Justin Timberlake's Best Moments
Justin Timberlake's Best Moments
Born in Memphis on Jan. 31, 1981, renaissance man Justin Timberlake truly just gets better with age. From his teeny bopper days to his first weeks of fatherhood, see Timberlake's best moments, ahead.
The time he was a Mouseketeer with Ryan Gosling
In the early 1990s, a young Timberlake joined the Mickey Mouse Club and became friends with a fellow Mouseketeer by the name of Ryan Gosling. The two future hunks spent tons of time together, as Timberlake explained to Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show in 2011, "Funny enough, [Gosling's] mother had to keep her job in Canada the second year that we were on the television show and my mom was his guardian for like six months. We actually lived together when we were that age. So we were probably a little closer that the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom."
When he was in sync with *NSYNC
There's only one way to top a stint with MMC, and that's as the resident hunk in a boy band. Teaming up with Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Lance Bass, Timberlake debuted "I Want You Back" in the late '90s. The rest is pop history.
When he debuted this iconic look with Britney Spears
Timberlake stepped out with his then-girlfriend Britney Spears at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in January 2001, and rocked a getup almost as famous as the relationship itself. In a now-infamous sartorial moment, the two wore matching all-denim outfits, complete with a jean purse on Spears and a questionable denim cowboy hat on Timberlake.
That time he went solo
While it signaled the tragic end of *NSYNC, Timberlake's solo career was its own kind of blessing. In a move that would make Adele proud, the singer took inspiration from his split with Spears for the 2002 debut studio album Justified, even going so far as to recruit a Britney lookalike for the music video to the hit single "Cry Me a River."
That time he cried over his dogs
Back when Ashton Kutcher was the rabble-rousing host of Punk'd, he brought Timberlake into the pranks for a 2003 episode of the show. With help from some actors impersonating FBI agents, the That '70s Show star convinced Timberlake that he owed nearly $1 million in back taxes and all of his valuables were being confiscated as a result. The seized items included Timberlake's dogs, making the pop star tear up at the news. Being the charmer that he is, he took it in stride when Kutcher revealed that the incident was all a joke.
When he redefined the Christmas present
One of the few Saturday Night Live hosts who nearly outdoes the cast members, Timberlake teamed up with The Lonely Island for a 2006 episode of the sketch show. Crooning alongside Andy Samberg, Timberlake offered up his "Dick in a Box," wearing a wrapped present on his body for what would become one of the most famous bits in SNL history.
When a million dollars wasn’t cool
After appearing in 2006's Alpha Dog, Timberlake was a part of an Oscar-winning project with the 2010 debut of The Social Network. The singer made a celebrated turn as Napster founder Sean Parker, and captivated viewers with his diatribe on Victoria's Secret and his uttering of the quotable line, "A million dollars isn't cool, you know what's cool?... A billion dollars."
That time he taught us the history of rap
There are few greater combinations than Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. The frequent collaborators debuted a bit on the history of rap music for the first time in 2010, taking Tonight Show viewers from "Rapper's Delight" to "Empire State of Mind." Because once is never enough, they've done the sketch five more times in the years since, mixing it up with dance move evolution performances and sit-down chats.
When he brought it on down to wrappinville
After hosting SNL five times, Timberlake appeared on a 2013 episode as a musical guest, alongside his pal, host Fallon. He could hardly sing on the show without getting in on the fun, so he slipped into an oversized costume to act as a mascot for a wrapping store — just one of many bits the star has made famous.
When he brought his mom to the Oscars
Timberlake presented at the 2011 Oscars with his Friends With Benefits costar Mila Kunis, and decided to bring his mother as his date for the star-studded ceremony. He walked the red carpet outside of Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre with his mom Lynn on his arm, calling her "gorgeous" in interviews with reporters before the show.
When he thanked Jessica Biel
Timberlake had a big moment in 2015, when he was inducted into the Memphis Musical Hall of Fame in his hometown. Getting emotional at the honor, he took the chance to thank his wife Jessica Biel for her support. He teared up as he said, "Baby, I love you more than I could put into words and more than any song I could ever write."
That time he flexed on Father’s Day
After nearly three years of marriage, Timberlake and Biel welcomed their first child together in April 2015. The pop star celebrated his first Father's Day a few months later, posting a photo with his young son Silas and captioning the shot, "FLEXIN' on Fathers Day... #HappyFathersDay to ALL of the Dads out there from the newest member of the Daddy Fraternity!!"