Justin Timberlake ‘acts’ through his music: ‘It’s an elevated idea’

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake covers the the Fall 2013 issue of the New York Times’ T magazine. What a strange cover. He looks like some bizarre hybrid of contemporary Brad Pitt and early 1990s George Michael. That’s just too funky for me. The entirety of the photoshoot is made up of Justin either not looking at the camera or hiding part of his face. You know, like it hurts to look at things (credit to Angela Chase).

Justin Timberlake

I don’t know why Justin is posing in such an elusive manner in this shoot. I’m sure it’s something artistic that I wouldn’t understand, so let’s move onto the interview. T Mag seems particularly enthused about Justin’s stature as an enduring entertainer. I was also impressed at the finesse with which he accepted his MTV Video Vanguard award late last month.

At age 32, Justin has already spent two decades in the entertainment industry. He began at age 11 on the Mickey Mouse Club, and he’s still going. Not that he’s going particularly well, mind you. I feel like JT really phoned it in with his latest album. Words can’t even begin to describe how disappointed I am in The 20/20 Experience, which is JT’s first record in seven years. I really loved FutureSex/LoveSounds and still listen to it, but both “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” seem so bland and homogeneous in comparison. Let’s do some excerpts:

Justin Timberlake

On his longevity: “I know that I’m still young, but I’ve been in this business two-thirds of my life and you just learn that some things are accepted the way you hope and some aren’t.”

On 20/20: “You get to this point, which I’ve done in the last five or six years, where you become less worried about success and failure. I’m sure there’s some self-help cheese-ball book about the gray area,” he says, “but I’ve been having this conversation with my friends who are all about the same age and I’m saying, ‘Y’know, life doesn’t happen in black and white.’ The gray area is where you become an adult . . . the medium temperature, the gray area, the place between black and white. That’s the place where life happens.”

Why did he make this record? “If you can answer the question of why you’re doing it, it’s the right thing to do. To answer the question ‘Why?’ for the first time in my career, is: because I wanted to.”

On the changing music biz: “A lot of people in our biz want to write songs that people want to hear and make movies that people want to see, but if the medium is changing at such a rapid pace, the question is, How do you do that?” Technology, he says, has jammed so much newness into the culture that culture has not figured out how to respond yet. As a result, “There’s not as much substance” in music.”

He’s such an artist: “I try to talk to people about how much acting goes into music. How much of a character goes into what you put on stage. You ever sit down with Jay? He’s not the guy he is on stage. I’m not the guy I am on stage. I am a performer. It’s an elevated idea.”

[From T Magazine]

Justin might be a very successful musician, but he sure as hell is one frustrated actor. That’s what he really wants to do — act. Before you accuse me of being rough on Justin, this is the guy who stated a few months ago, “My music career hangs over me like a cloud.”

Poor JT. Forced to make millions from a second-choice career. He’s so embarrassed that he can’t even show his face to the camera.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Photos courtesy of T Mag

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  1. T.fanty says:

    Awww, bless.

    I would get such a kick out of eavesdropping on a conversation between him and Goopy.

  2. brin says:

    Such crap. I don’t know who is douchier…him or Thicke. Guess it depends on the day.

  3. Zoë says:

    I’m not here for his ‘acting’. I much rather get my life from his music.

  4. Kaye says:

    Those are the best pictures of him that I’ve ever seen. He almost looks attractive.

    Having said that, I still can’t stand the man.

  5. Sloane Wyatt says:

    The only thing elevated about Justin is his opinion of himself as an actor and his being light in his loafers.

  6. Greata says:

    Self important douche!

  7. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    This is one of the most baffling photoshoots I’ve seen this year.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    Hide your face in shame!!

    Either that or his “smug” is so pungent that he is forced to cover his nose.

  9. lambchops says:

    LOL to the entire thing!

  10. LadyJane says:

    What is that wrinkled forehead thing that all guys think is sexy now? See: FLYN RIDER or Will Smyth’s son. It is embarrassing.


  11. blue marie says:

    if he wasn’t such a douche he might be cute, but then he opens his mouth and that all flies out the window.

