Justin Timberlake in GQ's 2013 Men of the Year Issue: Don't Be Cool, Be Passionate

Justin Timberlake in GQ's 2013 Men of the Year Issue: Don't Be Cool, Be Passionate

He”s one of the most talk about singers in the business, so it”s no surprise Justin Timberlake was one of the lucky guys selected to front the GQ”s 2013 Men of the Year issue.

During his interview, the “Mirrors” hitmaker defines the term “cool” and chatted about his hometown.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Timberlaker”s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On his career:
“This face. This recognizable face that you work so hard to get – not because you want the recognition but because you know you”re made to do it. The movie didn”t do well at the box office, so I should quit Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn”t have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn”t have released it I don”t see myself as someone who”s ever going to be defined by one moment. It”s on to the next.”

On his hometown of Memphis:
“It”s a struggling city with a defeatist attitude. I”m from this town, and I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I”ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business. Because sometimes I just want to f***ing kill everybody.”

On his definition for “cool”:
“Listen, I”m not cool. Being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don”t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad. I”ve made a career out of doing things that I should not be doing. I wasn”t about it. Because being cool would have meant I passed up on those opportunities. If you do that, it”s because you”re afraid. And what are you afraid of You know”