Justin Timberlake Received an Awesome Letter From This Breakout Star

Nov 23, 2017 at 11:01 a.m. ET
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Even celebrities can get starstruck sometimes. And that was definitely the case for Greta Gerwig, who, back in 2002, wasn't quite a star yet, but she was one really big Justin Timberlake fan. Some of that fangirling definitely spilled over into her newfound celeb life when Gerwig wanted to get some A-list music for her film Lady Bird.

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During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gerwig described how she reached out to Timberlake the old-fashioned way — via a letter — to ask for his permission to license his hit song "Cry Me a River" to use in the film.

"The Justin Timberlake [letter] — that has a really awkward beginning," she told Meyers.

She's not wrong.

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"Dear Mr. Timberlake," the letter begins. "I mean, what can I say? You're Justin Timberlake. You were the soundtrack to my adolescence. Your rise corresponded exactly with my very awkward puberty."

LOL.

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She goes on to talk about hearing JT's album Justified when she was in high school and how the first thing she did was buy the album on both a CD and a cassette tape because her car didn't have a CD player. I mean, same, honestly.

"I know I am not the first lady to completely geek out over you and your music, and I know I won't be the last," she concludes. "But I can say with certainty that no one would be happier, more honored or more psyched to have your song in my film. How I wish I could tell the little girl in headgear that she'd be getting this moment as an adult."

Aww, fam, that's awkward, but also sweet.

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Gerwig wrote similar letters to Alanis Morissette and Dave Matthews, and those are worth checking out in the video below too.

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