Hollywood’s most gorgeous new star chats to us about fame, school and love.
What a peach!
If you haven’t heard of Timothée before, you’re about to fall head over heels in love. This beautiful boy starred in two of the biggest awards season movies, Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name. He was even nominated for best actor at the Academy Awards and is the youngest male ever to do so. He’s 22, totally adorable, his name is pure poetry (it’s pronounced Timo-tay Shala-may), he’s sweet AF, and we don’t have to tell you that curls get the girls.
How does it feel for you to be famous all of a sudden?
I had no idea what it’s like to be famous. That was never really my intention anyway. I liked walking through the streets of New York and not being recognised. It’s a little different today for me. I am still not really aiming to be famous, though. I just want to share stories that I am very passionate about.
How do you deal with being nominated for an Academy Award at such a young age?
I am always looking for people I can look up to. Whether that’s my parents or my director. I am still pretty insecure about a lot of things in my life. It’s nice to surround yourself with people that have the confidence. It gives me the security I need to deliver a good performance.
Are you afraid of too much fame?
That’s a good question. My friends and my family watch out that I stay grounded. Whenever I get invited to a party I am asked to bring a six-pack – they all think I am making bank now. Which, by the way, is not the case. But I am having a hard time telling that to my friends.
You worked with Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name. Tell us what that was like?
Armie is like a big brother to me. He gave me great advice. He told me not to get distracted too much, keep your eyes on the prize and keep going. That’s what I am trying to do now. I am not going to go crazy because a bit of attention is on me.
Your movies deal with love and nding true love. What is your take on love?
Oh, my, love is a delicate beast. She can grab you, rattle you and drop you just as quick. I am open for love, but I am afraid of being disappointed as well. I am no different than other guys in that respect.
Are you ready to give up that privacy that you cherish so much?
I am still trying to separate my personal and my professional life. My old drama teacher gave me that advice. He told me to protect my emotions and to keep my private life private as much as I can.
Little is known about you and your family. What can you tell us about your family?
My dad is French and he worked for the UN. My mother works as a real-estate broker and for the actors union in New York. I was exposed to art and movies at an early age. My favourite movie was always Dark Knight. I am a huge Batman fan. I wanted my friends to call me Batman when I was little.
You went to a public school in New York, right?
Yes, I did. I went to a public performing arts school. And it manifested my love for my profession. I am a big advocate for the public school system. Without that school system, I would have never made it to acting.
Why is that?
Because you are allowed to make mistakes and you are allowed to fail without consequences. You need to fall flat on your face in order to get through this tough business.
How do you explain success?
This might sound strange, but you need to learn to lose. That’s important. And you have to know where you are in life. Certain jobs are just not within your range. You need to grow and get the experience to grow into certain roles.
What was your rst Mob?
Besides school plays, I played a dead person without a head in my first TV role. I was in eighth grade.
Was it always your dream to be an actor?
No, I wanted to be a professional soccer player. That was my greatest passion. But I realised that I was not fast or
Do you have an actor in Hollywood that you look up to?
I really like Matthew McConaughey. He is a guy who completely immerses himself into his roles. When I met him on Interstellar, he didn’t stay in a hotel. He lived in a trailer because he wanted to stay on set as long as possible. It’s stuff like that that fascinates me.
What was it like to be nominated for an Academy Award and spend time with all those superstars?
It was amazing. I felt like a kid in a candy store. When I went to the luncheon, I just wanted to take as many selfies with all my idols as I possibly could.
Is it true that you are still enrolled in university?
Yes, that is true. I am still taking classes. One of the reasons is also to be among people of my age.
What other passions do you have?
Music has always been my big passion. I once worked as ‘Little Timmy Tim’ as a DJ. But that ended almost as quickly as my soccer career. I am just not good enough to lay down hip-hop tracks. I still love music though.
What is your craziest experience in Hollywood?
My last summer was crazy. I first filmed Call Me By Your
Name, then right after that I did Lady Bird. And after that I flew to New Mexico to shoot Hostiles with Christian Bale. That man is a genius. I still can’t believe my luck. I just hope it stays that way.
I am open for love, but I am afraid of being disappointed as well.