Sam Levinson addressed Britney Spears’ link to “The Idol.”
There’s a lot of chatter around The Idol now, but there’s one thing show creator Sam Levinson wants to clear up once and for all.
If you need a reminder, The Idol an upcoming HBO series that will serve as a follow-up to Sam’s hit show, Euphoria.
From what we know, The Idol Lily-Rose Depp stars as Jocelyn, a troubled pop star who, after suffering a nervous breakdown, sets out to become “the biggest touring act ever.”
In the wake of her explosive comeback, Jocelyn enters a toxic relationship with a sleazy self-help guru and cult leader named Tedros – played by Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) – and her world begins to crumble as she becomes “brainwashed”. him.
Since the show was first announced in June 2021, fans have speculated whether the story was inspired by Britney Spears, who nature conservation has obviously been a major topic of debate over the past few years.
And now, as the show’s premiere date nears, more and more comparisons are being drawn between Lily-Rose’s portrayal of Jocelyn and the real-life pop princess herself.
It’s interesting to note that Britney’s links to the show don’t end with a pointed commentary on how the industry treats young pop stars. Britney actually referenced it The Idol several times, which only strengthened the assumptions that he might be involved in some way.
It’s unclear if Britney was actually referring to the HBO series. However, it is common knowledge The Idol started shooting In Los Angeles around this time, before production ended takes a break the following April.
In March 2022, Britney showed her love for Sam for a long time Instagram caption saying he just started watching Euphoria and thought it was “amazing”.
Two months later, Britney seemed to get a chance to connect with Sam in person, sharing a video of herself to hang out with Euphoria directorand Abel Tesfaye, who is also considered one of its creators The Idol.
At the time, Britney’s husband Sam Asghari teased her in the comments section saying that she might be “new Euphoria character”, while Abel commented on his love with a red heart emoji.
As speculation grew about what the reunion might mean, it was revealed that it was Britney’s assistant Victoria “Vicky T” Asher who Designed for Britney spend time The Idolcreative.
“I’m so glad I was able to make this beautiful moment happen,” Victoria wrote on her Instagram story at the time, noting that she and Sam have been friends for a long time. “It was very special to me. Bringing together the legends I love.”
On top of all that, the minds behind the show have also played into the speculation, as recent articles have directly referenced Britney. teaser trailerwhich features a remixed version of his 2007 hit ‘Gimme More’.
Of course, the keen choice of soundtracks certainly did not go unnoticed by those fans who a in the comments section on YouTube that “the story is very reminiscent of Britney’s origins”.
So when the first two episodes The Idol As the show premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, it was inevitable that Sam and Abel would question Britney’s involvement and how she might have inspired the tale.
under the news conference on Tuesday, one journalist noted the “uncanny” accuracy with which she portrays Jocelyn’s exploitation by “industrial machinery,” prompting them to question how much Britney inspired the character.
In response, Sam began by saying that as a “90s kid” he grew up watching Britney’s career, describing her as “one of the biggest pop stars of all time.”
Still, he was keen to stress that the script wasn’t meant to retell his experiences, saying: “We’re not trying to tell a story about a particular pop star.”
This is what he explained instead The Idol hopes to talk about broader issues in Hollywood, focusing primarily on how young stars can be corrupted and exploited by the industry.
“Rather, we’re looking at how the world perceives pop stars and the pressures it puts on the individual,” he said. “There’s a lot of pressure – you have to be active all the time and be what everyone wants you to be. It’s a lonely life.”
He added: “We can all pretend that everyone is looking out for someone else’s best interests, but I think fame really does corrupt; it’s very easy to surround yourself with myth-makers who continue to support us.”
While the script wasn’t solely inspired by Britney, the pop icon is reportedly getting a mention in the first episode. But we’ll have to wait until the June 4 premiere to find out more.