We recently sat down with Lance Bass, one of the hosts for this year’s Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live @ the American Music Awards on Livestream! Lance talked with us about his upcoming plans, his days in N’Sync, and outerspace. Check out the interview below!
I’m sure most of our readers would like to know what you’ve been up to recently, and how you’re doing.
Things are great. It’s been a very busy year for me. A lot of fun stuff coming out in 2012 that I’ve been working on for a couple of years. I’ve been writing a lot for the past year, for television and film. I have a lot of TV projects coming out next year. I am launching a Broadway show next year, so that’s taken a lot of time. And then the other thing I’ve been working on for the last three years is a website called famousyardsale.com, and that launches in the summer.
Tell us about that.
It’s basically the new eBay, but celebrities use it to do yard sales to raise money for their personal charities.
Well congrats, you’re clearly a busy man these days.
When it comes to stage, screen, and music, which would you say is your true passion?
Wow, well music’s always my biggest passion. I’ve been away from music for a few years now because I’ve been really concentrated on television and film, but organically it just really came back into my life this year. So [music] is always going to be my number one, and I’m really excited to fuse TV and music together.
How do you think the music industry has changed when compared to N’Sync’s heyday?
A lot! I mean, just music alone has changed. You have iTunes now, and back then you couldn’t buy music through iTunes.
That seems so archaic now.
I know, right? So back in the day when No Strings Attached came out and broke every record for selling, that kind of record will never be touched again because of iTunes. It’s way more accessible [now] which is amazing. I think the more accessible music can be to people, the better. Now it’s a singles market instead of an albums market. It’s hard to sell a full album because it’s all about one song, which I think is special too. Back in the day you would always have these album fillers that weren’t that great. And now an artist has to make a hit single every single time.
I feel like I have to ask; could you give me a brief synopsis of your cosmonaut training, and how that came about?
Well, I always wanted to be an astronaut my whole life, but then music fell in my lap. Then one day I got a call from the Russian space agency wanting to send the youngest person into space, and they were going to do a big documentary about it at CBS. I got recommended by a little girl who knew the guy that was putting it together, she said ‘oh yeah, Lance Bass wants to go to space’ and he was like ‘done!’ Simple as that. So, I thought I was being Punk’d when I was called. I really though Ashton Kutcher was trying to Punk me. But then a month later I shipped off to Russia and trained for seven months to become a cosmonaut. The training was amazing, it changed my entire life. Unfortunately two weeks before the launch my mission got cancelled because of insurance issues.
That makes sense. A pop star in space is probably a huge liability.
Yeah, so I never got to go. But at least I finished the training, and now I’m an official cosmonaut.
If the opportunity ever presented itself again, would you go to space?
Yes. Definitely. I did not train that hard to not go.
Nice. Space tourism will probably be a common thing soon, so you never know.
Last question; what was your favorite and least favorite outfits during your N’Sync days?
Well actually it has to do with the American Music Awards. The worst outfits were the American Music Awards in like ’99 or 2000. We got voted most waterproof. We were in black and white patent leather outfits that were just hideous. And then on the red carpet I had this outfit that was like five times bigger than me. I looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. We just had hideous, hideous style.
What about your best outfit?
The best? I don’t know. I don’t think we ever had a best. We never really had help in the fashion area of our careers.
Fair enough. Thank you for your candor.
We’ve also found some images of the outfits from the American Music Awards that Lance mentioned. Enjoy!
And be sure and check out the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live @ the American Music Awards via Livestream on November 20th at 5pmET/2pm PT!
Posted on November 7th, 2011