Candy Montgomery, Hulu’s highly anticipated true-crime miniseries, stars Emmy nominee Jessica Biel (The Sinner) as Texas ax murderer Candy Montgomery.

The Christian housewife and mother of two horrifically murdered her shadowy neighbor and church choir nemesis, Betty Gore, in 1980, following her torrid affair with Betty’s husband, Allan Gore. For someone so publicly devoted to God, Candy is as godless as it gets.

Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) portrays Betty Gore; Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) plays the weak and easily persuaded Allan Gore; Timothy Simons (Veep) plays Candy’s oblivious husband, Pat Montgomery; and Raúl Esparza (Dopesick) plays Candy’s defense attorney, Don Crowder. From Nick Antosca and Robin Veith – aka the masterminds behind 2019’s The Act – Candy is clearly full of talented familiar faces.

Considering Jessica Biel’s Grammy- and Emmy-winning husband Justin Timberlake (Friends With Benefits) — who you may have heard of — was by her side at the LA Premiere FYC event for Candy , it’s easy to wonder if he’s making an appearance on the show. Of course, it’s possible he just attended the premiere to support his beloved wife. So which one is it? Is the “SexyBack” singer on Hulu’s Candy?

Yes, Justin Timberlake makes a surprise appearance in Candy. He arrives in the second half of the limited series, during episode 4, which is titled “Cover Girl”. Considering his signature skin is replaced with a chenille mustache, it’s easy to miss the pop star at first glance. Justin plays Steve, a Collin County deputy investigating the crime scene of Betty’s homicide – which happened in the Gore house. At the time Candy hacked into Betty’s body, Allan was on a business trip to St. Paul.

 As he walks around the Gore house – observing blood splattered on the walls and linoleum floor – Deputy Steve photographs Betty’s corpse and accompanying evidence. This includes the famous axe. Steve and his fellow police officers soon realize that whoever did the gruesome deed was clearly an amateur.

“So they half-cleaned, left a murder weapon behind and took the time to take a shower?” Steve asks while investigating Betty’s house.


“While a baby was crying in the background,” adds his colleague. That’s right, Betty had recently given birth to a second child.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake at FYC LA Premiere Event for Hulu’s ‘Candy’

When a distraught Allan finally returns home from his business trip – aware that his wife has been murdered – Deputy Steve is forced to give him the gory details.

“Mr. Gore, I know your neighbors told you that your wife was shot, but there’s more to that,” he begins. We can only imagine what it must be like to learn that your spouse and the mother of your children have been axed 41 times.

The investigation becomes complicated when Allan lies to Steve about an affair. Maybe things would have turned out differently if Allan had revealed his affair with Candy Montgomery to the police from the jump.

While former NSYNC member Justin Timberlake is better known for his musical talent than his acting career, his work in heavier films like Alpha Dog in 2006, The Social Network in 2010 and, more recently, Palmer in 2021 proves that he has great acting skills.