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Though she's best known for her pop career, the "Everytime" singer also has a background in gymnastics and dance. 

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She honed her skills from an early age, performing in local talent competitions and recitals. 

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She went on to win her first talent show when she was 6.  

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I found out what I'm supposed to do at an early age," she told the publication.  

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She was 8 years old at her first audition, so the casting directors told her to continue studying acting, singing, and dancing. 

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She eventually made her triumphant return to the teen variety show in 1993. 

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The two formed a close friendship in later years, even co-hosting a New Year's Eve party in 2002. 

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And in 2013, Spears told a fan on Twitter that she'd want Portman to play her in the movie version of her life.