Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the day Justin Timberlake was liberated from his momma’s insides and foisted directly into the international spotlight. Or so it would seem. After all, by the age of 12 he had already appeared on TV talent shows singing country songs. But it wasn’t until 1993 that he was cast in what would prove to be the Illuminati of popular entertainment in the early-to-mid 2000s: The Mickey Mouse Club. His adolescent co-stars would include Chistina Aguilera, Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling and future girlfriend Britney Spears.
Of course we all know the story from there: after the Mickey Mouse Club he went on to form N*Sync and became its de facto leader and ‘bad boy’. After cutting a mountain of gold records, he struck out a solo career with a multi-platinum debut album before moving into films. While many Timberlake naysayers assumed that acting would be where he discovered the limits of his talent, JT has proven himself top be quite savvy when it comes to picking movie projects.
Of course we all remember his fantastic turn in The Social Network but what do you know about the rest of Timberlake’s filmography? If you’re feeling up to the challenge, why not take our Justin Timberlake Birthday Quiz! (answers are at the bottom but don’t cheat, okay?)
1. In JT’s science fiction film In Time, what do the characters use as currency?
b) Time itself
c) Gold-Pressed Latinum
2. In The Love Guru, what is the name of Justy’s hockey player character?
a) François “La Beouf” Bourguignon
b) Jacques “Le Coq” Grandé
c) Pierre “Les Paul” Paul
a) Picnic baskets
b) Neck ties
c) Pension funds
4. In Southland Tales, Timberlake mimes along to The Killers’ All These Things That I Have Done. But in 2001 he starred in a music video, miming along to a song by which multi-platinum artist?
a) Elton John
c) Bruce Springsteen
5. In Bad Teacher, what is Cameron Diaz’s big plan to woo Justin Timberlake’s substitute teacher?
a) Taking the school’s glee club to the state finals
b) Uncovering his current girlfriend’s dirty past as a black widow.
c) Getting a boob job
Happy Birthday, Justin!
answers: 1) b, 2)b, 3)a, 4)a, 5)c