‘Sweet Magnolias’ Star Jamie Lynn Spears Says Her Role ‘Didn’t Feel Like Acting’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jamie Lynn Spears at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

It’s been greater than a decade since Jamie Lynn Spears has appeared on TV, however her return to the small display screen felt completely pure. The 29-year-old actress and singer is at the moment showing in Netflix’s new collection Sweet Magnolias.

She performs Noreen Fitzgibbons, a younger lady whose sudden being pregnant stirs up a number of gossip in her small southern city. As she she defined in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, her personal expertise with teen being pregnant knowledgeable her portrayal of Noreen. 

Jamie Lynn Spears left Hollywood in 2007

Jamie Lynn Spears at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
Jamie Lynn Spears on the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2006 | Jesse Grant/WireImage

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In 2007, the then-16-year-old Spears — the youthful sister of singer Britney Spears — was a rising teen star with a starring function on the Nickelodeon present Zoey 101. Then she acquired pregnant. Her sitcom was canceled and he or she left Hollywood for her dwelling state of Louisiana, the place she deliberate to boost her child. 

She gave delivery to daughter Maddie in 2008. Though she and Maddie’s father Casey Aldridge finally break up, she later discovered love with Jamie Watson, whom she married in 2014. The two have a daughter, Ivey Joan, who was born in 2018. 

Though Spears stepped away from appearing to boost her youngsters, she continued to pursue a profession in music. Then, the chance to play Noreen arrived, and he or she jumped on the probability to get again to doing what she liked. 

“I was working on my music for a while, and then I focused on my family for a bit. With acting, I was just waiting for a project that made sense,” she informed the Hollywood Reporter. 

Spears stated she associated to her ‘Sweet Magnolias’ character  

Jamie Lynn Spears and Chris Klein in Sweet MagnoliasJamie Lynn Spears and Chris Klein in Sweet Magnolias
Sweet Magnolias | Netflix

Spears shared that she pertains to her Sweet Magnolias character, who’s a younger nurse who will get pregnant as a result of an affair with a married physician (performed by Chris Klein). 

“It didn’t even feel like acting,” she stated. “Although it was nerve-racking to get back in front of the camera, this felt very natural for me. I remember being 16 years old, being pregnant in a small town.”

She says that like Noreen, she was an adolescent who made some “adult decisions” after which needed to stay with the implications. 

“For this part, I really just drew from the experience of being a young girl who was trying to do what was best for her and her child,” she added. “I was under a microscope, and in Noreen’s case, she has the whole town of Serenity watching her. So there are definitely parallels there.”

Noreen is greater than the ‘other woman,’ in response to Spears

The core characters in Sweet Magnolias are three buddies, Maddie (Joanna Garcia Swisher), Helen (Heather Headley), and Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott). The man Noreen has an affair with is Maddie’s physician husband Bill. Given that arrange, it could be straightforward to easily see her as the opposite lady, however Spears felt there was extra to her than that. 

“On the surface, she’s ‘the other woman.’ And I could have played that stereotype easily, just being the young nurse who sleeps with the doctor,” she stated. “But I really knew she had a story to her, and that was important for me, especially coming from a background where I’ve been misunderstood a lot. For years, people have assumed they know who I am just by reading a headline. With Noreen, I wanted to show that the worst-case scenario is sometimes not what you would think it is at all.”

Sweet Magnolias is at the moment streaming on Netflix. 

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