Joey Fatone Reminisces on His Boy Band Days, Calls Out the New Wave: 'What Fing Names Are Those'
publish date: 2017-10-31
The former *NSYNC-er voices Muggs the Rat in Discovery Family Channel's Halloween movie 'A Witches Ball.'
*NSYNC may be no more, but Joey Fatone has surely kept busy. In the last year and a half alone, the 40-year-old has brought back his lovable My B.g.Fat Greek Wedding character Angelo (in the sequel, which released March 2016), opened a namesake hot dog stand in his hometown of Orlando, and served as host for Impractical Jokers: After Party.
This Halloween, you can also hear Fatone’s voice in the new Discovery Family Channel flick A Witches Ball. The TV movie follows story of a young girl named Beatrix who passed her Witches’ exam, but has to fix a broken crystal ball and solve three magical riddles in time for her big night at the ball — with the help of a trusty sidekick, Muggs the Rat, voiced by the singer/actor.
For Fatone, being part of a Halloween movie is special, as it’s a holiday very close to his heart. "I probably have more Halloween decorations than I do Christmas,” he laughs, discussing the 20 to 30 plastic pumpkins he has around his house and recalling a time he turned his daughter Briahna into Regan, Linda Blair’s character from The Exorcist.
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Although Briahna, now 16, may not enjoy A Witches Ball the way his 7-year-old, Kloey, might, Fatone asserts that she sometimes reaps the benefits of her dad’s status.
“Usually, it’s like, ‘Uh yeah, whatever dad' -- and then all of the sudden, because I can go see Twenty One Pilots and have a meet and greet with them, then I’m cool,” he says. "One time I brought her to an Ed Sheeran concert, and we went backstage and started talking to him when the opening act was performing. It was so funny, I was like, 'You want to go out and see the opening act?' and she’s like, 'No I’m good, I’ll stay here.' And I’m like, 'Oh why, you want to talk to Ed Sheeran? Is that why? You want to be cool? Now I’m cool.’”
There was a time when Briahna would recognize her dad isn’t like most dads, though. “When she was younger, she always said that kind of jokingly, like, 'You’re a rock star.' And I’m like, 'No, I’m not.’ Just say pop star... I’m not really in the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. It’s more like, soda pop, chicken fingers and pixie sticks."
Pop star he was, as one-fifth of beloved boy band *NSYNC, until the group went on hiatus in 2002. While he’s focusing on acting nowadays, Fatone has found ways to pay homage to his musical beginnings through his new route -- particularly so in last year’s goofy post-apocalyptic Syfy flick Dead 7, in which he starred alongside fellow *NSYNC-er Chris Kirkpatrick, the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons, and O-Town’s Erik Estrada. Though they all knew each other back in the day, the movie allowed them to not only bond, but also reminisce on the good old days.