  12. LadyJane says:

    This photoshoot should be titled, “The Migraine”

  13. NeNe says:

    Is anybody else as sick as I am of hearing about him?

  14. neelyo says:

    Imagine and delusion and self-importance if he collaborated with Lady Gaga. I think the studio would spontaneously combust. It must happen!

  15. Nanz says:

    He made this record because he wanted to? That’s not what I read. I read the clock was ticking on a contract that involved millions paid up front, and the record was due or he had to pay the money back.

    • sunnydaze says:

      Yeah….I’m not sure there’s a lot of honor and integrity in being able simply say why you’re doing something – because I want to, have to, want money, whatever….being honest about it is a little different, but just saying why doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Seems like he’s trying to make this into something bigger than it is.

      You needed to stay relevant in the music industry cuz film is too hit snd miss for you. No shame dude.

      I think this scrunchy face – by him and bieber- is an attempt at emulating hollywood legends, most notably james dean. A lot of older male film stars would have a slightly bowed head, looking up in photos. Brad, sure…even Colin Farrell to a degree, but now its just a “thing”. And its stupid.

  16. Greata says:

    Nothing to admire about this man…he was even called out by a charity,(Shriners Hospitals for Children) for only showing up when the press was present….he somehow seems to think he is Michael Jackson the second. Not even close! Relegated his former band mates to backup singer status.
    Not a generous man or team player.Yet he continues to be given attention. when will we stop rewarding these fame whores?

  17. Buckwild says:

    Oh god. The Bieber Baby Frown.

    • tealily says:

      Hahaha *wrinkles*

    • Emily C. says:

      Brad Pitt’s done it too. I am still waiting for a gossip professional to research when it started so we have someone to blame for it.

      • sunnydaze says:

        I mentioned above, but this was a very common expression on james dean and older hollywood males (clark gable in press photos come quickest to mind). They were often photographed with a slightly bowed head, looking up to the camera. I think it created a more intimate look at the time because it was used in a certain context. But now its just ridiculous, overused and the intimacy now looks like a really confused joey lawrence from blossom.

  18. TG says:

    Acting while performing is “an elevated idea”? Does this douche not know that practically every performer before him has been acting while performing and that the audience is aware of it? God, this guy is stupid. The problem with celebs, and especially ones like this douche who have been in it since they were in diapers, is that they surround themselves with sycophants and others like them. They do not try to educate themselves in any way so when they come up with phrases and ideas like: “I’m not the guy I am on stage. I am a performer. It’s an elevated idea.” They really think that is deep and original.

  19. Sea Dragon says:


    My first thought.

  20. Dawn says:

    I love this photo shoot! I love his music and I love how entertaining he is. But when it comes to acting…I don’t know. He was good in one thing but terrible in another. And in my opinion there are far worse people out there in show biz than Justin.

  21. Lucy says:

    Am I the only one who likes him and doesn’t really find him a douche? I feel a bit out of place in here. Maybe I’m a douchey person myself or…? Oh, well. To each their own, hahaha!

  22. tealily says:

    Why does he look kind of hot in these photos? I hate myself.

  23. Emily C. says:

    It’s an elevated idea.

    Which is why my 2nd grade music teacher talked about it.

    Justin Timberlake is one of the most annoying, self-absorbed, narcissistic people in the world. That he is rich single-handedly disproves the just world fallacy.

  24. diva says:

    I agree bedhead. I was disappointed with 20/20. I love his other 2 albums but I didn’t love 20/20. The are some good songs on there but all his single choices suck!I hope the 2nd part is better

  25. Bridget says:

    Every time I hear the song Mirror all I cam think is the word ”flaccid”. It is just the most flaccid love song. Seriously, he’s saying that his girl’s greatest trait is the ability to reflect himself back. Ugh.

    • Bijlee says:

      ” Seriously, he’s saying that his girl’s greatest trait is the ability to reflect himself back. Ugh”

      bwahahahahahahahaha!!! YES! I do not understand the song at all, how they hell is it sweet or a love song? It really is for his wife…but I do like JT as a performer and his other music is fantastic.