Timothée gave a short interview to The New York Times accompanied by gorgeous new photoshoot images which you can see in the gallery in HQ. Sony Pictures Classics has also released new ‘Call Me By Your Name’ stills which you can also see in the gallery.
New Yorker Timothée Chalamet found his first major role not in an action movie or a comedy, but in something more nuanced — Luca Guadagnino’s ‘‘Call Me by Your Name,’’ in theaters this fall. ‘‘There were a number of things that appealed to me about the part,’’ the 21-year-old actor says of Elio, a precocious high schooler summering with his parents — and a visiting graduate student, a friend of his father’s — in their family seat in northern Italy. ‘‘One was its complexity; it’s rare to find a young character who has such a fierce inner struggle raging.’’
W Magazine published a new interview with Timothée, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg about ‘Call Me By Your Name’. You can read that here or some excerpts below. I have also added the two images from the interview to the gallery in higher quality than they are on the website.
In the TV show Homeland, Chalamet stole practically every scene he was in, and in Call Me by Your Name he is electrifying. His mix of raw awkwardness and puppy-like enthusiasm should be recognizable to anyone who has felt a deep longing that they didn’t totally understand.
“I first met with Luca when I was 17,” Chalamet, who is now 21, told me at the photo shoot for W. He was dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. “We had lunch, and Call Me by Your Name seemed far away from being real. It seemed unlikely that I would be the lead of the movie, or that the movie would happen at all. What I did know is that if the movie did manage to happen, Luca would have his fingerprints on every shot of the film. His superpower is his sensuality—his ability to make everything feel romantic.”
Timotheé’s featured in the July issue of ‘Interview Magazine’ talking about filming ‘Interstellar’, ‘Hostiles’, ‘Beautiful Boy’ and a few more things. You can read it here and see the images in the gallery.
Well, I’m in San Francisco right now, working on a project called Beautiful Boy, trying to follow in the footsteps of committed performances and performers—I’m playing a heroin and methamphetamine addict. I lost weight to help accurately capture the dark stages of the drug. I’ve been getting to work with Steve Carell and just feel like the luckiest kid in the world. I love being able to see how people sink into the material—like watching you work your way through scenes, trying new things, always keeping it fresh. I got to work with Christian Bale over the summer, on Hostiles. It’s so impressive to see you guys work. I want to attack and to lead my life with vigor, but I’m in the watching stage at the moment. Younger actors feel pressure to bring a pop to every scene, as the roles get bigger, I’m finding you can add layers and do less scene-to-scene.
Timothée gave a short interview for V Magazine about ‘Call Me By Your Name’. There’s also a new photoshoot image and you can check that out full size in the gallery.
When asked for his thoughts on the movie’s frank portrayal of the pair’s sexual encounters, Chalamet is quick to look beyond the sensational appeal. “First and foremost,” he underscores, “Call Me by Your Name is a story about love, and first loves, and unrequited, and then, later, requited love.” As with the fate of many a summer romance, Elio and Oliver’s ends. While the two orbit each other in the years to come, it is Elio alone who longs for Oliver. Nora Ephron perhaps summed up the topic of summer love best: “Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.”
Timothée spoke briefly to Variety about “Call Me By Your Name”. You can see a few snippets below and read the entire thing here. The site now also has a Twitter @timotheenet, so check that out!
Would you say the movie is a faithful adaptation?
I haven’t seen it! I don’t know. I’m trying to hold out. I want to see it in the theater too for the first time.
Did you have to audition?
Luca just offered it. I met with him over two years ago.
How did you prepare? Did you read the book in addition to the script?
I read the book a couple of times. I went out to Crema, Italy, which is where Luca lives and shot the film. I went out there a month and a half early and worked diligently on my Italian, which was OK but wasn’t as good as I got it by the time we shot. And I worked on the piano and guitar playing. I spent a lot of time in a small town in France, growing up. I had an understanding of what small-town European life was like. But the Italian version of that would be different. I would literally sit in the town square to see what life was like out there. I met a group of young kids my age that didn’t know I was an actor, and I got to go out with them on weekends.