Who is Timothée Chalamet ?
Timothée Hal Chalamet (born December 27, 1995) is an American actor. He has received several accolades throughout his career, including nominations for an Academy Award, three BAFTA Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Chalamet began his acting career in short films and commercials, before appearing in the television drama series Homeland in 2012. Two years later, he made his feature film debut in the comedy-drama Men, Women & Children and subsequently appeared in the science-fiction film Interstellar.
Chalamet’s breakthrough came in 2017 with his role as Elio Perlman in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romantic drama Call Me by Your Name, after which he appeared in the coming-of-age films Hot Summer Nights and Lady Bird as well as the western film Hostiles. His performance in Call Me by Your Name earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor; at 22 years old, it made him the third-youngest nominee in the category. He then played Nic Sheff in the autobiographical drama Beautiful Boy (2018), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Film Award. In 2019, Chalamet starred as Henry V of England and Theodore « Laurie » Laurence in the period dramas The King and Little Women, respectively. In 2021, he played the lead role of Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s epic science fiction film Dune.
On stage, Chalamet starred in John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical play Prodigal Son in 2016, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award and garnered a nomination for a Drama League Award.
Timothée Hal Chalamet was born on December 27, 1995, in New York City, and grew up in the federally subsidized artists’ building Manhattan Plaza, in Hell’s Kitchen. He has an older sister, Pauline (born in 1992), who is an actress. His mother, Nicole Flender, is a third-generation New Yorker of half Russian Jewish and half Austrian Jewish descent. She is a real estate broker at The Corcoran Group, and a former Broadway dancer; Flender earned her bachelor’s degree in French from Yale University, and has been a language and dance teacher. His French father, Marc Chalamet, is an editor for the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and former New York correspondent for Le Parisien. Marc is from Nîmes and is of a Protestant Christian background. Timothée’s paternal grandmother, who had moved to France, was originally Canadian of British descent. On his mother’s side, he is a nephew of husband-and-wife filmmakers and producers Amy Lippman and Rodman Flender.
Chalamet is fluent in both English and French, and holds dual United States and French citizenship. Growing up, Chalamet spent summers in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small French village two hours away from Lyon, at the home of his paternal grandparents. He stated that his time in France led to cross-cultural identity issues. « Once I was there, I became the French version of myself, » he told La Presse. « I was completely imbued with the culture, and I even dreamed in French. » His childhood dream was to become a professional soccer player, saying, « I was a coach at a soccer camp in France. I coached six to ten-year-olds when I was around thirteen. »
Chalamet attended PS 87 William T. Sherman School for elementary school, and later the selective Delta program at MS 54 Booker T. Washington Middle School, which he described as a « miserable three years » due to the lack of a creative outlet within the school’s academically rigorous environment. His acceptance into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts was a turning point in his appreciation for acting. He stated, « I had some excellent teachers and really fell in love with it. I saw that it could be and should be treated as a craft. » Harry Shifman, his sophomore-year drama teacher at LaGuardia, was so impressed by his audition that he insisted on Chalamet’s acceptance into the school even though he had been rejected in the interview (due to his middle school record), saying « I gave him the highest score I’ve ever given a kid auditioning. » During high school, Chalamet dated Madonna’s daughter Lourdes (« Lola ») Leon, a fellow student, for a year. He starred in school musicals as Emcee in Cabaret and Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity, graduating in 2013. He is also a YoungArts alumnus.
After high school, Chalamet (still aged 17) attended Columbia University for one year, majoring in cultural anthropology. He later transferred to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study to pursue his acting career more freely, having found it difficult to assimilate to Columbia directly after filming Interstellar. Upon leaving Columbia, Chalamet moved to Concourse, Bronx.