It’s an unforgiving, blustery world out there in the sunny landscape of children’s programming. Which is why a little celebrity cachet goes long, long way when it comes to making certain shows endure—like that one time Destiny’s Child sashayed through Sesame Street, leaving more humble shows without such gimmicks to perish. Lately, Victoria Beckham becomes the latest in a glitzy retinue of Tinseltown fixtures to record notable bit parts for SpongeBob SquarePants. Also on the roster are David Bowie (who exhibits similarly Spongebobian gender-flexibility), Johnny Depp, and Scarlett Johansson.
For Beckham, the x-factor for this particular role wasn’t the strong-arming of a hungry agent, but rather that of Cruz, the youngest of the Beckham brood. Adds an insider, “Scriptwriters created the role of a posh British princess especially for her and were blown away by what a natural she was. Victoria enjoyed every minute and is keen to do more. Network bosses have been in touch since, offering more work—she really does have her pick of projects.”
But rest easy. This foray into voice-over isn’t meant to signify a new career pursuit. But those unconvinced of the not-singer’s not-acting prowess need consult her reel, which not only consists of foiling Vanessa Williams on Ugly Betty and spouting general bitchiness in Spice World, but also the biggest, quasi-Borat acting feat of her life. You know, the one where she punked all of us into thinking that she could carry a tune, then rode our ignorance all the way to the bank. Well played, Posh, well played.