12 Surprising Facts About Timothée Chalamet
Everything's coming up Timothée Chalamet. Ever since the actor’s breakout performance in 2017’s Call Me By Your Name (for which the then-22-year-old earned an Oscar nomination) Chalamet has taken over Hollywood—and the dreams of adoring fans all over the world. In 2021, he’ll star in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic adaptation of Dune, and Adam McKay's Don’t Look Up, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, for Netflix. The New York City native is also preparing for his most daring role yet: (hot) Willy Wonka. If you aren’t already familiar with Chalamet, don’t worry, you’re about to be.
1. Timothée Chalamet went to high school with Ansel Elgort.
Both Chalamet and Elgort attended New York City’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Other famous alums include Jennifer Aniston, Awkwafina, and Nicki Minaj; Elgort graduated in 2012, Chalamet in 2013. “They were both popular. They were both like rock stars, in a school full of rock stars,” Harry Shifman, the drama teacher who directed them in school plays and musicals, told Vanity Fair in 2018. “Everybody recognized them as being particularly gifted.”
2. Timothée Chalamet has a rapper alter-ego named “Lil’ Timmy Tim.”
Back when Chalamet was a high school student, he created a music video as “Lil’ Timmy Tim” for his statistics teacher. Four years after he graduated, when he shot to stardom thanks to Call Me By Your Name in 2017, that video went viral. Ellen DeGeneres even played the clip during an appearance on her show and learned that despite all the effort, the teacher only gave him a D+ grade.
3. Timothée Chalamet auditioned for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
At the Los Angeles Critics Association Awards in 2018, when he was receiving the Best Actor Award for Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet shared a story about auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming. “I read twice and I left sweating in a total panic,” he told the audience, per The Hollywood Reporter. It’s unclear whether he read for the actual role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man or someone else, but the door remains open for a future Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance.
4. Timothée Chalamet learned how to drive on the set of Beautiful Boy.
Chalamet starred opposite Steve Carell in the 2018 drama Beautiful Boy. According to a 2020 profile in GQ, Chalamet learned how to drive on the set because he had to film scenes where his character drives. (He grew up in New York City—give him a break.)
5. Timothée Chalamet brought bagels to a film premiere.
After he was spotted grabbing a bagel at Tompkins Square Bagels in New York City, a fan asked if Chalamet was bringing some to the New York premiere of The King. And he did. According to reports, he brought a bag full of bagels and doled them out to fans. On the red carpet, he told Paper that his bagel order was a classic “bacon egg and cheese.”
6. Timothée Chalamet is best friends with Saoirse Ronan (he thinks).
Chalamet has worked with Saoirse Ronan twice, in Lady Bird and Little Women—both films directed by Greta Gerwig. "Saoirse’s one of my best friends in the world—at least I think we’re best friends,” he told GQ in 2020 while promoting Little Women.
7. Timothée Chalamet dropped out of Columbia University.
Chalamet spent a year at Columbia University, studying cultural anthropology, just as his career started taking off. He ended up dropping out after his first year in 2014, just before the release of Interstellar (his first major motion picture role). “I just couldn’t figure out the balance,” he told Interview Magazine of juggling a budding career with college. “So I left school after a year, got an apartment in the Bronx, where I had some family years ago, and have since been getting a nice steady stream of work.”
8. Timothée Chalamet is bilingual.
Chalamet’s father is French and he himself is fluent in the language. He’s even done full interviews in French. And speaking with Matthew McConaughey for Interview Magazine, Chalamet said that he was fairly confident in his Italian skills after having filmed Call Me By Your Name there for three months.
9. Timothée Chalamet donated his A Rainy Day In New York salary to Time’s Up.
As the Time’s Up movement took hold in 2018, Chalamet publicly announced that he would donate the salary he earned from working on the Woody Allen film A Rainy Day In New York to Time’s Up, the LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN. “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram.
10. Timothée Chalamet is Kid Cudi’s biggest fan.
For as long as he’s been in the spotlight, Chalamet has been praising Kid Cudi in the press. He even said on The Tonight Show that he “wouldn’t be acting” if it weren’t for the artist. The two have developed a friendship over the years, famously having dinner together with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Pete Davidson in 2019.
11. Timothée Chalamet studied interviews of Jennifer Lawrence and LeBron James before his first big press tour.
To prepare for his first major press tour for Call Me By Your Name in 2017, Chalamet told Vulture that he went back and watched videos of Jennifer Lawrence and LeBron James to see how they handled the press early in their careers. “When I go back and watch [Jennifer's] early press kits, or even LeBron’s, I’m so impressed because they were so poised and well-spoken,” he said at the time.
12. Timothée Chalamet really, really loves The Office.
Chalamet is a huge fan of The Office, so he was a bit starstruck when he ended up playing the son of Steve Carell and Amy Ryan—The Office’s dynamic duo of Michael Scott and Holly Flax (later Holly Scott)—in Beautiful Boy. He actually kept his fandom a secret while they were filming. “I didn’t want to weird him out,” Chalamet told W Magazine. Carell only found out about Chalamet's Dunder Mifflin obsession when they were promoting the film.