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    Sat 01 Oct 2016
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    10.20pm - 11.25pm
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    Week 40 2016 : Sat 01 Oct - Fri 07 Oct
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    Fri 30 Sep 2016
- BRITNEY SPEARS speaks to Jonathan in an exclusive TV interview. She speaks about performing in Vegas, dating and her new music. She also plays ‘Never Have I Ever’ with Jonathan and reveals she has farted whilst performing. She also performs.
- EMILY BLUNT & LUKE EVANS speak about meeting for the first time, waxing and their new film, The Girl on The Train
- ALEXANDER SKARSGARD speaks about sneaking into Prince Harry’s tent and has a cheeky kiss with Jonathan
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined for an exclusive UK TV interview, by pop legend, Britney Spears; acting stars, Emily Blunt and Luke Evans and Swedish actor, Alexander Skarsgard.
Pop icon and award winning singer, Britney Spears, joined Jonathan for her only sit down UK TV interview. She spoke about her dating life and performing in Vegas.
Entering the set to huge applause, Britney spoke about her much talked about show in Las Vegas and what it’s like performing there: “I am aware of the partying that’s going on. A lot of the people are very intoxicated during the shows… I actually got contact high. I haven’t smoked weed since I was like 17 years old and all of a sudden, towards the end of the show, it was so strong I couldn’t function because I just got the contact of it. I was like ‘Oh my goodness!’ I had to leave, I had to go. I kinda just said, ‘I can’t do it anymore.’”
Britney said where she stays in Vegas, she is surrounded by parties but is not tempted to go along because there’s a big drug scene: “There’s parties all around. I just don’t go in there, they’re private parties. There’s a lot of drugs involved.”
Speaking about the difference between her performance character and the real Britney, she said: “I have this thing where I’ll go into denial a little bit and I’ll put this hat on and I’m like everybody else. It really usually works because no one pays you any attention. It’s like a disguise. I’ll just take my dog for a walk or I’ll go shopping or I’ll do normal stuff. I’m used to my show, it’s like a character change. I’m a performer so I know how to mentally adjust my head to go there in character. It’s not me, it’s not who I am at all but it’s part of what I do.”
“I’m kinda boring. I love movies. I know it sounds so boring but I’m not this crazy go out girl, that’s not me. I cook. I like a lot of different rices. I like rice, I do, that’s my favourite thing!” she laughed.
Jonathan joked, “I think that’s an exclusive we’ve got out of her right here… It’s going to be headline tomorrow, Britney’s rice addiction, four bags a day, desperate for Uncle Ben,” as Britney laughed.
Single Britney spoke about her love life, dating and whether she was looking for a partner: “It’s a little tricky.  I have a friend at home and he randomly sets me up with people every now and then on dates and it’s just awkward because there’s so many times that you meet people and it’s just too awkward and you just don’t feel right… The dating thing and meeting other people, it’s hard. Tricky. I will say there’s been two dates that have been kind of cool but other than that it’s just too much. I went out with this one guy and he looked like a lizard. I was so scared. As soon as I turned around I was like, ‘Oh My God’... he looks just like a lizard and I had to go, it was really bad.” When Jonathan asked if she just left the date, she nodded and said, “Immediately.” 
On the friend who set her up, she joked: “I was so mad at him, I called him I was very angry. He said, ‘Oh my God he doesn’t look like that in the pictures.’”
On what she would be looking for in a man, she said: “I like someone that’s just nice overall, just a nice guy is really is groundbreaking in this world… A lot of men are about games. It’s just the mind game with guys, the calling back and the texting, it’s just too much, it’s silly… Actually I’m not looking for men right now, I’m really happy with myself. I’m not looking for anything, I’m fine with the way I am.”
Britney also spoke about her sons, aged 10 and 11, and said how one may be following in her musical footsteps: “His father is a DJ and he’s actually going to give his dad a run for his money. He’s very, very good. When I recorded my record, I would bring it home and he would listen and a lot of the songs he was like, ‘Mom this isn’t really good.’ He would tell me straight up… I really do respect his ear because he knows, as the young generation completely knows. At night we have little clubs and parties at the house and he’ll have laser lights going on and he plays, he’s very good.”
And on how she hopes her sons will grow up, she said: “I just want them to be strong men and I want them to have strength and I hope that I give them wisdom and just be a good mother for them.”
And on performing again, she said: “Last night I performed and the audience… they were right there in front of you and it was so much more personal and they weren’t drunk or high, it was so intimate they were so present and there with me so it was really nice.”
Britney - who famously performed at the Video Music Awards with a live snake - explained how she really felt performing with it: “I was on adrenalin so I was really just going through the motions. In rehearsals I broke out in hives everywhere but I was like, we’ll just do it and get it over with, it’ll be fine. When we actually did it, the snake when I came to give it away, it’s head went right in my face and it’s tongue sissed as me. It was insane.” 
