Timothée Chalamet makes the rounds for just about everything:
brunching with Larry David, goofing off with Zendaya, wearing a sequined harness, and changing ’dos. But, of course, his body of work is even more impressive and worth a deep dive if you don’t partake in regular Timothée-themed movie nights.
From his turns in period dramas
and The King Little Women to futuristic intergalactic films like he’s been in several critically-acclaimed titles and even earned an Oscar nomination at 22 for his moving performance in Interstellar, (His Call Me by Your Name. rap with Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live is equally noteworthy, and we’re waiting on a Grammy nom for that one.)
Chalamet being in back-to-back films (the sci-fi megahit and Wes Anderson's Dune ) premiering this week The French Dispatch — it’s just not enough. Luckily, there’s way more of Timmy to come. He’s currently singing and dancing as he films Wonka, for which fans await his take on Roald Dahl’s famed chocolate manufacturer pre-candy empire. The sequel to Dune was also just been confirmed. But if you can’t wait for Timmy’s musical stylings and his return to the sandy deserts, here are some of his best movies and TV shows to watch to tide you over. Dune
A sword-wielding, future-seeing Chalamet fulfills his destiny as a soon-to-be powerful prophet in the first
Dune film. He plays Paul Atreides, son of Oscar Isaac’s Leto, duke and steward of Arrakis. When rival nations stage a coup to claim a sandy desert planet with a coveted spice worth warring for, Paul and his mom, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), must find their way to safety — and to the girl of his literal dreams, Chani ( Zendaya). Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, and Jason Momoa also join Dennis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel. Interstellar
For a glimpse of a young Chalamet, consider the 2014 sci-fi epic
directed and co-written by Interstellar, Christopher Nolan. In it, Chalamet plays a young Tom, son of NASA pilot Cooper ( Matthew McConaughey), who heads to space to try and save the world with Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately for young Tom, he seemed to be more of an afterthought through Cooper’s lifelong intergalactic gallop than his sister Murphy (Mackenzie Foy and Jessica Chastain).
The actor even
joked about it years later with TIME, saying, “I remember seeing it and weeping. Sixty percent because I was so moved by it, and 40 percent because I’d thought I was in the movie so much more than I am.” Call Me by Your Name
Perhaps Chalamet’s most iconic role to date is as Elio Perlman in the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age film
Call Me by Your Name. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel by André Aciman, Timmy plays the young Italian — yes, he speaks Italian in this — who falls in love with Oliver ( Armie Hammer), an American exchange student temporarily staying with his family in the picturesque Italian countryside. Notable scenes are sprinkled throughout the movie, particularly Chalamet’s beautiful breakdown in front of a fire and that sparked endless memes. the peach moment
Even the Academy Award-nominating body approved of Chalamet’s performance, giving him a Best Actor nod at 22, making him the third-youngest actor
ever to be nominated in the category. Of his “awesome” movie, the actor told W, “I probably won’t say this about everything I’m in in my career, but this is really a movie I’m very proud of.” The King
As King Henry V or Hal, Chalamet bears the new burden of leading a kingdom on the brink of war — all while
sporting a bowl cut. His father just passed away, and the young monarch can’t trust anyone, especially not the French dauphin Louis, played by Robert Pattinson with a bonkers accent. Directed by David Michôd, the war film is also where Chalamet met his ex-girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp.
Deadline about his casting decision, Michôd said, “I knew that if I was casting a 22-year-old New Yorker to play Henry V, he was going to have to do a lot of work. I had every faith that he would do it. I haven’t had that feeling before. I was just so sure that someone so young would just do it and find it and make it great." Lady Bird
Little Women, Chalamet starred opposite Ronan in Gerwig’s , an emotional Lady Bird portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship that raked in five Oscar nominations. The eccentric Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) doesn’t quite fit in at her Catholic high school, so she tries to fit in elsewhere — Chalamet’s gang of misfits. He plays the “worldly” (read: douchebag) Kyle Scheible, a bass drummer in the indie band L’Enfance Nue who Lady Bird desperately tries to impress, and the two develop a romance based on deceit (ugh, Kyle). Simply put, Chalamet in this role is “hella tight.” Lil Timmy Tim
Before Chalamet was acting in big-budget films, he first donned the persona of rapper Lil Timmy Tim. A true gift from the YouTube archives, a young — sorry, lil — Chalamet performs a rap medley during his time at prestigious Manhattan arts school Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. He asks the audience to jump several times before going on a semi-autobiographical verse: “Oui, je suis from France.” There’s even a mini striptease before he cosplays as Nicki Minaj and delivers “Roman’s Revenge” in a bubblegum pink wig. Let him impress you with his big dance moves and confidence, a complete persona shift from his typical demure demeanor.
“I just had it,” he told Graham Norton on
The Graham Norton Show about Lil Timmy Tim before sharing he once rapped about — checks notes — statistics as part of his exam. He got a D for it. Saturday Night Live
Timmy’s debut as an
SNL host in December 2020 was a huge success, but his most memorable run on the show was when he harkened back to his rap roots and spit rhymes (sort of) with Davidson for the “Rap Roundtable” skit. With pink hair and multi-colored nails, they performed the obnoxious “Yeet! Remix” with the sparsest of lyrics — mostly skrrrts and yeets.
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