Justin Timberlake has been named one of GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year. In the December 2013 issue of the magazine, Timberlake opens up about his acting career and says he’s “not cool.”
The Memphis-born singer, 32, who recently kicked off his 20/20 Experience tour, addresses critics of his recent films and how he deals with them.
“The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second,” he said. ”If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that.”
Timberlake adds that his Memphis upbringing helped define him and how that place prepared him for life in Hollywood.
“It’s a struggling city with a defeatist attitude,” he said. ”I’m from this town, and I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I’ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business.”
Timberlake’s latest album, “The 20/20 Experience,” has earned him five American Music Award nominations, including Best Male R&B/Soul Artist.
The Grammy winner celebrated the sounds of Memphis Soul at the White House earlier this year with President Obama and that soulful sound has inspired his music.
Even with all of this success, Timberlake says he’s not cool.
“Listen, I’m not cool,” he reveals to GQ. “Being cool, is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad.”