A Day in the Life of Lance Bass, former NSYNC frontman of “Unicorn Hunters”
- Former NSYNC member Lance Bass has become a producer and start-up investor since the group’s disbandment.
- Bass develops and presents several TV show and film projects, including a boy band competition.
- He invited Insider for a day of reunions to his house filled with Halloween-Christmas mashup decor.
To millennials, Lance Bass is best known as the low-voice member of NYSNC, the boy group that dominated radio and MTV in the late 1990s with their catchy singles and kinetic choreography.
But for some Gen Zers, the 42-year-old is America’s self-proclaimed “Guncle” (gay uncle), frequently posting comedic updates to TikTok (1.1 million subscribers) and Instagram (732,000 subscribers) about living in LA with her husband, artist Michael Turchin.
Since NSYNC’s last studio album, “Celebrity,” in 2001, Bass has worked to reinvent himself. The Mississippi native was released in 2006, published an autobiography in 2007, appeared in films like “Wes Craven’s Cursed” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”, played a role in the Broadway musical “Hairspray “and invested in companies like Therabody, maker of Theragun. He is also a co-owner of Rocco’s Bar in West Hollywood, which opened in 2019, and he plans to open a new WeHo nightclub in October.
After completing the second half of the first season of the “Unicorn Hunters” reality series, which will air later this year, Bass is keen to support a wider variety of startups because of the show. “Licorn Hunters” features companies like Intrommune, which develops therapies for food allergies, and allows viewers to invest in them by registering on the show’s website.
Bass also develops and presents several film and television projects, including an untitled docuseries from the creators and writers of “Narcos” on Lou Pearlman – the disgraced producer and svengali behind NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison. term to run a Ponzi scheme.
Insider recently spent a day with Bass at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., A modern one-story mansion with a pool and rolling hillside views, where he offered a glimpse of its elaborate fall decor and various business activities.
After a long night in West Hollywood, Bass got up around 8:00 a.m. to practice.
Bass had been up late the night before, attending an annual party at the abbey, one of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, organized by Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton and Nikki Hilton to raise funds and collect toy donations for Children’s Hospital LA. (Bass bar, Rocco’s, is about two blocks away.)
“I have never seen so many toys in my life,” Bass said.
After a 45-minute workout on his Tonal weight machine, Bass was delivered Starbucks iced coffee, egg white sous vide egg bites, as well as coffee and a baby wrap. lunch for his assistant, delivered to his home as he prepared for a full day of meetings.
At 10:00 am, he pitched a television program via Zoom.
Bass is passionate about “Show Choir”, a docu-series that he presents that would plunge into the competitive world of high school choirs. The idea was inspired by his experience as a teenager attending Attache, a high school performance choir in Clinton, Mississippi.
“It was life changing to have a director like David Fehr,” Bass said, recalling that the demanding Fehr could make his cronies cry. “But what we learned was that it prepared us for life – and especially for life in the entertainment world.”
At 11:00 am, Bass held a meeting with his manager and development manager.
Each week, Bass holds a meeting via
to talk about the projects he is developing or presenting, including the concept of an over-the-top dating show dubbed “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Boy Band Wars,” a reality show competition series where he and Nick Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys, play and train two groups of artists competing for a cash prize.
“It was always England versus America that had the best boy bands,” Bass said. “Now K-pop has come in and just wiped out everyone, hasn’t it? So Nick Carter and I decided that we were going to have a little friendly competition to see who could make the next big band. American boys. “
He recorded a podcast episode around 12:30 p.m.
Bass recorded an appearance on “Meet the Mentor,” a weekly podcast that interviews mentoring personalities in different industries. Bass recalled his experiences becoming a member of NSYNC and finally came out in 2006 on the cover of People magazine.
“The ’90s were another time, and coming out of the closet in the music industry was a career killer,” Bass explained. “I thought… anytime if someone guessed me, it would destroy our group, like the group would be.
Bass also offered advice to aspiring musicians looking to get into entertainment.
“I think the most important thing for new artists today is to take a business course … well, no, then you don’t have to be in this business.”
At 1:30 p.m., Bass and Turchin called their pediatrician.
After years of trying to have children through IVF and surrogacy, the couple are finally expecting twins – a boy and a girl – this fall. For now, Bass and Turchin are gearing up, building a nursery, and seeing their pediatrician for advice. Since the twins are being born in Tacoma, Washington, will they need anything special for the flight to Los Angeles? Are some infant formulas better than others?
Bass showed me a disturbing video around 2:00 p.m.
Between meetings, Bass showed me a disturbing video, captured by his home security system several days before, of a naked intruder clutching his crotch as he ran outside their house and knocked on their doorstep. door before being taken away by the police.
Unsurprisingly, the incident prompted Bass to order another Ring security camera.
He held his last project meeting at 2:30 p.m.
Next up: a film project Bass comes up loosely based on his teenage prom experience with his then-girlfriend Danielle Fishel (“Boy Meets World”). Back then, Fishel divided his time between class on the set of “Boy Meets World” and high school.
“It was such a crazy night, because half the students didn’t like it because they were jealous,” Bass said. “She didn’t care, because she just knew it would end up losing her virginity.”
Fishel did not lose his virginity that night.
Starting at 3 p.m., Bass and Turchin continued to decorate their home for the fall vacation, a multi-day process.
Each year around this time, Bass and Turchin decorate their home with a look best described as a Halloween-Christmas mashup, in part thanks to a partnership Bass has with Treetopia, which sells colorful artificial Christmas trees online. Between the two holidays, the couple expect to adorn the house with at least 25 Christmas trees adorned with decorations.
After several hours of decorating, Bass planned to visit his next nightclub in West Hollywood to check on his progress; he says it will be the largest nightclub on the west coast. (He doesn’t have a name yet.)
“When I kind of went to clubs in the late 90s and early 2000s here in Los Angeles you would go out and dance the night away,” Bass recalls. “That was what it was about, and now people don’t really dance anymore. So I want to bring back a nightclub where we have the best dance floor with an amazing stage and amazing performances.” Miley Cyrus is on her wishlist.
Bass planned to write and work on project ideas until around midnight.
“I’m a night owl, man,” Bass said. “This is when I do some of my best work.”