Jessica Biel, who stars in Hulu’s true-crime series Candy, recently opened up about how her husband Justin Timberlake landed a cameo role in the same series. The 41-year-old ‘Cry Me A River’ hitmaker makes his special appearance in the final episodes of the series. Biel got candid about how it came about to happen in a chat with EW.
“Justin was reading the scripts. We always share material and get notes from each other and stuff like that. And he was reading it, and he asked about that particular character, Steve Deffibaugh, [and said] ‘Who’s playing this guy?’ I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know. Probably like a local amazing actor from Atlanta.’ ‘We don’t have any money left’ was basically the conversation. And he said, ‘I want to play this part.’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Okay.’ He goes, ‘No, no. I want to play this part,” she said.
Jessica Biel Was quite surprised by Justin Timberlake’s decision to play the role
Initially, Jessica Biel was quite taken aback by Justin Timberlake’s decision to play Steve Deffibaugh, however, the singer and former NSYNC member had always been into the idea. She also talked about what exactly her husband wanted out of the role.
“We told him, ‘We can’t pay you,’ and he goes, ‘I don’t care about getting paid. I just want you to pay for my wig and I want my prosthetic belly,’ We were like, ‘That we can do,” she said.
Jessica Biel also mentioned how she wasn’t sure Justin Timberlake was serious about playing this role, but after he reassured her, she hit up her producing partner, Michelle Purple, on the phone to inform her regarding it.
“And she goes, ‘I know. He already called me about it,'” said the 40-year-old “The Sinner” star. “I’m like, ‘Okay. Of course you guys are already talking before I even know anything.’ So we threw the idea out to Robin, and she said the same thing, ‘Are you serious?’ Literally, they started talking and had a creative discussion about what that could mean. She was excited about the idea. Nick was excited about the idea,” she added.
Timberlake’s on-set “bromance” with Jason Ritter
She also went on to reveal how Timberlake and her co-star Melanie Lynskey‘s husband Jason Ritter developed a kind of “bromance” on the set. “Melanie and I laugh about this a lot,” she said. “It’s like dinnertime while we were shooting. You don’t have a lot of time with your kids. You happen to be home, or it’s a .weekend, and Justin would be on his phone, and I’d be like, ‘Excuse me, get off your phone.’ And Melanie would be doing the same thing, like, ‘Hello. Can you come join the family?’ And both of them are like, ‘Sorry, sorry, sorry! I’m texting Jason. I’m texting Justin. We’re talking about characters.’ They had this bromance,” she added.