Madonna has never been known for delivering memorable movie performances or impactful power ballads. And that’s OK! Not everyone can be good at everything.
However, she’s made some noble efforts over the years. And not all of them have gotten the attention they deserve.In 2000, the singer appeared alongside Rupert Everett in the film The Next Best Thing playing Abbie, who’s straight, and Robert, who’s gay.
The two BFFs decide to raise a child together only to get caught up in a bitter (and homophobic) custody battle after their friendship falls apart.
Despite opening at #2 at the box office, The Next Best Thing was panned by critics and ultimately failed to earn back its $25 million budget. (Although it did land multiple Golden Raspberry nominations, including Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple.)Everett later said the movie was responsible for killing both his acting career and his friendship with Madonna, who he had been close with prior to filming. “We don’t see each other anymore,” he told The Telegraph‘s Stellar Magazine in 2020. “I do miss it.”Madonna, he noted, is “an amazing person and that part of my life was incredibly exciting.