In today’s world, everyone is always looking for the next big thing. Whether that be the next big app, the next social crazy, the next bitcoin, or the next big celebrity. Well, when it comes to the last topic on that list, I can assure you, I have the answer. In case you’ve been living under a rock as of late, let me tell you a little something about Timothée Chalamet.
In this past year alone, he starred in the incredible Lady Bird… Hostiles… and also delivered an Oscar nominated performance in Call me by Your Name – Making him the youngest ‘Best Actor’ nominee in nearly 80 years. When I first saw CMBYN, I knew right then and there, this man would be a mainstay in film for as long as he so desires.
First off, here are some fun facts for you all.
- As great of an actor as Timothée is, he tended to be runner-up in many school plays. That’s because Ansel Elgort attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts at the same time.
- While at LaGuardia, Timothée pursued a rap career under the name Lil’ Timmy Tim. No, this is not a joke. He actually wrote a song about how much he loved his high school statistics teacher, Ms. Lawton. Go find it… it is actually worth the listen.
- Most likely you have seen him before without even knowing it. His first big Hollywood film was when he played the young version of Casey Affleck’s character Tom in Interstellar. He also had a smaller role in the television show Homeland.
- Timothée dated Madonna’s daughter for several years. Hey now.
Oh, and by the way… he was almost Spider-Man. The role as we know it went to Tom Holland, but according to multiple sources, Timothée was a strong candidate if Holland had passed on the role.
Chalamet’s talent is decades beyond his age. Most actors go their entire lives without being Oscar nominated, at 22 he has already done it and let’s be serious, he could have had a chance to be nominated with his role in Lady Bird alone. His expertise is consistently proven with the utmost dedication in his portrayals.
In CMBYN, he arrived to the sets location weeks before anyone else did so he could get a sense of the people, the culture, the atmosphere, and what it would have been like to be Elio. In a recent interview, he stated “We got to be in Italy for three months. We learned Italian, the piano and the guitar… I already knew how to speak French, but I picking up Italian for me was essential for this role.”
Many actors who are put in a bit of a foreign language position, either read cue cards when speaking or memorize the lines without fully knowing the meaning. Timothée, though, went all out and made it a requirement to dive head first into a new culture to fully give an authentic performance. I hope I speak for everyone when I say that he did indeed deliver, in an astounding way.
But you can also not take my word for it, you can take it from his co-stars. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey said ,“He’s a good young man. I played his father in Interstellar and I saw a natural talent and a real confidence. And when you see his work in Call Me By Your Name, it is a fierce man… He’s dangerous in that performance and completely natural. He didn’t have a false moment and he’s certainly here to stay.” 3x Oscar nominated co-star in Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan said that “It’s all new for him, and it’s hard to know what’s gonna happen or what to expect, but he’s handling it so well. His work is so good, and you can tell that’s what important to him.”
On top of his dedication to his art, he is an incredibly down to Earth guy. Read the article that GQ did on him where he goes into his love of basketball, Frank Ocean, his family, and his community. If you’re too lazy to go find that article, go watch video of him during the Oscars and look at his freakin’ body language. He was all smiles, sitting on the edge of his seat – His body leaning towards the stage like he couldn’t get enough of the excitement. This man is relatable and approachable, qualities that will grow him into Hollywood’s next icon.
Now I really don’t like to compare actors because every artist has their own flare to what they do, but I can’t help seeing Leonardo DiCaprio in Timothée. Both had smaller roles in movies and TV shows before their big break, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and CMBYN. Both also earned Oscar nominations for those very performances. Their dedication to their roles only furthers the proof of them being masters of their craft. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape catapulted Leo’s career and the same will be said about CMBYN and Chalamet. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Timothée, but I can tell you that this is merely the beginning.
By Nick Weninger