A Nearly Unrecognizable Justin Guarini Stars in New Diet Dr Pepper Commercial
Does the guy in the new Diet Dr Pepper commercial look familiar to you?
Early American Idol fans, rejoice – it’s none other than Justin Guarini.
The 36-year-old singer and Broadway actor stars in the soda ad as “Lil’ Sweet.”
The commercial depicts a woman looking for a low-calorie but still-sweet beverage. Cue Guarini, who comes sliding in on his knees, dressed in a red wig and shiny metallic pants and hands her a Diet Dr Pepper.
The woman asks if Guarini works at the office and he sings back his response.
“No, Lil’ Sweet is self-employed,” he says as he slides back out of the office kitchen.
Guarini, best known known as the runner-up on American Idol‘s debut season in 2002, has since been working on independent film projects, hosting shows and starring on Broadway.
He is a father to two sons, William Neko, 3, and Asher, 2, and a stepdad to Lola with wife Reina Capodici.
Guarini currently stars on Broadway in the musical Paint Your Wagon.