Surprise! Justin Timberlake is in 'Candy' with Jessica Biel

  • Cast member and executive producer Jessica Biel, left, arrives with her husband, Justin Timberlake, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022 at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Cast member and executive producer Jessica Biel, left, arrives with her husband, Justin Timberlake, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022 at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Melanie Lynskey in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Melanie Lynskey in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel and Pablo Schreiber, right, in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel and Pablo Schreiber, right, in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Jessie Mueller, from left, Jessica Biel and Selena Anduze in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Jessie Mueller, from left, Jessica Biel and Selena Anduze in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Melanie Lynskey, left, and Pablo Schreiber in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Melanie Lynskey, left, and Pablo Schreiber in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows, foreground from left, Jessica Biel, Timothy Simons, Aven Lotz and Dash McCloud in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows, foreground from left, Jessica Biel, Timothy Simons, Aven Lotz and Dash McCloud in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Sharon Conley, Jessie Mueller, Jessica Biel and Jamie Anne Allman in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Sharon Conley, Jessie Mueller, Jessica Biel and Jamie Anne Allman in the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Justin Timberlake in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Justin Timberlake in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Shaun Michael Lynch, Justin Timberlake and Jason Ritter in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows, from left, Shaun Michael Lynch, Justin Timberlake and Jason Ritter in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • This image released by Hulu shows Justin Timberlake, left, and Jason Ritter in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP)

    This image released by Hulu shows Justin Timberlake, left, and Jason Ritter in a scene from the series "Candy." (Hulu via AP) Associated Press

  • Pablo Schreiber arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Pablo Schreiber arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • From left, cast members Raul Esparza, Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons and Pablo Schreiber arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    From left, cast members Raul Esparza, Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Simons and Pablo Schreiber arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

  • Cast member Melanie Lynskey, left, arrives with her husband and fellow cast member, Jason Ritter, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Cast member Melanie Lynskey, left, arrives with her husband and fellow cast member, Jason Ritter, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Candy," on Monday, May 9, 2022, at El Capitan Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/12/2022 7:46 AM

NEW YORK -- Viewers tuning in to Thursday's episode of 'úCandy,'Ě starring Jessica Biel, may recognize a familiar face: Biel's husband Justin Timberlake.

The musician and actor portrays a deputy who investigates the murder the show is centered around.

 

Biel, a co-executive producer on the project, says Timberlake first approached her producing partner, Michelle Purple, about wanting to be involved.

'úThey sort of had this whole plan. I didn't even know about at first. And then I thought he was kidding. And then he said, 'ėNo, for real, I want to do this.' And then it was off to the races. He was getting a wig fitting, it was so fun and was such a good surprise.'Ě

Biel admits to being worried at first about whether their dynamic would 'útranslate at work" but that quickly went away.

'úI actually felt total peace when he was around. Like, I knew he was going to hold that sort of safe space for me to work in the way I needed to and be non-judgmental and open and free. And he gave me the freedom to improvise, which he's so good at and I'm less comfortable with."

In 'úCandy,'Ě Biel plays Candy Montgomery, a young, outgoing, church-going wife and mother in Texas who voraciously reads romance novels. She seems to have it all - but is bored - so she begins an affair with a man from her town (played by Pablo Schreiber) and ends up killing his wife, Betty, with an ax. Montgomery pleaded not guilty to the crime and a jury sided with her, some even saying they never liked Betty.

The story is based on a real case from 1980 and is of interest in Hollywood at the moment. Elizabeth Olsen recently wrapped filming her own limited series version called 'úLove and Death," in which she plays Candy.

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Melanie Lynskey, who plays Betty, hopes the story will lead to compassion for the victim, and that people will see how the trial was a popularity contest.

'úAs somebody who has had a hard time fitting in for a lot of my life since I was a little girl, I really, really responded to that and just how deeply unfair it was," she said.

Timberlake isn't the only surprise casting in the show: Lynskey's husband, Jason Ritter, plays Timberlake's partner. A memorable moment is when the two recreate the crime as part of their investigation.

Biel credits 'úCandy'Ě co-creator and showrunner Robin Veith for 'úthe idea to have Jason as well and have these two be partners in crime. It tickled us,'Ě said Biel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Biel wears a wig with short, curly brown hair in the series which gotten a lot of attention. She jokes that it's a similar hairstyle to one her husband had in the late 90s with his boy band NSYNC.

'úHe definitely had that hairstyle," said Biel. I always ask, "Please grow those beautiful curls back out. I love that curly hair. I know. It's so weird. We were laughing about that.'Ě

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AP Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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