The 25-year-old American-Iranian actor and fitness trainer says it was the pop star who made the first move.
Sam Asghari -- Britney Spears' music video costar-turned-boyfriend -- is opening up for the first time on camera about his relationship with the most recognizable pop star of the 2000s.
What started out as his second-ever music video gig for Spears' 2016 "Slumber Party" (his first was Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home") quickly turned into the singer's longest and most stable relationship since Justin Timberlake.
"So actually, that wasn't my first music video. That was my second. First one was 'Work from Home' from Fifth Harmony," the 25-year-old American-Iranian actor and fitness trainer told Entertainment Tonight. "So it was fun. You know, I got a lot of attention from Fifth Harmony, so I knew what I was stepping into. I said, 'Fifth Harmony was just coming out as a little group, and then now, Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop, is calling me wanting me to play the love interest of the movie.' I said, 'Why not? Let me give it a shot.'"
Asghari explained that it was Spears, in a way, who made the first move -- as she handpicked him to be her costar in the steamy visual.
"I did not have to audition," he said. "It was a direct book. A good friend of mine was working on the music video at the time. They told the casting director, 'You should cast this guy,' and then they sent my pictures to my [future] girlfriend, and she picked it! She said, 'I want this guy.' And so that's how it was."
Five months later, Spears reached out again. This time, it wasn't business related; she wanted to go on a proper date.
"At the music video [shoot], we connected, we talked," Asghari recalled. "Like she said before, we talked on the music video. We talked about, 'What do you like to eat? Sushi,' here and there. And then text messages, and the next thing you know, a date. Just like a normal couple."
On New Year's Day 2017, Spears made her romance with Asghari Instagram official. The couple just recently made their red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
The rest of Asghari's sit-down with ET will air Monday, September 9.