Justin Timberlake: 'Why Not Do Everything?'

EW: Do you think it's dangerous to wait so long? Christina Aguilera waited four years between albums, and her fans don't seem to care about her right now.
Timberlake If you're asking me, no. I never stop making music. I don't know what else to tell you, except that I just don't know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore.

EW: That sounds very final.
Timberlake No. All I'm saying is, in very simple terms, I'll know when I know. And until I know, I don't know. Every time I've gone against my gut, I've made the wrong decision. Call that New Agey if you like. I don't give a s---. I know that I could wake up next year one day and be like, ''Hey, I want to go on tour again, so I want to put a record out.''

EW: In the meantime, what do you want to do in film that you haven't yet?
Timberlake You talk about film with me, I'm like an open flesh wound. But in the good ways, too. Sensitive to everything, sensitive to what could be great, afraid of success and afraid of failure.

EW: Would you want to play a super-hero like Andrew Garfield is about to do with Spider-Man?
Timberlake I don't think so. I tested for one [rumored to be The Green Lantern]. I don't think I'm the superhero type. I think it's important to know when you're not the guy.

EW: How about a movie musical?
Timberlake It's so funny you said that. There's something in my brain that's been brewing and brewing and brewing. I'd be happy to talk about it when it comes to fruition in this playground. [Points to his head]

EW: How was it working with Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher?
Timberlake Holy s---. It is so f---ing funny. You'll love Cameron in this movie. She's so funny. Like, Bill Murray in her body. It's weird when it first hits you, but you're like, ''I like this side of her.''

EW: You've already won two Emmys and a few Grammys. So you're halfway to an EGOT, to use 30 Rock's term. What's going to be harder for you to get, an Oscar or a Tony?
Timberlake Why would you think I would ever answer that question? There's no answer I could ever give you that would not make me sound like the biggest a--hole on the planet. My mother's going to read this, bro! She'll be like, ''You sound like a little a--hole!'' I'll tell you this: Getting a laugh on SNL means as much as winning a Grammy. Listen, I've won Grammys that I didn't think I should have won and I've lost ones when I thought I wrote a really great record. It's not important. In a lot of ways the Emmy kind of means more to me than a Grammy. Because it's the kind of thing that I don't think I would ever expect to have. This is how my brain works: I just think that it's fantastic that there's an Emmy that exists that has the word ''D---'' on it. That's funny.

Originally posted Oct 01, 2010 Published in issue #1123 Oct 08, 2010 Order article reprints