Justin Timberlake Calls Miley Cyrus "Smart," "Talented" After VMAs

Celebrity News Sep. 19, 2013 AT 7:30PM
Justin Timberlake; Miley Cyrus Find out what Justin Timberlake thinks of the "smart" and "talented" Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV VMAs. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage; Kevin Mazur/WireImage

As the man who was personally responsible for bringing "Sexy Back" in 2006, Justin Timberlake knows a thing or two about how to make it in the music biz. During an interview with the TODAY show's Matt Lauer in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Runner Runner actor shared his thoughts on fellow former Disney star Miley Cyrus' controversial, twerk-filled performance at the MTV VMAs last month.

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Timberlake, who married Jessica Biel last year, has seamlessly gone from 'N Sync front man to solo artist to successful actor in his career. "I'm only 32," he said, "but I've worked for two-thirds of my life."

"You made that leap through that kind of dangerous landscape between child star and adult star very well," Lauer noted. "I'm sure you've watched a little bit of what's going on with Miley Cyrus right now, do you think the press and the public are treating her unfairly?"

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"I don't know that I have a definitive thought in one direction or the other about it," Timberlake said of the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer. "I think she's really smart, and I think she's really talented. I'm not saying I agree with the presentation, but I also feel like every 10 to 15 years we pick somebody that this is what we're going to do with them, is we're going to make them the model of who we want our daughters to be or not be."

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Timberlake, a former Mickey Mouse Club star, came to Cyrus' defense shortly after her performance late last month. "I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she's young,' he told Fresh 102.7 radio show on Aug. 27. 'She's letting everybody know that she's growing up."

"I just think it's the VMAs. It's not like she did it at the Grammys," he added during that interview. "Let her do her thing, you know?"

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