As awards show season gets underway, there’s one name on everyone’s lips (and it’s probably not pronounced the way you think it is).
By the looks of things, 21-year-old actor and Call Me By Your Name breakout star Timothée Chalamet is about to explode across the Hollywood landscape. With immense talent, leading man looks, and a refreshingly green approach to industry dealings, the actor is en route to becoming the Leonardo DiCaprio of our generation.
Intrigued? You’re not alone:
Here’s everything you need to know about your new Hollywood crush, Timothée Chalamet.
He Grew Up in N.Y.C.
The New York native attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and went on to attend N.Y.U.'s Gallatin School of Individualized Study—before, you know, becoming a movie star.
He’s a Winner—Literally
Chalamet’s performance in indie adaptation Call Me By Your Name has been universally acclaimed. While the major awards season players (aka The Oscars, The Golden Globes) are still far off, at this point in the game he’s won every award he’s been nominated for, which includes nods from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Gotham Awards.
Again, we have a long way to go, but many are already placing their bets on Chalamet to take home the Oscar for Best Actor in 2018.
Judging by his amazing Gotham Awards acceptance speech—which featured shout-outs to N.Y.C-born ballers like Cardi B—there will be no cutting to commercial if Timothée earns the Academy’s highest honor.
HE’S SO CUTE
OK, you probably didn’t need to read this to figure that out, but enjoy these hand-selected photos anyway.
He’s Starring Alongside Selena Gomez in Woody Allen’s Upcoming Film, A Rainy Day in New York
And that’s not all he’s doing alongside Selena …
And He Pledged to Donate His Salary from the Film to Time's Up
“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” he explained in a lengthy Instagram post. “I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations.”
“But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME’S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN," he continued. "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.”
His Name Is Traditionally Pronounced Tim-o-tay—but Don’t Call Him That
Timothée would like you to CALL HIM BY THE AMERICAN PRONUNCIATION OF HIS NAME. According to Newsweek, his friends call him Timmy.
He’s Fluent in French
He also learned Italian for his role in Call Me By Your Name.
He’s ALSO in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird—and His Character Is Kind of a F—boy, But We're Still Into It
He Used to Date Madonna’s Daughter, Lourdes Leon
Although the details are fuzzy, Timothée confirmed that he and Lourdes dated at some point during their time at Laguardia High. Judging by this interview, he's still adorably flustered by discussing his personal life.