Timberlake, 38, had a sad, solemn expression on his face, and constantly looked down as he walked around the set of his upcoming film Palmer, which tells the story of Eddie Palmer, a college football star whose chance at a professional career was shattered after he went to prison.
Wainwright, 30, plays a teacher who falls in love with Timberlake’s character. But life seemed to imitate art in some revealing photos obtained by The Sun, which captured the costars enjoying some drinks on a balcony in New Orleans late at night.
As an apparently drunk Timberlake continued to sip on his drink, Wainwright was spotted stroking the singer’s knee, before he grabbed her hand.
“At one stage he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg,” a source told The Sun. “Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”
Timberlake was dressed in a simple pear of sweat pants and hoodie, clutching a coffee, as he arrived on set in New Orleans.
He later changed into his prison jumpsuit and started filming.
Why So Serious?
But he never smiled, even as he greeted friends with handshakes and hugs.
Witnesses were still talking about the shock of seeing the married singer and actor openly displaying affection for Wainwright, best known for her role as Maia Roberts on the Freeform television series Shadowhunters.
Talk It Out
According to observers, the pair were deep in conversation for about 40 minutes, before they disappeared inside the bar. It’s believed they left via a rear exit at about 12:30 a.m.
Drink It Out
One person said Timberlake, wearing a cap, ripped jeans, and a zip-up jacket, looked to have been drinking heavily as they sat chatting in the dark corner on a balcony at The Absinthe House, on Bourbon Street.
At one point, Timberlake gently caressed Wainwright’s hand.
He was seen smiling and locked in intimate conversation with his co-star, who stroked his back.
There has been no public reaction yet so far from Timberlake’s wife of seven years, actress Jessica Biel, who is also the mother of the couple’s son, Silas.
Trouble In Paradise?
Timberlake and Biel have been married since 2012, but it hasn’t always been a fairytale romance, and the couple sought counseling in 2018 after the actress made a light-hearted comment about her being a soccer mom.