Fame Can Really Mess with Your Head; Justin Timberlake Talks about His Career and His New Found Love of Acting

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Fame Can Really Mess with Your Head; Justin Timberlake Talks about His Career and His New Found Love of Acting


Byline: Justin Timberlake

With millions of record sales and a sex god reputation, you'd think singer Justin Timberlake would be quite happy with his lot.

But not content with conquering the music charts, the Sexy back singer and former boyfriend of Cameron Diaz has his heart set on taking Hollywood by storm.

The 25-year-old star has just landed the lead role in gritty new movie Alpha Dog, one of three films he'll be seen in this year.

"I'm really inspired by acting," he enthuses. "Why spend time doing something that I'm not really inspired to do? I don't know if that sounds sort of New Agey or whatever, but it's true. I've been really lucky to have a musical career that has gone pretty good and acting is something I've always wanted to do."

Justin joins an esteemed cast in Alpha Dog, including Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis, but the actor admits he wasn't fazed by working alongside his veteran A-list co-stars.

"When I came onto the film all the other actors were probably not looking forward to having to deal with me, but I wasn't worried about it and I just showed up to work the same as everybody else.

"I wanted to be a player in the film," he explains. "If you go in with the right intentions then the outcome ends up okay."

It's hardly surprising though that the star is taking it all in his stride - after all, he's been performing from the age of 13 when he became a Mouseketeer in the US-based TV show the Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

At the age of 15 he became a poster boy for millions of girls when he joined the hugely successful American boy band

*NSYNC, but insists all that early fame went over his head.

"It can mess with your mind a little bit when you're a teenager and not equipped to deal with all the attention but I learned very quickly that the more I didn't pay attention to it, the more I realised what a soap opera it was and you have to remove yourself from it, otherwise it will drive you completely insane. …

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