Twelve years ago, Zoey 101 star Jamie Lynn Spears was on track to becoming a multiple Oscar and Emmy-winning (or, at least a People’s Choice Award-winning) actress before her scandalous teen pregnancy put those plans on ice. But it looks like our prayers have been answered, because she’s back in the acting game! She’s co-starring on the new Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias. Nope, not STEEL Magnolias. SWEET Magnolias, based on a romantic book series that also happens to be about small-town Southern women (*cough* rip off *cough* #justice4m’lynn *cough*).
While promoting the series, 29-year-old Jamie Lynn was asked about older sister Britney Spears’ career. She says that even though 38-year-old Brit isn’t making any new music, rumors of her retirement are greatly exaggerated.
Does she have plans for more music in the near future?
I don’t really think so. I mean, right now, she’s quarantining in L.A. But, in general, she’s kind of just relaxing. And I think that’s good. Britney deserves that. She’s worked her ass off. So if she wants to make another album, great. But if she doesn’t feel like it, she doesn’t have to. She’s given the world a lot. I don’t think there are plans for anything — at the moment.
So, she’s not retiring?
No, no, no. Obviously, right now, she’s just trying to quarantine. She’s taking it day by day. And when she wants to make music, she’ll make it. I don’t’ think you can ever retire someone from their passion.
See, everybody? Nothing to worry about. Yes, it’s been four years since Glory, Britney’s last album. But doesn’t everyone deserve a little time off? Especially when you’re dealing with conservatorship/candle drama and family planning with hot 26-year-old piece, Sam Asghari.
The Hollywood Reporter also asked about Jamie Lynn about the 20th anniversary of Britney’s second album, Oops, I Did It Again:
Oops! is when Britney’s fame went from household name to absolute superstardom, in my opinion as a young girl observing it all. That’s when things around me started to change. She had to have security everywhere, hotels were a little nicer, and we got to fly in the nice part of the plane. I remember thinking, even at 9 years old, “This can’t be our reality.”
Jamie Lynn later referred to her sister as a “living legend” and THR asked if Britney sees herself that way:
No, not at all. She just doesn’t. She waves me off and is just like, “Whatever, whatever, whatever.” But I still try to explain that to her. People always ask me, “Is there a lot of pressure being related to Britney, someone who is an icon?” And the answer is no, not really. If anything, it’s an honor to be the sibling of someone who worked very hard and created a dream and a legacy that will last forever.
And what about that Zoey 101 reboot we heard about last year? Well, Jamie Lynn says it’s still in the “baby stages”, but, like Hilary Duff re: Lizzie McGuire, she wants the reboot to “be more mature”.
Huh. It’s almost like all these reboots are completely unnecessary, and maybe kids TV from the early-aughts doesn’t translate to adult life in 2020. But what does my dumb ass know? I’m just their target demographic.