimed in a later interview that Spears had a 'girlfriend' vibe.
It was perfect for Britney Spears' Crossroads.
Davis told Broadly for a 2016 retrospective, "I knocked on her hotel room door, and she opened it, and she was wearing, like, a little pink T-shirt and little shorts, and she was just hilarious."
"She opened the door and said, 'Man, I was hammered last night!' I was like, 'What! You're Britney Spears, and you were hammered last night?'
Davis went on to say that Spears had leadership qualities from a young age.
She told Broadly, "I realized she was this very sweet Southern girl with incredible manners, but she was running the entire thing."
During a Las Vegas event, she saw Britney at work.
"I loved watching her [be] in the middle of this circle, and there wasn't a guy in there telling her what to do; she was in charge of everything."
After her tumultuous conservatorship ends in November 2021, Spears will be able to take command once more.
Davis, on the other hand, took the job as director of Britney Spears' Crossroads.
Davis claims that fans continue to approach her about the film. "I still have people come up to me all the time and say what an incredible movie it was," she said.
"How much it meant to them and how much of an impact it had on them at the time"