It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Justin Timberlake couldn’t get by on reputation alone! Luckily, back in the 1990s, the singer had some help from another icon of the time, James Van Der Beek.
The former Dawson’s Creek star opened up to HuffPost Live about a time when he helped an underage Justin get into a Las Vegas club. “I was in Vegas one New Year’s and somebody came by and said, ‘*NSYNC wants to meet you!’” he explained. “And at the time, *NSYNC was the second to the Backstreet Boys, it was before they had blown up. They had just come out with some Christmas album, like at the same time 98 degrees did.”
“So I said, ‘Okay,’ and I met them and they were so sweet, they were so nice,” he continued. “They were such cool kids and I immediately liked them. I remember that night we were all going to some club and they were all too young. And so I went in and somehow passed by ID back so that Justin could get in with my ID. And then Justin got in and tried to pass it off to Lance [Bass] to get in. By the third time [the bouncers] saw a James Van Der Beek ID they were like, ‘Ah, I don’t think so James.’”
Luckily, these days, the “T.K.O” singer probably doesn’t have to worry too much about being denied from places…