In October 2016, Sam Asghari received a phone call in the middle of the night about a job. Because it was for a Britney Spears video, he was excited about the opportunity, but he didn't know where it would lead. Asghari recently talked to Men's Health about the first time they met, including his attempt at an icebreaker.
When Asghari received that fateful phone call, he had just finished working on Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home" music video. He explained that he woke to two voicemails from his agent. He was frantic to find a lead for Britney Spears' new video, "Slumber Party." Leads for music videos are typically cast months before the shooting. Asghari commented that, "It went through so much to get to me. I don't know if it's some sort of a blessing or just meant to be." Whatever it was, he accepted the job and was on the California set two days later.
Understandably nervous about meeting someone he describes as "one of the biggest artists of all time," he made an attempt to break the ice when he met Spears. He described their encounter.
"She said, 'Hi, I'm Britney,' and I said, 'I'm sorry. What's your name again?' I tried to be funny. I don't think anybody got it."