Justin Timberlake Recalls His ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Years: We Were So ‘Impressionable’

Justin Timberlake believes his time on the Mickey Mouse Club really shaped him into the person he is today.

While promoting Trolls with Anna Kendrick on Thursday (July 21, 2016), the former child star recalled his time on the now-defunct Disney show. Speaking at The IMDb Yacht during the San Diego Comic-Con, the singer-slash-actor remembered what it was singing and dancing alongside a young Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.

“That was my first job,” he told panel moderator Kevin Smith. “I think we all wanted to impress the adults so much that we were kind of all on our P’s and Q’s for the most part. And honestly, at that age, as we all know, you’re so impressionable that being around the camera and a live studio audience.”

He continued, “I’d always joke with my friends anytime you know everything SNL, it was basically a kid’s version of SNL. You shot live to tape—well, different than that, it’s not totally live ‘live’—but you have a studio audience and you’re working with cameras and you’re young so you’re kind of a sponge at that age. You’re just so impressionable.”

According to Timberlake, being on the Mickey Mouse Club really prepared him for hosting Saturday Night Live, a gig he’s done five times since 2003.

“It’s a tough week, but it’s so fun. You can literally have nothing on Wednesday and live on Saturday, you have a full show. It’s crazy — actually the D in the B sketch,” he said. “We didn’t come up with until Thursday night. We were recording it as we thinking the punch lines.”