Thursday, 4 April 2019

Inside Jamie Lynn Spears' Impressively Normal Private World

On Jan. 9, Jamie Lynn Spearsremembered a very particular milestone in her life.

It had been exactly 14 years since Zoey 101 premiered on Nickelodeon, earning the network its biggest audience for a series premiere in eight years and becoming an instant hit.

Jamie Lynn was 13, playing a well-heeled kid sent to an ocean-view boarding school at the newly co-ed "Pacific Coast Academy." 

And with that, there were two Spears sisters lighting up Hollywood—albeit one of them not old enough to drive, let alone accompany her big sis to clubs with the likes of Paris Hiltonand Lindsay Lohan.

"I love my little sister and I am overprotective with her, and I don't mind saying that," Britney Spears told Real Access after Jamie Lynn had made her big-screen debut playing a younger version of Britney's character in 2002's Crossroads and became a featured performer on All That.

"My sister is a handful," Britney added. 

"We are so different. It's so funny—actually, she would be a lot better in this business than I am. Like her personality, she is Miss Diva. She is so full of herself, it's so cute."

A little childhood precocity is, of course, not the same as being difficult or demanding, and Jamie Lynn just so happened to have a firm head on her shoulders at an early age.

"She had to be the center of attention," father Jamie Spears said in the 2016 TLC special Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out. "Britney was like her second mother. She agitated everybody to death...She was bad. But it was because she had a mind of her own!"

Recalling how Jamie Lynn's manager had called her about a small part in a movie, Britney said, "And she was like, 'you know, I don't know if I'm ready for this...I don't know if I'm ready for people always asking me for my autograph—I'm just not ready for all this fame thing.'"

So Jamie Lynn was observant, too, apparently already realizing how fame had affected Britney's life. "She's kinda grown up with it," the pop star acknowledged. "She's surrounded by the whole business since she's been a really young girl. If anything I'm going to be trying to get advice from her," Britney added, laughing.

Indeed, Jamie Lynn was only a baby, literally, when her big sister joined The All New Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 11.

"'Oh, Britney's little sister,'" Jamie Lynn said, referring to how people tended to think of her. "I'm trying to change it to Jamie Lynn Spears, you know. So that's why I try to be taken as a serious actress before I ever move on to doing singing."


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