Photo: Timothée Chalamet
Biography of Timothée Chalamet
“My career never went straight up, it was a continuous zigzag,” says Timothée Chalamet, an American actor who received his first Oscar nomination at 22 for his role as a gay teenager in the poignant drama Call Me By Your Name. That same year, he co-starred with Woody Allen (A Rainy Day in New York) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird). He is hailed by critics as one of the most promising actors of this generation, having started out in independent filmmaking and is now playing on Netflix’s top-grossing projects and starring in Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster Dune (2024).
Pictured: Timothée Chalamet
Childhood and family
Timothy was born in Manhattan, in the Hell’s Kitchen district, which got its name from the rampant crime that reigned there from the very beginning of the 19th century. However, now it is a prestigious place where businessmen and representatives of the creative intelligentsia prefer to settle. The family of the young actor also belongs to this class.
Timothée Chalamet as a child
Father, Marc Chalamet – French by birth, translator, editor at UNICEF. Mother, Nicole Flender – an American with Jewish, Russian and Austrian roots, a former dancer, Broadway actress. Grandfather Timothy is a famous screenwriter, uncle Rodman Flender is an actor and director, aunt is a TV producer, older sister Pauline is a ballerina, lives in Paris.
The actor’s surname is often translated into Russian as “Chalamet” or “Shalamet”. This is erroneous: his last name is pronounced “Chalame”, with an accent on the last letter.
In early childhood, Timothy often visited his father’s homeland, where he learned to play football well and learned French. As a teenager, the boy, like many of his peers, was fond of rap and even once managed to make a project on statistics in the form of a musical recitative. The teacher did not approve of the young man’s creativity, but his classmates were delighted. Despite such antics (this was far from the only one), the teachers of the LaGuardia school highly appreciated Timothy’s creative abilities and considered him one of the best students.
In 2013, Chalamet passed his final exams perfectly and entered Columbia University, where he studied for only one year. He later became a student at the Gallatin School of Individual Education at New York University.
Timothy began acting in films and commercials at an early age, which is not surprising with such a pedigree. His first notable role was an episode in the series Law & Order, and his full-fledged debut can be considered the work in the spy series Homeland, which won several prestigious film awards. The 16-year-old actor played Finn Walden, the vice president’s rebellious son.
Shot from the series “Motherland”
Soon he made his debut on the theater stage, playing in the production of “Stove” (The Talls) teenager Nicholas.
Young Timothée Chalamet (right) in a production of The Plate
In 2014, Chalamet could be seen as the son of the protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s fantasy film Interstellar. Timothy’s character’s father was played by Matthew McConaughey, who became a good friend of the young actor after filming.
“Interstellar”: Timothée Chalamet played the son of the protagonist
In the same year, the young actor appeared on Worst Friends, presenting a younger version of one of the key characters named Sam. This was followed by roles in the films “The Adderall Diaries”, “Love the Coopers”, “Miss Stevens”, but they all remained little noticed.
Shot from the film “The Adderall Diaries”
The breakthrough came in 2017 with the release of Call Me By Your Name. Timothy played in it a high school student Elio, who fell in love with a young scientist Oliver (Armie Hammer) during the holidays.
At the casting, the guy was asked if he could play the piano. He did this until the age of 12, so he immediately said: “Yes, of course.” Having already received the role, Timothy realized that he had forgotten everything. I had to take daily lessons from an Italian musician for a month.
The tape about non-traditional relationships was highly appreciated in cinematic circles and nominated for an Oscar in four categories, one of which, Best Actor, could have gone to 22-year-old Chalamet, but went to Gary Oldman for his work in the drama Darkest Hour.
“Call me by my name”: Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer play lovers
2017 was remembered for another work of a young actor – the role of a high school student, anarchist hipster Kyle in the heartfelt film about growing up “Lady Bird” with Saoirse Ronan. The film also claimed a gold statuette.
The further fate of another notable picture with the participation of Timothy is still in question. Woody Allen, the director of A Rainy Day in New York, faces another lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment.
“Lady Bird”: Timothée Chalamet as Kyle
In 2018, the promising actor starred in the film Beautiful Boy, in which he played a drug addicted teenager trying to overcome addiction. The story is told from the perspective of his father (Steve Carell).
Timothée Chalamet predicted a great future
In early 2018, it also became known that Timothée Chalamet will star in the Netflix historical drama The King, where he will play Henry V. At the same time, the director of the drama Call Me by Your Name, Luca Gaudagnino, announced the continuation of his film with the same actors.
Personal life of Timothée Chalamet
Before becoming an Oscar contender, Timothy was better known as the boyfriend of Madonna’s daughter Lourdes. They really met for about a year and parted as good friends.
Timothée Chalamet dated Madonna’s daughter
After filming, Woody Allen spread rumors about Chalamet’s affair with Selena Gomez, who played one of the central roles in the film.
In the photo: Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez
And at the beginning of 2018, Hollywood diva Jennifer Lawrence publicly admitted her sympathy for the young actor, noting his talent and sexuality.
Timothée Chalamet now
In September 2024, a new film adaptation of the novel Dune finally premiered in Russia, in which the main character, Paul Atreides, who led the revolution of the oppressed Fremen people on the desert planet Arrakis, was played by Timothée Chalamet.
Timothée Chalamet in the movie Dune
In an interview timed to coincide with the release of the film, Timothy was perplexed why lately he has been getting exclusively the roles of people on whose shoulders the responsibility for saving humanity lies. In his opinion, the director of “Dune” Denis Villeneuve saw in him a wise man. This is Chalamet’s second meeting with the director – he really wanted to work together and auditioned for his film Captives (2013), but then he was still too young and inexperienced.
Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya
But most of all, he was curious to play Paul, a character forced to go from a boy to the leader of a nation in a matter of time, burdened with supernatural abilities. But Dune itself had to be hurriedly finished before the audition, even though he knew that Frank Herbert’s novel had an impact on the Star Wars universe and even on Avatar.
“Dune” is planned as a duology, so in the foreseeable future, viewers will see the second part. And the actor promises to join the ranks of the favorite actors of director Wes Anderson, who cast him in his film The French Messenger. Supplement to the newspaper „Liberty. Kansas Evening Sun”.
Timothée Chalamet stars in new Wes Anderson film
In the upcoming Willy Wonka reboot, Timothy has been cast as the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory. The film will be directed by Paul King, director of The Adventures of Paddington.