The Britney Spears Moment That 'Melted Down' Miley Cyrus

'Worlds colliding beyond what I could have ever dreamed of'

June 24, 2020

Surely, when you finally found that sweet spot in your musical taste as a kid, there was no chance anyone could sway you. But being young and impressionable has its merits, too.

Pop queen Miley Cyrus plays the dark role of a pop star being restricted by those who are supposedly there to help her in the Netflix series Black Mirror. In Variety’s most recent The Big Ticket podcast, the 27-year-old singer and actor spoke about the deep connection she felt with her Black Mirror character, Ashley O, not only as a pop star, but also as a fan on the opposite end.

When asked who some of her own "Ashleys" were when she was growing up, she admitted, "I had the most weird hodgepodge of Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Metallica and Hilary [Duff.] I had Joan Jett and Pat Benatar."

But it was Britney Spears mashing up the genres of Pop and Rock that sent the future star's head spinning. "You should’ve seen my face when Britney covered 'I Love Rock ’n’ Roll' in 'Crossroads.' I melted down. That scene was the father, the son and the Holy Spirit all in one room. I actually lost my mind."

"That was worlds colliding beyond what I could have ever dreamed of."

Cyrus also found parallels in real life as her character Ashley O awakes from a medication-induced coma.

“It’s totally traumatic,” she admits. “That was the day that I had lost my house in Malibu to the fires,” Miley relates how she was able to use personal trauma to literally bring her character to life while on set for the series.

“I was able to pull from that trauma and use that in the scene. There were times that I had to stop and just go outside and totally melt down. It was just a really interesting time for me because so much was falling apart in my personal life, and it was the same thing that was happening in Ashley’s life... It gave me a lot to use.”

Cyrus also discussed her newfound sobriety, revealing that undergoing vocal surgery, delving into her family’s history, and going to therapy have helped her stay clear-headed.

“I’ve been sober sober for the past six months,” she says. “...I did a lot of family history, which has a lot of addiction and mental health challenges. So just going through that and asking, 'Why am I the way that I am?'"

“By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly. I think therapy is great,” she adds.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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