Jonathan and Britney played a game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ answering questions from the audience with paddles labelled ‘Oops I did it’ or ‘Oops I didn’t do it’. When asked if she had ever farted whilst performing, she was brutally honest and showed the ‘Oops I did it’ board to much applause from the audience. [Pictures available from Rex]
They also played a variation of Beer Pong - named Spears Pong - where they had to bounce a ball into giant cups. If their opponent got it in, the other would do a forfeit.  One forfeit for Britney was to sing with a helium balloon; her song of choice was Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off.’ Another forfeit of Britney’s was to kiss Alexander Skarsgard which she did. [Pictures available from Rex]
Swedish actor and star of Tarzan and True Blood - Alexander Skarsgard - then joined the sofa and asked Jonathan if he really had a 50-50 chance to be kissed by either Britney or Jonathan. He jokingly asked about a kiss with Jonathan too. The pair puckered up. [Pictures available from Rex].
Jonathan joked, “It’s so rare I get to kiss someone taller than me!” with Alexander replying, “You’re not going to call me are you?”
Speaking about doing an expedition with Prince Harry, Alexander joked that he tried to sneak in the Royal’s tent: “He kind of kicked me out of the tent. We went on this expedition down to the South Pole together… He’s a lovely guy and it was for ‘Walking With the Wounded’, a British charity, so I was invited to do that and it was an incredible experience. It was with 12 soldiers, all injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. We spent a month down there, skied to the South Pole together. A life changing experience and yes we didn’t camp together because I was with the American team and Harry was with the Brits but I tried to sneak into his tent a couple of times and I succeeded but he would always kick me out… I tried everything. I would crawl in late at night when he was asleep,” he laughed.
Emily Blunt and Luke Evans joined the sofa and spoke about meeting and working together on the brand new film thriller, The Girl on The Train.
Speaking about meeting at Cannes, Luke joked that one of the first conversations the pair had was about brazilian waxes: “Don’t ask me how we migrated to that point… How could I forget, I was talking to Emily Blunt about brazilian waxes and I remember going, ‘How do you deal with that pain?’ and she went, ‘You just suck it up.’”
Luke went on to speak about a film he appeared in, Immortals, where the directors wanted him to be waxed: “They decided they wanted us all hairless… They got half way across my chest and I went into anaphylactic shock. I’m clippering it from now on!”
Speaking about acting together in The Girl on The Train, Emily and Luke admitted they both didn’t read the book until they had been offered the parts.
Emily said: “I think because I saw everyone reading it, I was trying to be contrary and say, ‘Well I’m not going to read it if everyone’s reading it.’ I was pushing back against then train and then I got offered the film and then shallowly ran to the bookstore to get a copy.”
Luke added: “I read the script and then quietly one evening I went to a late bookstore and asked ‘Can I get girl on the train?’ with my hood up and [the shop assistant] said, ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking but shouldn’t you have read it before you got offered it today?’ I said, ‘Please don’t tell anybody I haven’t read it!’”
Speaking about her role - which sees her play an alcoholic - Emily said: “I was worried because I think it can potentially look like the drunk uncle act. I  watched a lot of documentaries on alcoholism and addiction then I read books and I have a couple of friends who are recovering so I spoke to them a lot because it is one of the harder things to do, to act drunk. I think that was something I was concerned about.”
Emily was pregnant whilst shooting the film and on some of their more violent scenes together, Luke said: “Emily told me just before I had to throw her around her kitchen! It was going to be a stressful and intense day anyway so we gave eachother a little hug before we did the first take and as she leant in she whispered, ‘I’m four and a half months pregnant.’ No one really knew at that point and so we kept it quiet and managed to get through that day.”
Emily spoke about her husband, John Krasinski and joked that he had a favourite of her films before they even met: “He had rather embarrassingly seen ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ about 72 times… I remember when we first started dating, I was coming home from something and I walked through the door and he quickly changed  the channel because he was watching it again… He knew Anne Hathaway’s favourite outfit and the montage of outfits. [He is a] die hard [fan].”
On her next acting gig which will see her take on the role of Mary Poppins, Emily said she was thankful to get Julie Andrews’ blessing: “[Julie Andrews] is so iconic and the character is so iconic and emblematic of people’s nostalgia in many ways and so I’m frozen with fear and my heart is completely racing with excitement for it. I just heard that she’s given her OK. Could you imagine if she was like ‘Oh God not Emily Blunt!’” And on singing, she joked: “Not like her but I will be attempting to sing.”
Luke Evans spoke about being mistaken for other famous people and recounted an embarrassing tale: “We were in a nightclub, a very nice cool nightclub and everyone was a little bit drunk and merry. I was in this garden area sitting on a sofa like this… from the other side of this garden this guy just stood up and he went [pointing] ‘Rooney! Rooney!’ and I was like ‘Wayne Rooney is here?’ He was looking at me. This was about 12,15 years ago… Now I never wear football kits.” 
Please note the above is all taken from the recording of The Jonathan Ross Show and is subject to the show edit.