Sam Levinson Addressed Britney Spears’s Hyperlink To “The Idol”
There’s loads of chatter surrounding The Idol proper now, however there’s one factor that the present’s creator, Sam Levinson, is eager to clear up as soon as and for all.

In case you want a reminder, The Idol is an upcoming HBO collection, which can function Sam’s followup to his vastly profitable present, Euphoria.

From what we all know, The Idol stars Lily-Rose Depp as a troubled pop star named Jocelyn, who, after struggling a nervous breakdown, units out on a quest to develop into “the biggest touring act ever.”

In pursuit of an explosive comeback, Jocelyn enters right into a poisonous relationship with a sleazy self-help guru and cult-leader named Tedros — performed by Abel Tesfaye (aka, The Weeknd) — and her world begins to crumble as she turns into “brainwashed” by him.

Ever because the present was first introduced in June 2021, followers have speculated as as to if the story may need taken inspiration from Britney Spears, whose conservatorship was clearly a significant level of debate over the previous few years.

And now, because the present’s premiere date edges nearer, extra comparisons have been drawn between the depiction of Lily-Rose’s Jocelyn, and the true life Pop Princess herself.

What’s fascinating to notice is that Britney’s hyperlinks to the present don’t finish with its pointed commentary on how the trade treats younger pop stars. Actually, Britney has made reference to The Idol on a number of events, which has solely bolstered hypothesis that she is likely to be concerned in a roundabout way.

It’s unclear whether or not Britney was truly referring to the HBO collection. Nevertheless, it’s recognized that The Idol began capturing in LA round this time, earlier than manufacturing was finally placed on pause the next April.

In March 2022, Britney confirmed love for Sam in an extended Instagram caption, saying she’d simply began watching Euphoria and that she thought it was “amazing.”

Two months later, it appeared Britney obtained the prospect to bond with Sam in particular person, sharing a video of herself hanging out with the Euphoria director, in addition to Abel Tesfaye, who can be credited as one of many creators of The Idol.

On the time, Britney’s husband, Sam Asghari, teased within the feedback part that she is likely to be a “new Euphoria character,” whereas Abel confirmed his love by commenting a pink coronary heart emoji.

As hypothesis mounted about what the meetup may imply, it was revealed that it was Britney’s assistant, Victoria “Vicky T” Asher, who deliberate for Britney to spend time with The Idol’s creators.

“So so glad I could make this beautiful moment happen,” Victoria wrote on her Instagram story on the time, noting that she and Sam are longtime buddies. “This was very special to me. Bringing legends I love together.”

On prime of all this, the minds behind the present have additionally performed into the hypothesis by making a direct reference to Britney in the latest teaser trailer, which features a remixed model of her hit 2007 music, “Gimme More.”

In fact, the pointed soundtrack selection definitely didn’t go unnoticed by followers who speculated within the feedback part on YouTube that “the story is very reminiscent to Britney’s origin.”

So, when the primary two episodes of The Idol premiered on the Cannes Movie Pageant on Monday, it was inevitable that Sam and Abel would face questioning over Britney’s involvement and the way she may need impressed the story.

Throughout a press conference on Tuesday, one journalist famous the “haunting” accuracy with which Jocelyn’s exploitation by the “industry machine” is portrayed, prompting them to ask how a lot of the character is impressed by Britney.

In response, Sam started by saying that, as a “kid of the 90s,” he grew up watching Britney’s profession, describing her as “one of the greatest pop stars of all time.”

Regardless of this, he was eager to emphasise that the script isn’t meant to be a retelling of her expertise, saying: “We’re not trying to tell a story about any particular pop star.”

As a substitute, he defined that The Idol hopes to talk to wider points in Hollywood, primarily specializing in the way in which younger stars could be corrupted and exploited by the trade.

“We’re looking more at how the world perceives pop stars and the pressure it puts on that individual,” he mentioned. “It’s a lot of pressure — to have to constantly be on, and to be what everyone wishes you to be. It’s a lonely life.”

He added: “We can all pretend that everyone is looking out for someone’s best interest, but I think fame really corrupts; it’s really easy to surround yourself with myth-makers who continue to prop us up.”

Whereas the script might not be impressed by Britney alone, it has been reported that the pop icon will get a point out within the first episode. However, we’ll have to attend till it premieres on June 4 to search out out extra.