The pop star entered the project at the last minute and flew to South Africa to shoot scenes with Jeff Bridges. She explains that she was excited to be a part of such an important project.
She told WENN, "It was unbelievable to even think I would have the opportunity to work with Jeff. It's just an unbelievable concept that I would get to do this. It's sort of this dream scenario where I get to have a very small role that has a pivotal part of the story but isn't jumping into too deep water.
"It was a story that stuck with me through my childhood and the book is by an author that I respect. It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important are history, music, art, intellect and our memories. That really had a great deal to do with why I had to be a part of this.
"So many of my fans write to me on Instagram and Twitter saying that they're having such a tough time with life because they can't imagine that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity. And the thing that I wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant; it's something we only experience once in a while but it's worth it. And I that's what in particular drew me to this movie."
"The Giver" opens in theaters on Aug. 15. The film takes place in a seemingly utopian future without crime, sickness or racism. When 12-year-old Jonas is selected to become the Receiver of Memories, he learns that those before him may have given up their humanity to live in such a "perfect" world.