Timberlake rose to fame as the most prominent member of the group 'N Sync
. When the group broke up in 2002, he started a solo career that became very successful, but it took a while before journalists stopped asking questions about getting back together with 'N Sync. Timberlake says it wasn't until his song "SexyBack
" that he was widely accepted as a solo artist.
Despite being a constant presence in the media, he released just two albums in the '00s: Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds. He says he only makes music when inspiration strikes, and refuses to create music on a deadline.
He is a huge hit on Saturday Night Live, where he is a frequent host. He earned Emmy Awards for his work on the show for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series and for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for his song/skits "Dick In A Box" and "Motherlover."
A huge sports fan, he hosted the 2008 ESPY Awards on ESPN, winning yet another Emmy for the song "I Love Sports," which he performed at the event.
He was in the movies Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan and The Social Network. In The Social Network, he played Sean Parker in a coveted role. Working with director David Fincher, Timberlake had to to take after take, but had no problem doing it. He told Fincher, "I'm a linebacker, dude. You tell me to hit somebody, I'll hit 'em a thousand times."
He was a victim on Ashton Kutcher's show Punk'd on the very first episode, where they convinced Timberlake that his house had been repossessed by the IRS. Timberlake believed it and got very scared and a little weepy. He was a good sport about it, and later referred to himself as "The Punk'd Bitch."
He was part of the famous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl, when he ripped off part of Janet Jackson's costume during the halftime show, revealing her right breast on live TV. Jackson took most of the heat, and Timberlake remained mostly silent regarding the incident.
In 2003, Timberlake performed at a SARS benefit concert in Toronto where he did not fit in. On a bill with Rush, AC/DC, The Guess Who and The Rolling Stones, the crowd wasn't buying what he had to offer and they booed him and threw muffins (yes, muffins). After his set, Justin said, "If I came to see AC/DC, I probably wouldn't want to see me, either."
Justin Timberlake never writes down lyrics, coming up with verses, bridges and choruses in the vocal booth when inspiration strikes. He completed Justified without touching a pen or paper.
Justin Timberlake suffers from arachnophobia - a fear of spiders. He also avoids snakes at all costs.