Exclusive: Natalia Barulich Talks Being Whipped By Britney In 'Work Bitch'
What on earth is it like to be dominated by THE Miss Britney Spears? Naturally, one can only assume it would be absolutely delightful, but to be sure, I turned to an expert on the subject — the lovely Natalia Barulich, who was cast as the "whippee" in Britney's "Work Bitch" video. The model/actress was extremely candid in her answers, and it's safe to say she's a major Britney stan, too.
Was this your first time working with Britney Spears?
Natalia: Yes! This was my first time, and I was so unbelievably excited because I have been a huge fan of Britney ever since her first album. Her career has always been a big inspiration to me as I am a singer/performer myself.
How exciting! What was the audition process like for the "Work Bitch" video?
The audition was definitely interesting. The casting director had us come in wearing lingerie and play out two different scenes. In the first scene, we were playing very upscale model types who swoon over Britney. The second was the part I booked, crawling on all fours and being whipped by Britney seductively. Guess I did that well!
Shooting as one of the lead models in Britney's new video today! Should be an interesting shoot,
I can't take pics on set so we'll just have to see how it comes out #britneybitch -@xomissnatalia
What was your initial reaction when you got the gig?
I was ecstatic, because if there's anyone I've ever wanted to do a video for it's definitely Ms. Spears! Hundreds of gorgeous girls auditioned, and I'm very grateful to have been chosen. I've shot a lot of big campaigns and commercials, but it's definitely a highlight to be a part of the biggest female pop star's new video. I also absolutely love director Ben Mor's work, so I was really excited to be working with him as well.
Did Ben Mor give you any details about the overall video concept or storyline?
I discussed the concept behind the scene I was in with Ben in detail, however, the rest of the video was still a mystery. It was all kept under wraps. It was a wonderful surprise and so exciting to see it all come together in the final cut, and I love how it turned out!
The Britney Army loves it, too! Can you walk me through each of your scenes in the video?
For my scene with Britney, I was dressed in an incredibly sexy black lingerie set. There were about seven pieces to it in total. Even as a working model it was certainly an interesting experience being dressed by six people at once while having hair and makeup done at the same time. I can only imagine what it feels like for Britney to go through this daily!
What feedback/advice did Ben Mor give you while shooting?
The direction Ben gave me was to really revel in being dominated by Britney and convey a sexy, sultry attitude in the scene. That must've come through as we got it in the first take!
Being dominated by Britney — soo lucky! Which scene was your favorite and why?
My favorite scenes were Britney's dance sequences. She's always been an incredible performer, and it was amazing to see how her energy came through in the video.
Well, not everyone can say they've got whipped by The @britneyspears had so much fun shooting her video!! Premieres TONIGHT on the CW! #workbitch #ithurtbutilikedit -@xomissnatalia
In five words, how was it being dominated, whipped and controlled by THE Britney Spears?
I'll need six words to answer that — Hit Me Baby One More Time.
Nice answer! So, overall, what was it like working with Britney?
She is so sweet. She was very welcoming and made me feel so comfortable on set. To be honest, I was a little nervous as she is quite striking in person and such an icon, but she couldn't have been more lovely, and it was a wonderful experience to work with her and the rest of the team.
How long have you been a Britney fan, and what do you love most about her?
Since I was 6 years old. I used to buy all her CDs and sing/dance to them. I never dreamed that one day I'd be working alongside her... or more specifically, under her! She is the queen of pop. No denying it. She's a total entertainer and has so much talent.
What's your favorite Britney song?
It's difficult to choose just one, but I'd have to say 'Toxic.'
Favorite Britney video?
'I'm a Slave 4 U.' It's so incredibly sexy, although I think I might have a new favorite now!
Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?
I recently worked on a series of T-shirts with clothing brand Kid Dangerous with my image on them. They are incredibly sexy and are currently being sold in Nordstrom's around the country and can also be found on their website. In addition to that, I just shot a campaign for Verizon Wireless which will be coming out in stores shortly. I'm also working on a very exciting feature film project, which I'm not able to discuss at the moment, but it will be my first leading role, so stay tuned!
Photo by Arturo Torres MUA/H Rachel Renae #lingerie #sf #test -@xomissnatalia
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