3 reasons why Timothée Chalamet is having a very big year in film
By Bob Strauss
Timothée Chalamet is having his Wow Year.
The 21-year-old actor is the prince of awards season indies with his lead role in the acclaimed first love drama “Call Me by Your Name,” a perfect supporting turn in what many consider a perfectly crafted film, “Lady Bird,” and next month he’s playing every boy’s dream, a cavalry soldier, in the Western “Hostiles.”
Talking to the New York native, it quickly becomes clear that Chalamet has earned this breakout moment. Yes, he is clearly and versatilely talented, and his fervid fans will be pleased to know that his black mop of hair is an unruly marvel in real life too, while his skinny frame looks good even when he’s wearing a sweater with eagle heads on it.
However, it’s the vibrantly intelligent way that the actor – who bounces in and out of Manhattan’s finer universities as his career demands permit – speaks that really indicates why this guy is the hottest thing in movies.
“The approach I’ve had to auditioning and choosing what projects to do the last couple of years, the two most important parts of that process are the directors and the stories that are being told,” says Chalamet, who comes from a show business family on his mother’s side (his French father works for UNICEF) and attended the “Fame” school for performing arts in New York. “With ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Hostiles’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ those are three unique, and each important in their own ways, stories with filmmakers like Greta Gerwig and Scott Cooper and Luca Guadagnino, who are contemporaneously groundbreaking.
“And working with Christian Bale, Saoirse Ronan, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg at a young age, you learn a lot by osmosis, certainly when you’re acting,” Chalamet adds, listing some co-stars from the current three. “So […]