What do Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burrus and T.I.’s wife Tiny Cottle have in common? A joint appearance on the now defunct Mickey Mouse Club, as seen in this vintage clip from it’s sixth season. Before they were accomplished actors with music as their side projects (it’s true, Justin) Timberlake and Gosling starred on the revival of Disney’s kidcentric sketch show, while the future reality show headliner and frequent headline maker were members of Atlanta girl group Xscape. In the clip below, the boys are like any other 12-year-olds, obsessed with action movies and bad haircuts, and virtually unaware they’re in the presence of women, let alone recording artists serving as the show’s special guest. Xscape plays it straight while JT and The Gos ham it up, yet they’re obviously defying gender stereotypes by choosing to wear baseball jerseys—and leather ones at that. It’s fair to say Timberlake has come a long way since denim overalls and a borderline Jheri curl, but Gosling was a cute kid even back then, making the Internet’s perpetual crush on him all the more acceptable. And sigh.
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