In the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, he plays the title character’s bad-boy love interest. His “Kyle” plays in a band, rebels against authority and likes to ponder deep philosophical questions. Everything a high school girl is drawn to, right?
He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Call Me By Your Name, in which he plays Elio, a 17 year old living with his family in northern Italy for his father’s archeological research project. (At 22, he’s the youngest nominee for the honor since 1939!) In the summer of 1983, Elio’s dad invites Oliver (Armie Hammer) — an American graduate student helping with the project — to come stay with them, and a forbidden relationship soon forms between Elio and Oliver. It’s a coming-of-age tale with gorgeous scenery, incredible performances (especially the final long take of just Chalamet’s face) and one thing teenager-centric movies don’t often have: truly empathetic parents. Michael Stuhlbarg’s turn as Elio’s dad was especially heartwarming.
Hostiles might be a little less well known, but it’s yet another superb film. It’s set in 1892 and stars Christian Bale as a captain charged with returning a dying Indian war chief back to his tribal homeland in Montana while also keeping an eye on a suicidal widow whose family was recently brutally murdered by a different Indian tribe. Chalamet plays the youngest member of Bale’s team on this dangerous journey.
So where did Chalamet come from? Despite his French name, he was actually born and raised in Manhattan (but his father is French) and has been acting since 2008 — some of you might remember him from Season 2 of Showtime’s Homeland, where he played the Vice President’s son/Dana Brody’s bad-boy crush. (Am I sensing a trend here?) He can also be spotted in Interstellar playing the younger version of Casey Affleck’s character.
While Timothée’s had an action-packed 2017 and 2018 to date, he’s not slowing down any time soon. I’m sensing that his next film — Beautiful Boy, based on the bestselling memoir of the same name about a desperate and helpless father whose son is addicted to meth — is going to be yet another award-worthy entry in his acting portfolio. He’ll play the troubled son, with Steve Carell playing his dad. I already have my tissues ready.
So what do you think? Does Timothée Chalamet have a long and successful career ahead of him in Hollywood or what? My answer is: absolutely!