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