Justin Timberlake Stars In Trolls To Help Empower Young Women

Justin Timberlake in Trolls
James Graham


Nov 21, 2016

Singer Justin Timberlake, the star attraction at the Sydney premiere of Trolls at the weekend, says his goddaughters were the reason he signed on for the hit new Dreamworks animation.

He admits that he was initially reluctant to lend his voice and song-writing skills to the film, which opens here on December 1, because he thought there was more “frivolity than substance”.


But when he related the storyline to his two young goddaughters, Justin says he had a change of heart.

“I looked at the story and I was like, ‘Wait hold on, we have a female protagonist, that has a belly, crazy hair’. I was thinking about my two goddaughters, what women must go through from such a young age of being ashamed of their body and ashamed of their appearance.

“We have a troll [in this film] and for young females to get to see that, that’s not frivolous at all, it’s so important, and what a cool way in getting them into the theatre to be like ‘I want to be like Princess Poppy, not Barbie.”


The star attraction at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter for the local premiere says he loved every minute of the production.

Trolls tells the story of Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Justin’s character Branch, who embark on a journey to save their kind against evil creatures called Bergen.

“You don’t have to wear a wardrobe and makeup,” he said of voicing the character.

“You know what’s weird about voice acting is you actually use your body more because you subconsciously think people won’t see you so you have to make sure they feel the presence of the character.

“The beauty is you get to do it 100 different ways. Sometimes with live action you get done with a scene and you are like, oh man, I just thought of something that could have been interesting but you’ve already moved on.”


Singer Dami Im was among guests walking the rainbow carpet in Sydney – she voiced the character of Grandma Rosiepuff, the grandmother of Justin’s character.

Other guests included The Wiggles, Tove Lo, Danielle Cormack, Miranda Tapsell and Ben Mingay.



By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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