Timothée is still in Europe promoting ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and you can see some videos from Italy and France below along with an interview with Peter Travers. Be sure to watch that until the end.
There are couple new interviews out by Vanity Fair and Film School Rejects, so check those out. Some excerpts below, as usual. I have also updated the gallery with images from The Late Late Show with James Corden a few photoshoots.
In many ways, the depth of the film’s love story depends on Chalamet’s ability to convey an unpredictable stream of teenage emotions—restlessness, lust, sensitivity, surliness—as his relationship with Hammer’s character blooms. When Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) first heard of Chalamet—from agent Brian Swardstrom—the filmmaker had already spent seven years trying to get an adaptation off the ground. Chalamet, who was 17 when he met Guadagnino, had just wrapped a recurring role on Showtime’s Homeland as Finn Walden, the troublemaker son of the vice president (Jamey Sheridan). But it wasn’t the actor’s résumé that impressed Guadagnino when they met for breakfast.
“I saw an incredibly articulate, bright, smart, artistically ambitious young man, someone who not only had a sense of self that was completely un-narcissistic but had ambition to make sure his art as an actor was shining on-screen,” Guadagnino said. Vanity Fair
Can you please tell me about your sleepover parties with James Ivory?
He’s a giant of cinema. Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, Maurice. There was a night I stayed with him and we watched Maurice together. He kind of dissected the film for me and drew out the similarities between that film and Call Me By Your Name. It would be a treat for any actor, but especially for a young actor to be around such a pioneer of filmmaking with that Merchant/Ivory catalog. Film School Rejects
Vulture released a spotlight piece on Timothée a few days ago and it’s worth the read. Some excerpts below.
Timothée also won another Best Actor award, this time from the LA Film Critics. Congratulations to him and also for ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for winning Best Picture.
Chalamet is on the verge of becoming a major actor, but to spend any time with him is to learn that he is still a big fan at heart. Just this week, after winning the Breakthrough Actor trophy at the Gotham Awards, an excited Chalamet used his speech to pay tribute to New York artists who inspire him — “John Leguizamo! Cardi B! Martin Scorsese!” he extolled — and now, thanks to Call Me by Your Name, Chalamet has devoted young fans of his own.
It helps that he has been too busy to fully indulge. The day after Call Me by Your Name’s triumphant debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Chalamet auditioned to play Steve Carell’s drug-addicted son in the drama Beautiful Boy, then had to quickly drop 20 pounds from his already-slim frame to commit to that role through the summer. “It was a great way to digest how Call Me by Your Name was being received, as a sidebar,” he said. “I was just trying to be disciplined and devoted to the work.” With that under his belt, and a Woody Allen film that Chalamet stars in but has not yet figured out how to address, he has begun preparing for his extensive Call Me by Your Name publicity tour by studying early interviews of LeBron James and Jennifer Lawrence on YouTube. “When I go back and watch her early press kits, or even LeBron’s, I’m so impressed because they were so poised and well-spoken.” Has he ever run into the Hunger Games star? “I did get to meet her once briefly,” Chalamet said, joking, “I camped out at a press line for Mother!”
Timmy was on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night and you can see some clips for his appearance below.
Variety has released it’s Actors on Actors interview Timothée did with Daniel Kaluuya of ‘Get Out’ fame. You can see that below along with a clip from ‘Lady Bird’ that was released by EW. The Tracking Board and The LA Times have also both released ‘Call Me By Your Name’ related interviews.
This has been an amazing year for you. Where do you go from here? How do you find a character like Elio in another movie? What are some of your goals for next year?
Patience and just the desire to work with good storytellers and good directors, and not necessarily in a lead capacity, as in the case of Lady Bird or Hostiles. And take any positive reception but with the understanding that the crux of the experience is doing it.
Are there any actors you’ve worked with who you’ve either turned to for advice or who’ve offered advice? What advice have you been given that you can share?
Well, just live for the moment and just to appreciate this period — and this is also from my own experience — because it’s certainly not always like this, and an actor’s career is unnatural if it isn’t filled with many ups and downs. Just live a day at a time almost.
Timothée attended the SAG-AFTRA screening of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ recently and you can see images in the gallery. There are also another new interview which you can read at Backstage.com.
What has the role of Elio in “Call Me by Your Name” added to your acting skills?
Really to just be and the confidence to just be. You know, I did this project called “Hostiles” in New Mexico two months [after “Call Me by Your Name”] with Christian Bale, and that’s an actor I’ve always admired and studied closely. And one of the amazing things I was inspired by on set with him was how little he reaches for moments or interesting behavioral things. And certainly, I would like to hope that with “Call Me by Your Name,” I was doing something similar, which is just being and keeping the artificial reaching for moments of interest to a minimum. If I learned anything to take to another set, even in projects I’ve done since or I’m going to do that are more exposition-oriented, [it is] that I’ll still be able to bring on this philosophy of just being and being faithful to the idea that an actor’s job, first and foremost—or perhaps in correlation with telling the story—is to do it believably.
In other news, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ has been nominated for several Indie Spirit awards, including an acting nod for Timmy.
Interviews about ‘Call Me By Your Name’ continue to make their way in print and video. You can read a new one at GQ and see the images in HQ in the gallery (along with some new movie stills). Timothée also did a DP/30 interview which you can view below.