Justin Timberlake has come a looong way. The 36-year-old is married with a child, has his first No. 1 single in a decade (the catchy "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls), he's up for a Grammy and an Oscar and he’s starring in a Woody Allen movie shrouded in secrecy – yet he will forever be associated with boy band super stardom, Britney Spears and the mobs of shrieking teenagers that came along with it. He sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss his past with NSYNC, fatherhood and the exciting future ahead.
As the youngest member of the hugely successful 1990s boy band NSYNC (they outsold the Beatles!) he recalls his youthful antics with bemusement: "I was about 15 or 16 years old. We'd just given a concert in Germany at a festival on this huge field. And we were in the tour bus afterward, driving on a dirt road, and I looked out the window and saw all these young, impressionable females running after the bus."
Now that escaping mobs of crazed fans in a bus and his highly publicized relationship with Britney are distant memories, he is spending more time changing diapers and being inspired by his youngest fan of all, Silas. The 2-year-old is his son with Jessica Biel, and he says, the reason for his current success.
Timberlake says his son was the inspiration for "Can't Stop the Feeling!": "I'd never have written it if it weren't for him." Thanks, Silas!
If it seems like Timberlake has covered all of his bases, he tells THR there’s still room for him to run. On his next album, he says: "It sounds more like where I've come from than any other music I've ever made. It's Memphis. It's Southern American music. But I want to make it sound modern — at least that's the idea right now."