Credit: Vera Steimberg on Twitter Photo: Zoe Saldana

Why can't a compliment just remain a compliment? Why do people have to keep talking until their commendation takes a less-than-flattering turn?

Star Trek beauty Zoe Saldana is a recent offender in this phenomenon of backhanded compliments, having talked to Allure about her Crossroads co-star, one Ms. Britney Spears.

Don't tell us you haven't heard of Crossroads! The 2002 film — in which Brit and Zoe play roadtripping friends — marked the first major big-screen break for the pop singer. (You get bonus points if you know that it was written by future Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.)

"After I worked with her, I realized there was a reason why she was the most popular pop artist over so many other pop artists at that time."

And that's when Zoe's dig at Britney occurs. We don't want to spoil it for you, so you'll have to check out the video to hear the rest of the sweet-and-sour comment.

Source: Allure via Hollyscoop 

Credit: Hollyscoop Photo: Zoe Saldana Gives Britney Spears a Backhanded Compliment (VIDEO)