The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday morning honored and celebrated the industry’s leading women, where Justin Timberlake took the stage at the event to present scholarships to female students in film and television.
“Strong, beautiful souls. I’m happy to be here to be your arm candy. Angelina [Jolie] warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified so that’s absolutely fair”, he said during his speech. “People like Angelina, Sherry [Lansing], Shonda [Rhimes], Nancy [Dubuc] and you strong people that are younger than me, really, that I looked up to all of you”.
The singer/actor showed appreciation for his mother and for his wife Jessica Biel, saying, “I was raised by a strong woman. I was lucky enough to convince a strong woman to marry me, and she got nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award today. I will be her bitch anytime”.
“To the men in this room. I see a lot of great men who I also look up to. I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to stand when something is not right”, he added. “We need to go to work. It’s not our responsibility; it’s our privilege, because at the end of the day if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman to marry you, you will realize that we are nothing without the strength of women”.
Timberlake presented the scholarships for THR’s highly competitive, 9-year-old Women in Entertainment Mentorship program, which pairs young women with top-level women in film and television. Lifetime and Entertainment Industry Foundation awarded $10,000 scholarships to 21 girls from East and South Los Angeles.
He also announced that for the third year in a row, American Airlines is awarding the young women 50,000 Advantage miles for a trip during their college break or holiday. Timberlake presented the Lori Greiner, of Shark Tank and QVC fame, scholarship, which provides a four-year full ride to Loyola Marymount University to high school student Judith.