From 2008 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career, effectively putting his music career on hiatus; he held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, In Time, and Friends with Benefits.
Timberlake resumed his music career in 2013 with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring neo soul styles, partly inspired by the expansive song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock.
Band member Lance Bass was openly critical of Timberlake's actions in his memoir Out of Sync.Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002.In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards, In late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior.[That was] the first time I ever really felt the confidence to do it.and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 439,000 copies, fewer than previous 'N Sync releases. Later that year he recorded a song "I'm Lovin' It", used by Mc Donald's as the theme to its "I'm Lovin' It" campaign.