Todd Plitt, USA TODAY
Timberlake voices Boo Boo, left, in Yogi Bear, opening Dec. 17. / Yogi Bear
Exactly what can't he do? For the holiday season, Justin Timberlake's back to showing off his Saturday Night Live-certified comic chops as squeaky-voiced Boo Boo in the upcoming kids' movie Yogi Bear (opening Dec. 17). His turn as an animated bear comes on the heels of a rather different big-screen role: as real-life tech guru Sean Parker in the Oscar-buzz-generating film The Social Network.
"I feel like I'm constantly learning, and that's a great place to be," says Timberlake, 29. The six-time Grammy winner's focus on film means no new music is on the way. "I've wanted to do film for a while. I'm not afraid to do it."
So what else is up for the budding movie star this holiday season? We asked the multi-talented Timberlake to tell us.
In his Santa bag: "Anytime when you can zone in on one thing somebody said they needed and get that for them, that's always the best gift," says Timberlake, who usually heads home to Memphis for the holidays. "So it's usually small things."
On top of his wish list: Hands-down it's "the California Wine Club," he says. Timberlake gets to sample a new vintage each month courtesy of his mother, Lynn. "It's the gift that keeps on giving. She gets it for me every year, and I love it."
Personal wish: "ust some sleep."Timberlake started shooting the sci-fi movie Now in October with Olivia Wilde.
Professional wish: "Listen, I have three movies coming out in the next year, so I'm hoping that people like [them]," he says, including comedies Bad Teacher with his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz and Friends With Benefits opposite Mila Kunis. " just hope to continue to be inspired because I feel really lucky to be doing what I'm doing."
Favorite holiday memory: "I had three cousins; we all were about 8 or 9 years old," Timberlake says. "We were all sitting in the den, and I remember my grandfather disappeared, and then 20 minutes later, they told me they heard Santa Claus outside. We went running outside, and there were four four-wheelers. It was like, 'Whoa! Santa is real!' "
Secret wish: Timberlake, who lives part time in New York and has an open invitation to pop in on SNL, says he's game for a cast role if he has time. "I could totally see living here for a season and doing [it]."