Boston University Grad Appears in Target Commercial With JT

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There’s no doubt that 2013 is the year of Justin Timberlake.

Besides his fifth appearance on Saturday Night Live as a host, Timberlake was recently a featured guest for an entire week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and of course, he put out his first album in six years, The 20/20 Experience. The former N*Sync singer has also scooped up several big endorsements, including support from Bud Light, and recently, Target.

But perhaps no one has appreciated Timberlake’s on-screen appearances more than Boston University graduate Mandi Mellen. After being picked to be part of a new Justin Timberlake Target commercial where fans sing songs from his latest album, Mellen and the rest of the cast appearing in the TV spot were taken by surprise when Timberlake showed up during filming.

“The whole concept of the commercial, or what we were told, was we were his 20 biggest fans and this was a Target commercial for his new CD. So they did a lot of shots of us singing his new song ‘Mirrors,’ then they separated us into groups to sing the song,” says Mellen. “[The] extra part that none of us knew about was that Justin was going to be there, and he surprised us all while we were singing. The funny part was, he just walked out on stage clapping when we were all singing.”

Out of the 20 featured singers, Mellen was one of eight to be picked to stand in the front row to sing with Timberlake, too.

Here is what the aspiring actress had to say about the shoot in Los Angeles:

How did this whole thing come about?

I saw a casting call looking for Justin Timberlake “superfans.” I’ve been a big fan of JT’s for years, and my fiance actually submitted both of us to go in and audition. So we initially auditioned together, but I got called back in for the project and subsequently booked on it.

What was Timberlake like?

Justin was so great! He was so nice! He stayed around and talked to us all. We could all tell that he was having so much fun and he was just as excited to meet all of us as we were him.

Anything funny happen while on set?

Something funny [did happen at] his album release party; 20 of us got invited to his party. Then they chose eight of us to be in the front row for filming purposes. I was one of those people. The album release party was filmed and televised on the CW. It had a whole interview section with Ryan Seacrest, and in between the interview and JT doing a song, he looked down at all of us in the front row and mouths “did you guys see the commercial?” It was way cool! All of us were so excited that he knew we were there in front and was excited about the commercial.

Were you nervous around him?

I was more in shock. When he came out to my group during when we were singing, the guy in my group and I continued to sing the song and then once we realized it was Justin we both said “oh [expletive].”

Is Timberlake as charming in person as he comes across on his records and TV appearances?

He really is! He was super nice. They surprised us all in stages. So after we were done, we were outside on the lot chatting with Justin. He was just so nice and so charismatic.

What is it about Timberlake that is so appealing to a general audience, do you think?

He’s extremely genuine and he’s talented. And he, of course, knows he’s talented, but he’s not arrogant about it. He appears to be so grateful. And honestly, he seems like he’d be an awesome guy to be friends with.

source: boston magazine


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March 25, 2013