Justin Timberlake Would Choose Love Over His Looks Any Day

Justin Timberlake Would Choose Love Over His Looks Any Day

Mr. JT dishes on working with his ex, kissing Amanda Seyfried and his tried-and-true love advice.

Justin Timberlake didn't exactly spend his 30th birthday doing regular guy stuff. He wasn't at a club in Vegas or taking his off, now on-again girlfriend, Jessica Biel, out on the town.

"On my 30th birthday, I was in freezing cold water in a beige body suit," says the star of the hit movie, In Time, which is currently heating up the box office. The film, co-starring Amanda Seyfried, poses the idea that you can live forever in a young body.

Ask Justin if he would rather have the love of his life or live forever and he quickly says, "I'd take a good 50 years and have the love of my life." As for his last wishes, he'd request, "Time with my family and a great meal." Who knew JT was such a softy?

We sat down with Justin recently to talk more about his growing movie career as well as his sex symbol status, working with his ex-girlfriend and whether or not he'll ever make music again. Here's what he had to say:

Do you believe it when you're dubbed a sex symbol?
Honestly, I always think that's a misprint! Justin who?

What's the best advice you've ever received about love?
Keep your love life to yourself. It really is your private life. You don't have to share it with anyone except the other person – and not the world. /node/80663

You starred in Friends with Benefits last summer. Do you think that could ever work for people…or would both parties get too involved?
I think every couple is different. The key here would be talking about your expectations up front. 

What's it like to do movie love scenes like this one with Amanda Seyfried, or last summer with Mila Kunis?
It's never romantic. You have 30 crew guys standing around. You're trying to be sexy for the scene, but deep down you feel a little bit goofy. It's a real seventh grade moment where you want to giggle. Can “Friends with Benefits” Ever Work?

Tell us more about In Time.
I read the script in two days and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Partly, it really hits the nail on the head when it comes to our obsession about looking good forever. These were great themes and I really wanted to play this guy. I had to play him. He's the kind of guy you want with you when your back is against the wall. I also liked that he's a regular guy who gets pushed hard. He fights back, which is how I would be in real life.

Did you have fun making this film?
It was a great time because I got to shoot guns and chase around in cars and kick ass. And then, I got to kiss Amanda. I was like, "OK, sign me up!"

What was it like for you to hit your 30s?
I'm excited about this next decade because basically I don't have a choice. And honestly, I'm really excited to see where this time takes me. So, you can say that I'm really cool with it. Bring it on!

What was it like to work with your ex, Cameron Diaz, on Bad Teacher, which is now out on DVD?
We're still friends, and knowing each other was a great way to trust working together. Plus, nobody does a role like this better than Cameron. We had an awesome time making the movie. She's just great. Playing Matchmaker: 5 Guys Cameron Diaz Should Date

You're so great at comedy. Is that your favorite genre? You're also an amazing Saturday Night Live host.
I grew up loving comedy above all else. SNL was always my thing. I would beg my mom to stay up and see this show and she wasn't so convinced. This show was advanced! There were years when I was a little bit too young to hear some of those jokes. I didn't even get some of the political skits, but I was laughing along with the rest of the country. Lorne Michaels allows me to host the show and rock out.

Why did you want to become a singer?
Ever since I was a really little boy I always sang. So I figured out that that was sort of my calling. I didn't really have to think about it because I knew it was always there, that it's what I should be doing.

Are you leaving music for movies?
I love how I'm asked if I'm leaving music, which isn't true. It's not like I said I'm never doing music again. I'm always doing music. It is possible to do two things at the same time — even for a guy. You know, we're never supposed to be able to do two things at the same time.

Was it hard to be the music guy at first who wanted to make movies?
It was hard at first to convince the world that you're serious when you come to the acting world as someone who is known for getting on a stage every night and rocking the house. There's a stigma attached to it. People think musicians are so demanding. It's the whole, "I need white flowers in my dressing room and if there are any red ones, someone is getting it." It's such nonsense. I've never said I will only eat yellow M&Ms in my dressing room. It's all so ridiculous.

How did the big success of The Social Network affect you?
I was blown away at the film's success. It was the greatest experience of my life because it was just so intense, which is how I love to work. I think of myself as the linebacker. I'm going to be there doing take after take, or taking the hits until we win. We made a movie about people sitting in a room talking to each other, yet you're hanging off the edge of your seat watching it. How Facebook Is Ruining Your Marriage

What about new music?
I'm always thinking about it, writing it. Music is always on my mind.

If you had to pick…music or movies?
It's strange, but working on movies can be way more personal than making music. With music, you write a song and it's sort of this sound fantasy. But when you're in a movie, it might be a fantasy situation, but it's your job to make it real. Does that make any sense?

Did you like Justin better as a singer or an actor?

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