- Jessica Biel opened up about her husband Justin Timberlake’s unexpected cameo in “Candy.”
- The actress, who stars in and produces the series, said Timberlake’s role was “an accident.”
- According to Biel, Timberlake expressed interest in playing the part while reading the script with his wife.
Jessica Biel shared how husband Justin Timberlake landed a memorable cameo in her new
According to the actress, who stars in and executive produces the show, Timberlake’s involvement was “an accident.”
“Justin was reading the scripts. We always share material and get notes from each other and stuff like that,” Biel explained to EW.
Timberlake apparently took an interest in the character of Steve Deffibaugh, a police officer who investigates the death of Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey), later pinpointing Gore’s friend Candy Montgomery (Biel) as the prime suspect.
“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,'” Biel recalled. “‘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,'” the actress continued.
Biel went on to explain that when she ran Timberlake’s potential casting by her fellow producer Michelle Purple, Purple revealed that Timberlake had already been in touch with her about the role. Show creators Robin Veith and Nick Antosca also shared their approval of Timberlake’s casting shortly thereafter, per Biel.
And while Timberlake wasn’t interested in making money off the role, he did have several specific requirements for his costume.
“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,'” Biel said. “We were like, ‘That we can do.'”
“Candy” is based on the real-life case of Texas housewife Candy Montgomery, who was accused of killing her best friend Betty Gore with an ax after Gore discovered that Montgomery was having an affair with Gore’s husband Allan.
The final episode premieres Friday on Hulu. You can watch the trailer below.