Timothée is featured in the new issue of shortlist magazine. You can read the article here and see the images in the gallery in their full glory.
Chalamet’s meteoric rise, following a year in which Hollywood was tipped on its head, makes him one of the most interesting young men of 2018; remaining a powerful ally to the LGBT community, being vocal when men three times his age are silent; becoming the youngest Best Actor nominee at the Oscars since 1944 and knowing all the lyrics to Bodak Yellow. All of which we’ll get to, just as soon as he’s back from the doctors.
“Please, don’t hate me,” he says, in his car, during one of our conversations. We’ve been talking about the best bagels in New York – Tompkins Square Bagels, FYI – when Chalamet breaks the news that he needs to go for a physical. Like, now. “Are you going to kill me? I won’t be long! Promise. I’m really looking forward to continuing our cross-pond conversation. I mean it.”
A week later. It’s late. My phone rings. “Umm, hey,” he says. “I thought you might be asleep by now. No, I’m kidding. So, I have a good bill of health… I was getting a kind of regimen in order for a project. Just getting a bit of a head start. I’m back, so ask me anything.”
Anything? OK, what’s on his reading list at the moment? He thinks. “Hmm. What can I not put down… hang on.” He sets the phone aside and I can hear his footsteps thump around the house. “Hello? I have one. It’s called Turn Up The Heat: Unlock The Fat-Burning Power Of Your Metabolism.”
Timothée gave an interview for ‘Awards Chatter’, The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast. You can hear the whole thing here.
“It’s a dream come true in many ways,” says the 22-year-old actor Timothee Chalamet as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast and begin discussing the last year in his life. During that time, he has appeared in three widely acclaimed films — Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name — two of which are nominated for the best picture Oscar (Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name). Moreover, for his portrayal of Elio, a young man who falls in love while on summer holiday in Italy, in Call Me by Your Name, he recently became the youngest best actor Oscar nominee in 78 years (since Mickey Rooney was nominated for Babes in Arms) and the first person born in the 1990s to receive a nomination for that award. On March 4, he could become the youngest person ever to win it. The specialness of what Chalamet is experiencing does not escape him: “This is a great moment,” he says with a smile.
Timothée graces the cover of the March issue of GQ. You can read the interview here, see images in the gallery in HQ and read a few excerpts below as well.
His is a brimming exuberance that’s reined in by a sober conscientiousness. Often there seem to be two competing forces pulling at either arm: the desire to let everything in, to not take any of this good fortune for granted, while also contending with a constant low-level fear of losing the thing he’s only just grabbed hold of. “Fuck yeah, while it’s going on, I’m going to enjoy every second of this—it sounds cheesy, but I think of myself as an actor third, an artist second, and a fan first,” he said. “But I have genuine fear of having the inability to replicate this moment again.”
He’s self-critical and cautious. He’s skeptical of “the artificial maturity that can accompany young actors.” He repeats often “that the male brain doesn’t fully develop until 25.” He’s wary of the pitfalls of early success and thinks constantly about fucking it up. It’s imperative to him that he not be “a flash in the pan, or do anything to encourage the idea that this is a moment, and a flavor of the month.… I look at the road map for young male actors, for young actors, and it’s not particularly healthy.” One way to protect himself, he knows, is to show up and make it clear how entirely appreciative he is of everything that’s happened this fall and winter, but then to disappear as quickly as possible back into a new project, back into the work.
Timothée attended two events yesterday, the Oscars Luncheon and The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night. You can see images from both in the gallery. He also gave two short interviews to VMan magazine. First he answered questions for Xavier Dolan and then had a chat with Frank Ocean. You can read some excerpts from both below. The interviews were accompanied by a new photoshoot which you can also see in the gallery along with another photoshoot for a French magazine Les Inrockuptibles (the interview is behind a paywall unfortunately for those who speak French).
XD Oh, everybody has spoiled that already! Thank you, you’re very sweet. So, what kind of artist are you? What are you looking for in your experiences with directors?
TC I look for a certain feeling, and I wouldn’t know how to describe it, but I know I’m always chasing it. I don’t quite know what it is that I’m after. I always like to think that the art doesn’t take place on screen, but in the audience member’s head. At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just “be.” That’s why I’m so impressed with your films, because you’re doing an incredible job just “being,” which is all I’m focused on while working. But you’re also weaving and keeping the story synchronized.
FO It seems like a good change of pace sometimes to do physically demanding films—the space, superhero, aggressive, big-budget action films.
TC Exactly. The project I’m jumping into is exactly that. I’m going to put on 25 pounds—I’m like a skinny little shit right now. Listen, I saw that one of your favorite films is The Master.
There’s a new interview with Timmy and Saoirse Ronan in The New York Times. Be sure to check it out. You can read some excerpts below and see a few images in the gallery.
Timothée and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ also did well at the Dorian awards, winning Best Movie, Best Actor and the Rising Star awards.
Favorite coming-of-age films. Go!
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET The one that took hold of me was a book, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which was made into a movie later. It’s written in a way that only a young person could speak. And the unabashed lostness of the protagonist …
TC When you get to act in things as good as “Lady Bird” or “Call Me by Your Name,” you’ve got a huge responsibility to do them truthfully. So that young people watching can say, “I see myself on that screen!” What if I can’t do it?
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!”
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