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Melissa Joan Hart is Thinking About Taking Britney Spears to Her First Club

Melissa Joan Hart says that afterwards, taking Britney Spears Going to her very first club wasn’t the best way to be the pop icon’s sister and role model.

The 48-year-old actress recently sat down for a retrospective with ET and discussed her decades-long career and her most famous projects – including Clarissa explains everything And Sabrina, the teenage witch — and her friendship with Spears, 42, which began when she appeared alongside her in the music video for “You Drive Me (Crazy).”

“Britney and I were able to do a lot of press work together. And we had a lot of fun together during that time,” Hart said, looking back at clips and photos of himself and the singer from 1999 and beyond. For the actress – who is six years older than Spears – she felt a sisterly bond with the then-teenager.

“I saw that she was only surrounded by people and could never free herself. And I was like, ‘Hey, do you want to come?'” Hart recounted how he got the GRAMMY winner to break out of her shell and go to a nightclub with her friends. “I went to a club every night – I loved dancing and I loved going out, but I also knew I had to be responsible and when to stop.”

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The “Womanizer” singer was 17 when the song and the wildly popular music video in which Hart appeared were released. The title came from Spears’ debut album, darling, once again, which came out just a few months before her 18th birthday.

The video – which has more than 206 million views on Spears’ YouTube channel – can also be seen The devil Wears Prada Actor and heartthrob of the late 90s Adrian Grenierand follows Spears and Hart as they dress up with friends before partying and dancing in a warehouse-like setting. The song and music video accompanied Hart and Grenier’s film. Drive me crazywhich came out around the same time as Spears’ album.

Hart says that even though she was young and didn’t know any better at the time, she still thinks about it “to this day” because hindsight is 20/20. The singer of “Oops! wrote about drinking with her mother from a young age in her 2023 memoir, The woman in me.

“She was underage and young and – but me [was] just like, ‘Let’s go out.’ ‘We’ll just go out and have fun.’ And yeah – and I still feel really guilty about that to this day because I should have known better, being a big sister,” Hart said to ET.

As fans know, less than a decade after she first hit the club with Hart, Spears found herself in a difficult situation highly controversial conservatory with her father, Jamie Spears, who took over “temporarily” as she was reportedly struggling with mental health issues. A Los Angeles court later made the conservatory permanentgiving 71-year-old Jamie and another co-conservator power over her finances and medical decisions.

In November 2021, after 13 years and a passionate #FreeBritney movement, a judge ended his conservatory activitieswhich gives Spears the freedom to control her career, her finances and her big life decisions, including the possibility of getting married or having a baby – which she does testified in September 2021 that she had not been allowed to do so while under the conservatory.

Hart tells ET that she hasn’t maintained consistent contact with the singer and Crossing star, but that she was actually able to see her while Spears was performing at her Las Vegas residency, Britney: A piece of me.

“I saw her a few years ago when she was doing her residency in Las Vegas, but she was doing her show, so it was, you know, a quick hello backstage and that was it,” Hart told ET of their recent encounter .

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For the Melissa & Joey star, but Britney’s struggles and life story influenced her forever, she says, including the decision to sign on for her new Lifetime movie. The evil guardian. In the upcoming film, Hart plays Leigh, a woman desperate to free her father from a dangerous guardianship situation.

“When Leigh’s (Hart) father Jason (Eric Pierpoint) suffers a fall while she is out of town, the courts assign Jason a guardian, Janet (La La Anthony). At first Janet seems to be a great help to Jason, but that quickly changes.” Janet is legally responsible for every aspect of Jason’s life and wastes no time putting him in a nursing home, auctioning off his house and all worldly possessions, and the Excuse to use what the proceeds are needed for his care,” a Description because the film is called.

Hart says she was inspired to tell the important story in part by Spears Wendy Williams – who is currently under guardianship – and to keep the dialogue around the difficult topic going.

“It’s kind of a lot of different stories. “It’s not the story of one person, but this is happening all over the country where people are losing family members to guardianships, to these permanent guardianships that judges put in place to protect the person, usually seniors,” she shared.

“I mean, we know that as Britney or Wendy Williams we have guardianships that cause conflict. But in many cases, it is families who lose an older family member,” she continued, emphasizing how difficult and costly the situations can be in real life.

Hart continued, sharing that while some guardianships are necessary and beneficial to a needy person, there is also a lot of duplicity in this business. In 2021, Rosamund Pike played the role of a conscientious but malevolent court-appointed guardian in a Netflix film It is very important to mewhat it deserved Salt burn Actress a Golden Globe.

“As soon as the doctors and judges decide that this person needs help, a guardian is appointed, and often it is not a family member. It’s a $2.9 billion business,” Hart said. “And while most of them are legitimate guardianships, dealing with people who need guardianship, there is a lot of corruption. That’s why we’re kind of highlighting the corruption in this film.”

She told ET, “I’m really proud of it. I think it’s a compelling film and I’m really glad we were able to release the story.”

The evil guardian Premieres on Lifetime May 18.

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