- Birth nameTimothée Hal Chalamet
- Timmy T
- Lil Timmy Tim
- Height5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
- Timothée Hal Chalamet was born in Manhattan, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. His mother, who is from New York, is Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His father, who is from Nîmes, France, is of French and English ancestry. He is the brother of actress Pauline Chalamet, a nephew of director Rodman Flender, and a grandson of screenwriter Harold Flender.
He grew up in an artistic family, appearing in commercials and the New York theatre scene, and attending the LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts, where his classmate and friend was actor Ansel Elgort (the two later received their first Golden Globe nominations in the same year, 2017). For a time, Timothée also attended Columbia University.
He made his film debut in 2014, as a high school student in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children (2014) and Matthew McConaughey's character's teenage son in Interstellar (2014). He subsequently had sizable roles in several indie films, playing the younger version of writer Stephen Elliott in The Adderall Diaries (2015), the male lead, Zac, in the drama One and Two (2015), and Billy in the road trip drama Miss Stevens (2016). On stage, he has appeared in the plays The Talls, by Anna Kerrigan, and John Patrick Shanley's autobiographical Prodigal Son, while on television, he has had a minor role in the film Loving Leah (2009), a big part in Law & Order (1990), and meatier roles on the shows Royal Pains (2009) and Homeland (2011), among other work.
He broke out in 2017, appearing in notable supporting roles, as a soldier in the western Hostiles (2017) and a high school crush of the title character in Lady Bird (2017), and in a leading role as Elio, an Italian Jewish seventeen year-old who romances his father's older assistant, played by Armie Hammer, in the Luca Guadagnino drama Call Me by Your Name (2017). Timothée's role as Elio received significant critical acclaim, and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Drama, and won many critics' groups' awards for Best Actor of the Year.
In 2018, he starred as Nic Sheff, who suffers from substance abuse problems, in the drama Beautiful Boy (2018). In 2019, he will headline the Woody Allen comedy A Rainy Day in New York (2019), with Selena Gomez, play Henry V of England, King from 1413 to 1422, in the historical drama The King (2019), and embody love interest Laurie in Greta Gerwig's take on Little Women (2019).- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tolfe
- ChildrenNo Children
- ParentsMarc Chalamet
- RelativesPauline Chalamet(Sibling)Rodman Flender(Aunt or Uncle)Harold Flender(Grandparent)Enid Rodman(Grandparent)Amy Lippman(Aunt or Uncle)
- Chiseled jawline
- Youthful, boyish face
- Speaks French almost fluently (he puts himself at 97% fluent, because he mistakes certain gendered nouns) and learned how to speak Italian while shooting Call Me by Your Name (2017).
- In 2017, became the youngest winner of the NYFCC's Best Actor prize, for Call Me by Your Name (2017).
- His name is properly pronounced Timo-TAY but he also accepts the English pronunciation Timothy, and nicknames Tim and Timmy. He chooses to go by Timothy because he doesn't like requiring all people to use the French version, as he finds that "pretentious" and "unrelatable".
- The King (2019)'s promotional poster came from a candid photo of him sitting and listening to director David Michôd, the poster was simply shaded and edited darker.
- Though he started acting a child doing commercials, which he says he hated and only did it because New York children are often approached about it, he was inspired to do it professionally after seeing Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight (2008). He also credits Kid Cudi with the reason he is an actor.
- [on working with Greta Gerwig] I would work with Greta on anything. I'm just totally in awe of her. I like working with filmmakers who are ten times smarter than me. Also I get to be the square to the circle of Saoirse Ronan's affections again.
- I think the most precious thing I get from my parents - and I try and give it back to them as much as I can - is their love and support. I hope that doesn't sound cheesy, but it's true. In your late teens, early 20s, you suddenly realize that your parents are human. That doesn't mean I don't get really great advice from them, because I do. But you reach a certain age and you take control of your own life.
- [on method acting] I try to be super careful. The danger is you can end up focusing more on what's going on off-camera than on-camera. You don't want to be entertaining for the sake of being entertaining. The work should be the work. If it resonates, it's going to resonate, and then people are naturally curious about how you got to that destination. It can't be about how you're getting to it.
- I hear about celebrities who have stylists, and that blows my mind. It's certainly not why I act, but I can wear cool clothes from some of the nicest designers in the world. So why am I going to pay someone to figure out what I should be wearing? That's the fun part.
- I'm a big hypocrite in that I believe that the most important part of any audition is the second you leave the room. If you can leave and not beat yourself up, it's going to help you next time. I never actually auditioned for Call Me by Your Name (2017), which kind of blows my mind. I did a reading in New York.
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