By Ann Silverthorn
Timothée Chalamet is an actor who seems unaware that he is being filmed and playing a character, resulting in believable portrayals. Many people first became aware of Chalamet’s talent in 2017 when he starred in Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name, but he’s been acting in major motion pictures since 2014 and in shorter formats before that. He’s also done some television and theatre work, evidence of his broad versatility as an actor.
Chalamet was born on December 27, 1995 in Manhattan and grew up in the city. His mother is a third-generation New Yorker and his father is French. Timothée holds both French and American citizenship. As a teen, he attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and later, Columbia University for a year, before pursuing independent study at New York University.
With a respectable number of film roles in a short period of time, Chalamet also has a healthy array of projects in the works, including playing the role of Laurie in Little Women, Henry V in The King, and Paul Atreides in the upcoming feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, Dune, which is in pre-production. There is even talk of a sequel to Call Me By Your Name.
You’ll be seeing much more of Timothée Chalamet, so you might want to familiarize yourself with some of his films that are available from DVD Netflix. 2018’s Beautiful Boy, a poignant father/son drama, is currently available for saving to your queue. Here are nine films you can add to your queue for renting immediately.
Occupying a minor role, Chalamet plays a football jock named Danny Vance in this story about how parents can become too immersed with their children’s activities through social media. And also, how those same parents aren’t exactly angels themselves. Chalamet’s classmate from high school, Ansel Elgort, is also in this film, as well as Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt.
It’s the year 2060, and the world has been hit hard by famine, due to disasters and drought. No animals are left and half of the human population has perished. Chalamet’s character is a 15-year-old whose father (Matthew McConaughey) is asked to embark on a mission to find another planet for habitation, accessible through a wormhole. Interstellar contains many mysteries within the farmhouse where the family lives, and it’s interesting how the answers to those mysteries are eventually revealed.
Timothée Chalamet plays the grandson of a long-married couple who are determined to give their family one last memorable Christmas before they announce their plan to divorce. Chalamet and his fellow young cast members were nominated for the Best Young Ensemble Cast in the Young Entertainer Awards in 2016. The ensemble cast of Love the Coopers includes Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ed Helms.
In this indie comedy, Chalamet, as Billy, takes center stage as one of the three high-school students that teacher Rachel Stevens must chaperone on a trip to a state drama competition. The troubled and medicated Billy becomes the object of his teacher’s attention, who has recently lost her mother. Neither Billy, nor Miss Stevens, has many friends, and this serves to bond the two during the trip.
As the teenage version of James Franco’s character, Stephen Elliot, Chalamet provides a view into the past of a troubled writer. Loosely based on Stephen Elliot’s memoir, The Adderall Diaries explores Elliot’s obsession with a murder case and the facing of his past.
A high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) desperately hopes to get out of Sacramento and away from her overbearing mother by attending college in New York City. Chalamet plays a young musician, and budding scoundrel, who is out of Lady Bird’s league. Greta Gerwig made her directorial debut with Lady Bird.
Chalamet’s French background was handy in Hostiles as he played the French-speaking Private DeJardin. It is the late 19th Century and a United States Army captain must escort a Cheyenne chief and his family to their ancestral lands in Montana. During the long journey, the group faces threats from the environment and indigenous tribes.
Set in the summer of 1983, 17-year-old Elio (Chalamet) spends the summer with his parents in Italy. As in previous summers, Elio finds himself in the shadow of a graduate student taking up residence at the family villa, under the guidance of Elio’s father, a university professor. Elio petulantly shows off his musical and scholarly talents to an amused Oliver (Armie Hammer), and both eventually realize an irresistible attraction to each other.
This film is a bit of a departure from those usually associated with Timothée Chalamet. Hot Summer Nights is a thriller set in 1991 on Cape Cod. After his father dies, Daniel (Chalamet) is sent to live with his aunt and soon meets the bad boy in town, with whom he forms a business partnership selling marijuana. When Daniel decides to diversify, things get deadly.